Please review the following eligibility requirements carefully.
The Illinois Arts Council Agency provides public funding to Illinois residents, not-for-profit, tax exempt (501c3) organizations, units of government, and institutions of higher education. Applicants must include proof of eligibility at the time of application.
Organizations must comply with the following:
- be registered as a not-for-profit organization in good standing with the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State.
- At the time of application, applicant organizations must submit one of the following as proof:
- 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.
- At the time of application, applicant organizations will be required to provide a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN), assigned by the Internal Revenue Service. No other form of verification will be accepted. The Illinois Arts Council Agency will use Guidestar’s Charity Check to verify status.
- have a current DUNS number. The Data Universal Numbering System is Dun & Bradstreet's copyrighted, proprietary means of identifying business entities on a location-specific basis. It is a unique nine-digit number recognized as the universal standard for identifying and keeping track of businesses and is required by the U.S. Federal Government.
- At the time of application, applicant organizations will be required to provide the DUNS number. Provided below are two options for obtaining a DUNS number
- If you have misplaced or forgotten your DUNS number, follow this link for step by step instructions on how to retrieve your number from Duns and Bradstreet.
Branches of Government (e.g., Municipal, County, Libraries, Park Districts, etc): In addition to providing FEIN and DUNS numbers on the application form must submit one of the following:
- a copy of the enabling legislation
- a letter from the appropriate governmental body on its letterhead stating that the applicant is an official agency or branch of government
Charitable Trusts: In addition to providing FEIN and DUNS numbers on the application form, must submit one of the following:
- a current Charitable Organization Supplement (Form AG990-IL)
- a letter from the Attorney General verifying current good standing
Schools and Religious Organizations: In addition to providing FEIN and DUNS numbers on the application form must submit:
- a letter claiming exemption from the Illinois not-for-profit requirement as such entities are not required to be incorporated in Illinois. This letter must be signed by the authorizing official on the organization's letterhead.
PTOs, PTAs and other School Affiliate Organizations: In addition to providing FEIN and DUNS numbers on the application form must submit:
- a letter from the affiliated school on school letterhead acknowledging this affiliation. This letter must be signed by the school principal or authorizing official.
At the time of application, applicants must:
- Certify that they are:
- A U.S. citizen or have been granted permanent resident alien status.
- Currently and have been a legal resident of the state of Illinois for at least 12 months prior to the application deadline.
- Submit a copy of one of the following:
- A valid Illinois driver’s license which includes the date issued and expiration date (entire front and back).
- A valid State of Illinois identification card which includes the date issued and expiration date; (entire front and back).
If awarded IACA funds, recipients may be required to provide additional documentation that confirms residency status for at least one year prior to the application deadline. The documentation provided must be:
- Dated at least one year prior to the application deadline;
- In the recipient’s name; and
- Show a legal street address in Illinois.