Grant application deadline has closed. Please check back later this year for the 2020 application.
Grant Review Process
A committee comprised of professionals from Bureau, Marshall, Stark and Woodford Counties meet and review the grants to determine projects that would best serve area communities. For grant approval, hiring Illinois artist/artists, community involvement and reaching the underserved are all vitally important. Each grant recipient is able to receive up to $1,000. Users of the grant money are required to document and publicize the event and provide end of project reports.
Projects must be for non-profit groups, organizations, schools and individual artists with projects and programs that are presented from:
Involvement of Illinois artists and/or groups
Community involvement and access
Need for financial support
Ways the grant will strengthen the organization or individual artist’s project
How will the project impact the community and reach under-represented and under-served populations
Quality of the project
25% cash match
In-kind, non-cash contributions
Publicity – visibility of the project
Foster cultural development of under-represented populations within your service area
Documentation of the scheduled project; film, video and printed materials
Grants cannot be used for artistic programs or functions where artists are not the primary focus. Grants cannot be used to support fundraising projects, benefits, receptions or other social functions.
Grant funds will not be awarded for capital expenditures, permanent equipment, funding for out of state touring, scholarships or deficit funding. All projects must have a public community service emphasis to be funded.
A 1 to 5 point system is applied to each grant, 5 being the highest point rating.
If applications exceed available funds, grants with the highest rating and priority number will receive funding.