NYFA: New York Foundation for the Arts
Address Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago,IL 60602
Phone Number 312.744.3316
Fax Number (312)744-2089
TTY Number (312)774-2947
Email [email protected]
Website http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca.html
Executive Director Michelle Boone
Founding Year 1984
Incorporating Year 0
Mission Statement 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 overarching mission, the Cultural Grants Program’s goal is simple: to serve as a catalyst to foster a robust, healthy arts community where artists, nonprofit arts and culture organizations and creative industries thrive. DCASE provides more than $1 million annually in direct funding for Chicago’s arts community through its Cultural Grants Program. Designed to reach artists and nonprofit arts organizations across every community in Chicago, 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.
Program Name Individual Artists Program
Program Contact
Program Phone
Program Email
Year Program Founded 0
Description of Program The goal of the DCASE Individual Artists Program is to discover, nurture, and expand Chicago’s individual artists. Through this grant 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. Grants will be provided for professional development, teaching opportunities, and creative projects.
Conditions/Public Service Requirements
Award Website http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/grants.html
Where does the program take place?
Does this program primarily support the creation of new work? No
Support or Services Provided as part of the Program
    Description of Support or Services CATEGORY 1: Creation of Artistic Work
    Applicants may apply for a Category 1 grant to seek support for the development or creation of artistic work or creative enterprises. There must be an intention to make the work accessible to the public in the near future. Note that we will not fund applicant compensation (you may not use DCASE funds to pay yourself). However, we will accept requests for a wide variety of creative and artistic projects.

    CATEGORY 2: Professional Development
    Apply for a Category 2 grant to seek support for professional development opportunities related to your career. Note that we will not fund applicant compensation (you may not use DCASE funds to pay yourself).

    CATEGORY 3: Instructional Arts Programs
    Apply for a Category 3 grant to seek support to provide high-quality, creative, instructional workshops/classes/performances. Instructional programs must be designed to serve youth, seniors, or persons with disabilities at sites located in and serving low-to-moderate income communities.
    Amount Awarded by this Program (if an award) 2000.00 - 4000.00
    Related Arts
    DanceDance, All
    Media ArtsMedia Arts, All
    Folk/Traditional ArtsFolk/Traditional Arts, All
    Design ArtsDesign Arts, All
    LiteratureLiterature, All
    MusicMusic, All
    Performance Art/Interdisciplinary
    TheaterTheater, All
    Visual ArtsVisual Arts, All
    Gender No Requirement
    Age 18 and older
    Can Previous Awardees Re-apply? Yes W/ Restrictions
    • No Requirement
    Career Point
    • No Requirement
    Special Population
    • No Requirement
    Other Restrictions To apply for the Individual Artists Program grant, applicants must meet each of the following criteria:

    - Be professional, practicing artists, or creative professionals in one of the following disciplines: Visual (includes Graphic Artists), Music, Dance, Theater, Performance Art, Interdisciplinary, Literary, Fashion Design, Industrial Design, Architecture, Film, Social Practice, Culinary Arts; and

    - Must be 18 as of April 19, 2013; and

    - Be a United States citizen or a holder of permanent alien status; and

    - Be a resident of the city of Chicago, Illinois.

    Note: DCASE will not be able to provide grant funds to any individual or organization that has outstanding debt with the City of Chicago. Also, the DCASE will only accept ONE application per artist per grant cycle – each applicant must self-select a single Funding Category in which to apply from the options below.
    Total Number of Applicants (annually) 0
    Total Number of Recipients (annually) 0
    Total Number of Awards (annually) 0
    Total Amount Awarded by this Program (annually) $0
    Procedure Open Application
    Contact Requirements
    Material/Process Once applicants have completed the online eligibility quiz, they will be automatically directed to DCASE's new online grants application software program where they can complete the application.
    Application Fee $0
    Exact Deadline
    Approximate Deadline April
    Rolling Deadline No
    Ideal Contact Month for New Application and Guidelines
    Selection Process/Criteria Grant applications will be evaluated by a DCASE Internal Review Committee and by a panel comprised of artists, arts administrators and advocates representing a broad range of the community. Applications will be evaluated according to specific Funding Criteria. Panelists will be instructed to approach their evaluation of applications holistically through a review of all submitted materials.
    Notification Process
    Are awardees required to submit a Final Report? False
    Awardee's Public Service Requirement?