Grants & Programs

Partners in Excellence

The Illinois Arts Council Agency has streamlined the application and award process for the upcoming 2024 PIE funding cycle, see details below.

For returning 2023 PIE applicant awardees Fiscal Year 2024 PIE awards will be based on your Fiscal Year 2023 PIE application and award. The IACA will begin sending out email notifications directly to organizations on Tuesday, February 14, 2023.

For new applicants and organizations who did not receive Fiscal Year 2023 PIE grant awards you are encouraged to contact the appropriate Program Staff for full information on the application process (see staff listing below).

IACA Partners in Excellence Grants offer general operating support to established not-for-profit organizations that make a significant local, regional, or statewide impact on the quality of life in Illinois. 

Recognizing that Illinois is the home of creative arts institutions of regional and national significance; the Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) has implemented the Partners in Excellence Program (PIE). The PIE Program provides general operating support to designated organizations of scale and significance in all regions of the state. The PIE Program criteria define the characteristics that distinguish PIE Program grantees and define the program as recognizing organizations that bring access to high standards of arts activities in diverse communities throughout Illinois. The criteria also recognize that access to arts activities and to the resources that support those activities varies widely in different regions of the state. The Partners in Excellence Program places priority on access to arts programs for rural, underserved, and multi-cultural audiences

Informational Webinar and Drop Ins

Opportunities to connect with IACA staff for questions:

Drop-in sessions for questions (interactive), no registration is required. To join click on the link at the meeting time:

Illinois Arts Council Agency PIE Staff Contact

For specific information on this grant, contact 

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