Grants & Programs

Summer Youth Employment in the Arts Program

Summer Youth Employment in the Arts Program

The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) Summer Youth Employment in the Arts (SYEA) program provides funds to eligible Illinois not-for-profit arts organizations to support summer employment opportunities for high school students. Jobs may be administrative or artistic in nature, or a combination of both. Grant requests for fiscal year 2015 are for employment opportunities occurring between June 1 and August 31, 2015.

This program will provide:

  • Positive experiences and training in the arts to enhance personal growth,
  • Specific skill development to promote career preparation,
  • A deeper and broadened connection to community;
  • Greater awareness and understanding of the impact and value of art in personal and public life; and
  • Support to further the mission and goals of the organization.

General Information

  • Applicants may request support for up to four high school students per summer.
  • Recent high school graduates that have not yet entered college may be included.
  • The IACA will support up to 20 hours per week per student.
  • The stipend offered must be no less than the Illinois minimum wage (see page 8 of the program guidelines for the link to current rates:
  • Students may only participate in one IACA supported position per year.
  • Grant recipients must comply with Illinois state employment laws.


Friday, January 30, 2015. Applications must be successfully submitted to the Illinois eGrant system by 5:00pm central time.