Grants & Programs

Grantee Requirements


The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) supports universal access to the arts. The Agency abides by state and federal laws that prohibit public support to organizations (people or entities) that discriminate against people with disabilities. Therefore, each grantee is required to assure that they are in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

By signing an IACA application or grant agreement, grantees are in effect acknowledging that their programs, services, and facilities are accessible, or a plan to make them accessible is in place and being followed. Funds may not be granted unless applicants are able, if requested, to provide documentation of their efforts to be in compliance.

To help you through these requirements, you can access the National Endowment for the Arts website to download a copy of the "Section 504 Self Evaluation Workbook"

The IACA provides technical assistance and consultation to organizations seeking assistance in ADA Compliance, contact the IACA 504/ADA Coordinator, Encarnacion Teruel at 312-814-6753 or TTY 888-261-7957.

For additional information and technical assistance the Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC): Great Lakes ADA Center provides information, materials, technical assistance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), visit the website at:

A thorough listing of information on accessibility and the arts is also available through the National Endowment for the Arts website.

For additional information and assistance with accessibility as it relates to the arts and Section 504, contact:

NEA Office for AccessAbility: 202-682-5532 voice or 202-682-5496 TDD
ADA hotline at 1-800-949-4232 voice/TDD

U.S. Department of Justice, Americans with Disabilities Act, ADA Home Page

Organizations that receive an Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) grant are required as part of their grant agreement to notify by letter their state representative, state senator, and the Office of the Governor of the IACA grant amount and the project or program it helps support. Copies of these three letters must be submitted to the IACA with the signed grant agreements, and other required documents before grant funds will be released. 


Grant recipients must credit the IACA in all promotional material and public notices in the following manner:

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.



For further information regarding usage of the logo and to download a copy, go to the logo page of this website.

Recipients of federally funded IACA grants:
If a grantee was notified that their grant was funded through federal funds they must, in addition to acknowledging support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, credit the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).  Use this language in all promotional material and public notices:

"This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts"

When possible include the NEA logo in addition to the IACA's logo.  The logo may be downloaded from the from the NEA website.

Final report forms are due within 30 days following the end of the grant period. Failure to submit a final report jeopardizes the receipt of future Council funding and will cause the following penalties to be imposed:

  • There will be a 25% reduction of all current fiscal year awards for a grantee that is late filing any final reports from the previous year.
  • If the grantee has no current fiscal year grant awards, the grantee will be prohibited from applying for any grants during the following fiscal year.

Any grant funds determined to have been misspent or improperly held are subject to recovery according to the terms of the Grants Funds Recovery Act of 1984, as amended. Project expenditures are deemed to consist of grant funds in the same proportions as defined by the matching requirement for the project grant.