Grants & Programs

Program Grant Eligibility

Organizations must be not-for-profit, tax exempt (501c3) entities registered as not-for-profit corporations in good standing with the Illinois Secretary of State, or units of government, or institutions of higher education.  Refer to the Proof of Eligibility page.

  • Applicants must have been providing public arts programming for at least one year prior to the date of application.
  • Grantees must have successfully submitted final reports for all awarded Illinois Arts Council Agency 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 deadline.
  • Applicants must be registered with Dun and Bradstreet and have a DUNS (data universal numbering system) number.
  • All applicants are required to participate in the Illinois Cultural Data Project.
  • The IACA Funder Report submitted as "Attachment B" in the eGrant system, must include data for three consecutive fiscal years one of which must be 2012.  Data for each fiscal year must have received "Review Complete" status from the CDP. 
  • Recently established organizations with less than three years of financial data must submit at least one year of data with "Review Complete" status. 


Applicant Restrictions

  • Organizations with which advisory panelists or IACA Board members are affiliated are eligible to apply.  However, a panelist or Board member may not be the authorizing official signing any documents relating to an application or grant award.
  • With the exception of colleges and universities, multiple Program Grant applications are not accepted from an organization. This does not preclude an organization from applying for other grants from the IACA, in addition to one Program Grant application.