New Eligibility Requirements for FY14 Funding Cycle


Important Information from the Illinois Arts Council regarding new eligibility requirements

The Illinois Arts Council will institute changes to its eligibility requirements in response to rules mandated by the Federal Government and policies adopted by the Illinois Arts Council.  These changes go into effect for the Fiscal Year 2014 funding cycle and will be strictly enforced. 

The Illinois Arts Council encourages its constituency to ensure that they are in compliance with these new eligibility requirements.  The first application deadline impacted by these new requirements is March 15, 2013, for the Program Grants, Partners in Excellence (PIE), and Arts Service Organizations funding areas.

Every organization that requests funding from the Illinois Arts Council must meet all of the following eligibility requirements by the application deadline:

The NEW requirements are:

  • 501(c)(3)  Tax-Exempt Status

Applicant organizations will be required to hold tax-exempt status from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and must qualify as a charitable organization under Section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 as amended.  Units of government, institutions of higher education, or Federally-recognized Indian tribal governments are not required to obtain this status and are still eligible to apply.

For information on how to obtain tax-exempt status go to:

Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)

In order to verify tax-exempt status, applicant organizations will need to provide a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN), also known as the EIN, assigned by the Internal Revenue Service.  No other form of verification will be accepted.  The Illinois Arts Council will use Guidestar's Charity Check to verify status.

To apply for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) online go to:

  • DUNS Number

Applicant organizations will need to obtain a DUNS number.  The Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) is Dunn & Bradstreet's copyrighted, proprietary means of identifying business entities on a location-specific basis.

DUNS Number by Web, visit:

DUNS Number by phone, call: 1-866-705-5711, Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. CST

The following eligibility requirements will continue to be in effect and be enforced:

  • Illinois Secretary of State "In Good Standing" status - applicant organizations must be incorporated and registered as a not-for-profit corporation in good standing with the Illinois Secretary of State, or be an institution of higher education or unit of government (with the exception of agencies of the State of Illinois which are ineligible to receive funds from the IAC)
  • Applicants must have been in active service to the public for at least a year prior to the date of application.
  • Grantees must have successfully submitted final reports for all awarded Illinois Arts Council grants in the last two completed fiscal years, and have no record of forfeiture of grants during the same period.
  • Applicants must submit all required application materials by the published deadline.
  • Applicants to the Program Grants, Partners in Excellence (PIE), and Grants to Arts Service Organizations funding areas are required to participate in the Illinois Cultural Data Project.
    • For FY2014 applications to the Program Grants, Partners in Excellence, and Service Organizations funding areas, the IAC Funder Report, submitted as "Attachment B" in the eGrant system, must include data for fiscal years 2009, 2010, and 2011.  Data for each fiscal year must have received "Review Complete" status from the CDP.  Data for other fiscal years will not be accepted. 

The Illinois Arts Council website and program guidelines will be updated to reflect these new requirements.

The FY2014 guidelines and application for the Program Grants, Partners in Excellence and Grants to Arts Service Organizations Programs will be available from the IAC website in mid-January 2013.


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