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Regional Arts Partners

General Information

The Regional Arts Partners (RAP) Program 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 Program’s regranting funds make it possible for designated Regional Arts Partners (RAPs) to develop grantmaking processes that are responsive to their service area.

A list of current RAPs is available here.

The RAP Program is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Sign up here to be notified when this grant application opens. 

Eligibility Requirements

The Illinois Arts Council provides public funding to not-for-profit, tax exempt (501c3) organizations, units of government, and institutions of higher education. Applicants must include proof of eligibility at the time of application. 

Organizational applicants must serve as one the following:

  • A registered Not-For-Profit Organization in good standing with the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State
  • Branch of Government (e.g., Municipal, County, Libraries, Park Districts, etc.)
  • Charitable Trust 
  • Institutions of higher education and Religious Organizations  
  • PTOs, PTAs and other School Affiliate Organizations

Organizational applicants must:

  • Have a valid FEIN and UEI number
  • Be pre-qualified in the state’s GATA system
  • Apply utilizing a Salesforce account registered to the organizational applicant.



Grant Range



Am I eligible to apply?

RAP grants are for designated Local Arts Network organizational grantees. If you believe your organization may be eligible please contact your regional program director.