Cultural Grants

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DCASE Cultural Grants Programs

The mission of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is to enrich Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. To support this overarching mission, the Cultural Grants Program’s goal is to play an active role in the development of Chicago’s arts and culture community by funding artists and arts organizations that have the potential to meaningfully contribute to the City’s cultural vitality.


The DCASE Cultural Grants Program strives to:

(1) Elevate Chicago’s arts and culture community;

(2) Promote access to the breadth of arts and cultural programming in our city; and

(3) Support those not typically represented in traditional local funding infrastructures.


DCASE Cultural Grants Programs:

Financial Support:

• Individual Artists Program (funding for individual artists) – Provides project-based funding for professional artists.

• CityArts (funding for nonprofit organizations) – Provides general operating and project grants to Chicago-based, arts and culture-focused, non-profit organizations of all sizes.

In Kind Support:

ArtsSpace Program (venue support for nonprofit organizations) – DCASE ArtsSpace grants provide cultural organizations access to space in the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park to produce free public programming and exhibitions.


Year of Chicago Theatre Microgrant Program for Nonprofit Organizations

As part of the 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre, theatre and arts organizations are invited to apply for microgrants as part of the Year of Chicago Theatre. Microgrants will support projects that increase diversity and access in Chicago’s theatre sector, with a focus on Chicago’s South and West sides. Funded projects might include productions, performances or initiatives taking place in underrepresented neighborhoods, devising theatrical works in collaboration with Chicago residents, and building the capacity of culturally specific organizations. Microgrants will range in size from $500 - $5,000.

The workshop schedule, guideline packet and application will be available here beginning on February 25.