Grants & Programs

Program Grant Overview

Program Grants are available for eligible Illinois non-profit organizations that provide arts programming of high artistic merit in arts-education, dance, ethnic and folk arts, literature, media, multi-disciplinary, music, theater and visual arts. Grants are available for either general operating support or project support.

Program Grant funds provide support to established not-for-profit organizations that make a significant local, regional, or statewide impact on the quality of life in Illinois.  Grants recognize arts programming of high quality that is appropriate to and reflective of the communities served and that broaden opportunities for the public to participate in the arts.

Successful applicants demonstrate strong operations, stable management, ongoing assessment and evaluation and a strong commitment to making artistic programs accessible and relevant to a diverse range of participants. Organizations must also show that their programs and activities have artistic, educational, and cultural value.

The Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Program Grant deadline is March 16, 2015.

To access the Program Grant guidelines follow this link:

The electronic application is now available through the Illinois eGrant System.

On Demand Webinar Recording

A recording of the February 18th Program Grant webinar is now available on-demand for those unable to participate live. Follow this link to access the recording: