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Opportunities for Communities

IAC Grants for Communities

General Operating Support (GOS) & Youth Employment in the Arts (YEA)

Opens: May 30, 2024
Deadline: July 19, 2024

General Operating Support (GOS) Grants are available for Illinois non-profit organizations that provide ongoing arts programming.

Youth Employment in the Arts (YEA) Grants provide funds to GOS grantees for individuals between the ages of 14-22.

Regional Arts Partner (RAP)

Opens: June 20, 2024
Deadline: July 19, 2024

The Regional Arts Partner (RAP) Grant creates a partnership between the Illinois Arts Council (IAC) and IAC-designated organizations by providing funds to expand local mechanisms that encourage and support developing arts programs throughout the organization’s service area. Based on the assessment and perception of local needs, the RAP regranting funds make it possible for designated RAPs to develop grantmaking processes that are responsive to their service area.

Creative Catalyst Grant (CCG)

Opens: July 10, 2024
Deadline: Open Deadline

Creative Catalyst Grant offers support to Illinois artists and non-profit organizations for arts-related projects, programming, events, and/or professional development.


The Creative Catalyst Grant replaces the previous ArtsTour & Live Music, Short-term Artist Residencies, and Individual Artist Support Grants.

Community Public Artworks Fund

Opens: July 15, 2024
Deadline: September 6, 2024
Grant Range: TBD

The Community Public Artworks Fund supports the creation of public artworks.


IAC Initiatives for Communities

Local Arts Network

The Local Arts Network (LAN) is an initiative to build capacity and excellence amongst Local Arts Agencies so they can better serve their communities and to provide opportunities for validation and support. The LAN is open to leaders from Local Arts Agencies across Illinois.

Illinois Creative Collaborative

Additional State Funding and Other Resources

Illinois DCEO Grants

DCEO's grant programs provide funds to organizations throughout Illinois that support and maintain a strong economy. To better assist potential and current grantees, this page contains a variety of resources to provide end to end support for grant recipients.

NEA Our Town

Part 1 deadline is August 1, 2024;
Part 2 is open August 8-15


National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Guidelines and application instructions for Our Town are now available online. Through project-based funding for cross-sector partnership work, the program supports activities that integrate arts, culture, and design into local efforts that strengthen communities.

NEA Grants for Arts Projects

Deadlines Vary


NEA Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) provides expansive funding opportunities to strengthen the nation’s arts and culture ecosystem. Through project-based funding, the program supports opportunities for public engagement with the arts and arts education, for the integration of the arts with strategies promoting the health and well-being of people and communities, and for the improvement of overall capacity and capabilities within the arts sector.

Discipline-Specific Resources

Search for additional state and national resources for organizations through the IAC's Discipline-Specific Resources database.    

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