Grants & Programs

Illinois Arts Council Agency Grants

The intent of the Artist Fellowship Program is to enrich and strengthen the state of Illinois by supporting accomplished Illinois artists who are the foundation of Illinois' creative environment. The Artist Fellowship Program recognizes exceptional artists who have created a substantial body of work throughout their career by providing awards to support continued artistic growth. 

A joint project of the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the Arts and Foreign Language Implementation and Planning Assistance Grants program (AFL) is designed to assist with the development, maintenance, or enhancement of curricular programs in the Arts or Foreign Language.

These grants provide support for artists residencies in schools and communities statewide. Residencies last from one to six months. Primary and secondary educational institutions, community colleges, and local community organizations are eligible to apply, as well as four-year colleges and universities if the residency invovles local K-12 student population.

Artstour & Live Music provides support to eligible Illinois not-for-profit organizations seeking to present Illinois performing artists, companies, or groups for performances, collaborations, or short residencies held in conjunction with performances.

(Regranting): The Community Arts Access program provides the opportunity for local arts agencies to distribute state funds in their own service areas according to their assessment of local needs.

The Ethnic and Folk Arts Master Apprentice Program recognizes the vital role of the master artist/apprentice relationship in the preservation of the state’s cultural heritage. The program helps communities preserve their own culture by providing an opportunity for master traditional artists to pass on their skills to a qualified apprentice in a time-honored method.  

Grants to Arts Service Organizations (ASO) are available to not-for-profit arts service organizations in Illinois for quality programming that provides services to members of the arts community. Grants are available for either general operating support or project support.

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.

Literary Awards recognize Illinois writers and promote greater awareness of non-commercial publishing in the state. The award encourages Illinois not-for-profit literary magazines to publish and disseminate new work by living Illinois writers and poets. Awards are given to both the selected writers and to the magazines (print or web-based) that published their work.

Recognizing that Illinois is the home of creative arts institutions of regional and national significance; the Illinois Arts Council has implemented the Partners in Excellence Program (PIE).  The PIE Program provides general operating support to designated organizations of scale and significance in all regions of the state.

Program Grants are available for 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.

The StARTS Program provides support of up to $2,000 to eligible Illinois not-for-profit organizations, schools, and school districts for short term residencies focused on hands-on learning experiences conducted by Illinois artists, companies, or ensembles.

Through the Summer Youth Employment in the Arts Program, the Illinois Arts Council Agency will support direct funding to Illinois not-for-profit organizations to offer high quality employment initiatives (internships) for high school students. These projects will provide youth with positive cultural experiences and paid on-the-job training in the arts to enhance their personal development.