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IAC Grants for Educators

Arts & Foreign Language (AFL)

Opens: TBD
Deadline: TBD

Grant Range: up to $40,000 for planning, $100,000 (Y1), $75,000 (Y2), and $50,000 (Y3)

The Arts & Foreign Language (AFL) Grant is to support arts and foreign language education in schools, with an emphasis on ensuring that these areas become part of the school’s core curriculum. Funding is available for each area for up to four years, with one year of planning and three years of implementation.

Creative Accelerator Fund (CAF)

Opens: TBD 
Deadline: TBD

Fund Size: TBD

The Creative Accelerator Fund (CAF) provides holistic support to Illinois artists. A primary goal of the program is to bolster a creative workforce that composes a significant portion of Illinois’ creative and economic activity.

Creative Catalyst Grant (CCG)

Opens: TBD 
Deadline: TBD

Fund Size: TBD

Creative Catalyst Grants (CCG) are available to Illinois artists and non-profit organizations that have unique arts projects that need financial support.

Theatre Communications Group 2024 National Conference Scholarships

Opens: February 26, 2024
Deadline: March 27, 2024

Scholarship Amount: up to $1,500

IAC is offering scholarship funds of up to $1,500 to cover expenses related to attending the Theatre Communications Group 2024 National Conference, to include registration, travel, and hotel costs. The TCG 2024 National Conference will be held in Chicago, IL, June 20-22, 2024.

2024 Leadership Exchange in Arts & Disability Conference Scholarships

Opens: February 26, 2024
Deadline: March 27, 2024

Scholarship Amount: up to $1,500

IAC is offering scholarship funds of up to $1,500 to cover expenses related to attending the 2024 Leadership Exchange in Arts & Disability (LEAD) Conference, to include registration, travel, and hotel costs. The 2024 LEAD Conference will be held in Seattle, WA, July 29- August 2, 2024.

IAC Initiatives for Educators

Poetry Out Loud

Opens: Fall
Closes: January

Illinois Regional POL Contests: Varies, generally in February

Illinois Statewide POL Contest: Early March

A partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and the state arts agencies, Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering free educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition for high school students across the country. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.  

Artstour Roster

The ArtsTour Roster is a resource created in collaboration between the Illinois Presenters Network and the Illinois Arts Council.  This directory lists Illinois performing artists, companies, and ensembles that tour the state.The Artstour Roster is used by Illinois presenters including schools, libraries, park districts, arts and community organizations, and performing arts presenters to identify artists, companies and groups to perform in their communities.

Illinois Creative Collaborative

Additional State Funding and Other Resources

Discipline-Specific Resources

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

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