Grants & Programs

Individual Artist Support

Individual Artist Support Program

The Individual Artist Support (IAS) program assists Illinois artists to realize a career goal, take advantage of a professional opportunity, or to produce and present an artistic project.

General Information
The IAS program encompasses two different tracks. Each track has specific limitations and requirements. Read the entire guidelines thoroughly to determine which track best suits your goals. Artists may apply to only one track each fiscal year.

  • Track 1: Professional Development (IAS/PD) supports professional development opportunities related to an individual artist’s career. Applicants can request grant amounts between $500 and $1,000 with no cash match required. Applicants must secure funds to cover any remaining costs exceeding $1,000.
  • Track 2: Artist Project (IAS/AP) supports individual artists in the production and presentation of an artistic project. Applicants may request a maximum of 75% of the total cash expenses of the project up to $3,000. The minimum request is $500. Applicants must secure a cash match to cover the remaining costs.

Open Deadline - Grant requests for fiscal year 2014 will be accepted through June 1, 2014 for activities occurring through December 31, 2014. Applications must be received by the IACA no less than 10 weeks prior to the project starting date.

Use the menu to the left to navigate through the complete Individual Artist Support program (IAS) online guidelines. A link to the eGRANT Instructions can be found in the "Resources" section.