Art Grants

Thank you for your interest in applying for a grant from The Arts of Starved Rock Country Fund!

We are pleased to partner with non-profit organizations, schools, libraries, and community groups who support the arts and arts programs.

There are two grant cycles per calendar year for the Art Grant. We will begin accepting applications for the first grant cycle on March 15 through May 1 with announcements in early June. Applications will also be accepted October 15 through December 1 with grant announcements made in early January.

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Grant Approval

All grant awards are subject to availability of funds and the impact the program, project or initiative will have in the community. This is a competitive grant opportunity and applications will be evaluated on a measurable scale by the Grants Advisory Committee.

Grant Information

The Arts Of Starved Rock Country Art Grants

Grants are available to non-profit organizations throughout LaSalle, Bureau, and Putnam Counties. Proof of non-profit status is required, and a copy of your 501(c)3 letter from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) must be attached to your grant application.

Schools, Libraries, Community Groups: Grants must be used for charitable purposes that serve a broad range of your students, members and/or the community at large.

Excess Grant Funds:

Excess dollars must be returned. All grant dollars must be expended prior to the date indicated in the award letter.

Final Reports

All Final reports are due to the SRCCF office no later than 60 days after the completion of the project, event, or initiative. No additional awards will be granted unless the final report for an existing grant is received. The Final Grant Report document will be sent to you with the award check and is also available online.

Art Grant Documents

Get Started by downloading the Art Grant Documents

Submit your application

Submit your application and required documents using the form below, and a member of our team will be in touch with you if we need additional information.

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Other Art Grant Opportunities

Illinois Arts Council Agency Grants

The Illinois Arts Council Agency  was created as a state agency by the Illinois General Assembly in 1965 through legislation sponsored by Senators Paul Simon, Thomas McGloon, and Alan Dixon.  The agency is governed by up to twenty-one private citizens chosen for their demonstrated commitment to the arts and appointed by the Governor. Council members serve in a voluntary, non-paid capacity and are charged with developing the state’s public arts policy, fostering quality culturally diverse programs, and approving grants expenditures. A small professional staff with in-depth knowledge of the arts develops and administers the agency’s programs, provides technical assistance, and ensures the responsible and impactful distribution of all funds. Resources to support the Illinois Arts Council Agency are provided by the Governor and General Assembly of Illinois and the National Endowment for the Arts.

National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is proud to support the nation’s arts sector with grant opportunities so that together we can help everyone live more artful lives. The arts contribute to our individual well-being, the well-being of our communities, and to our local economies. As we emerge from the pandemic and plan for the future, the arts are also crucial to helping us make sense of our circumstances from different perspectives.

The NEA is the only arts funder in the United States—public or private—that provides access to the arts in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. jurisdictions. Each year, we award thousands of grants nationwide, including grants to first-time applicants.
Whether you are a first-time or returning applicant, we welcome the opportunity to connect with you. Our staff strives to ensure that all applicants receive the support they need to understand every step of the process.

Artist Fellowship Program

The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) is pleased to announce the opening of the fiscal year 2024 (FY24) Artist Fellowship Program. The application is open in the Illinois Arts Council’s online Salesforce system and has a deadline of 11:59 PM central time on November 3, 2023. Awards will be announced in the spring of 2024.

The Artist Fellowship Program’s intent is to enrich and strengthen the state by supporting accomplished Illinois artists who are the foundation of Illinois’ creative environment. The program recognizes exceptional artists who are at a career stage beyond emerging and have created a substantial body of work throughout their careers. The program does not support an artist’s specific project but rather provides monetary awards to support an artist’s continued artistic growth and exploration.

The IACA will provide a limited number of $15,000 awards across the following discipline categories:

Crafts

Digital Arts

Ethnic & Folk Arts

New Art Forms (non-performative)

Photography

Sculpture

Visual Arts (includes the 2D sub-categories of painting, mixed-media, printmaking, and other non-digital-based visual arts)

A limited number of $1,500 Finalist Awards will also be given. The IACA encourages artists working in these disciplines and who are residents of Illinois to apply. Fellowship applications will be submitted to IACA’s online platform.

Art and Culture Grants in Illinois

Search for art and culture grants on GrantWatch.com including grants for artists, performing arts, music, dance, visual, arts programs, local arts events, arts education and graphic arts programming.

The GIG Fund

Arts Midwest’s Grow, Invest, Gather (GIG) Fund provides financial support to arts organizations for rebuilding and re-imagining creative engagement in their communities amidst the challenging uncertainty affecting all corners of the creative sector. Whether your organization is recovering, starting anew, or doing your best to hold steady, this flexible support opportunity will help you grow by investing in your capacity to gather your community to experience the power of creative expression together. Funds are intended for organizations to build their capacity by having multiple points of access to support presenting performing and visual artists of high artistic merit, virtually or in-person.

Arts of Starved Rock Country Fund

The arts are alive in Starved Rock Country!