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City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Cultural Grants Program


2013 Cultural Grants due APRIL 19TH! Opportunities for individual artists, creative professionals, and non-profit arts organizations.

The mission of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is to enrich Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. To support this mission, DCASE provides more than $1 million a year in direct funding for Chicago’s Arts Community through its Cultural Grants Program. Designed to reach artists and creative professionals and not-for-profit organizations within every community of the city of Chicago, these grants provide operating funds, as well as support for professional development, the creation of new work, and instructional arts programs. Grants are awarded through a competitive panel review process.

Announcing the 2013 Cultural Grants Program

Individual Artists Program
The goal of the DCASE Individual Artists Grant Program is to discover, nurture, and expand Chicago’s individual artists and creative professionals. Through this program, DCASE will award $2,000-$4,000 grants to Chicago-based artists over 18 years of age, at all career levels and working across numerous disciplines. This program encompasses three different tracks:
  • Category One:  Creative Projects
  • Category Two:  Professional Development 
  • Category Three:  Development of Arts Instruction Programssupports artists to provide high-quality instructional arts projects to benefit youth, senior citizens, or people with disabilities in Chicago’s low-to-moderate income neighborhoods.

CityArts Program (for non-profit arts organizations)
CityArts is a program that encourages the attainment of artistic excellence and financial stability through general operating support for arts organizations. Arts organizations with annual budgets under $5M will be eligible to apply, and can request a one-year grant. Awards will range from $2,000 to $10,000, based on the organization’s annual operating budget.  To apply, organizations will be required to create and complete a 2012 Data Profile within the Cultural Data Project (CDP), and provide CDP with a 2012 DCASE Funder Report. CDP is an online system for collecting standardizing historical financial and organizational data. For organizations new to CDP, we will offer two training webinars on March 13 and 20 to familiarize applicants with the system. Visit our website for more information.

The application deadline for both programs is Friday, April 19th at 11:59 PM CST. 
Applications, guidelines, & further information are now available at www.ChicagoCulturalGrants.org.

DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS & SPECIAL EVENTS
78 East Washington, Room 522
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Email:  CulturalGrantMaking@cityofchicago.org

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