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 artists and organizations) – DCASE ArtsSpace grants provide access to space in the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park to produce free public programming and exhibitions. Spaces that artists and organizations can apply to use include the Cultural Center’s Michigan Avenue Galleries, Preston Bradley Hall, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, and more.


The 2019 Year of Chicago Theatre Microgrant Program guidelines are now available.

The application deadline is April 5 at 5pm CST.

Download the 2019 Guideline Packet (PDF)

Please use the following link to apply:

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. For the purpose of the Year of Chicago Theatre, DCASE’s definition of theatre is broad and encompassing of dance, improv, opera, cabaret, puppetry, performance art, and other narrative or movement based performing art forms.

Microgrants will range in size from $500 - $5,000.

If you have specific questions about the Micorgrant Program, including eligibility criteria and the application process, you are welcome to join the Chicago Cultural Grants Program team for “Grants Team Open Office Hours” taking place from 12-1pm from March 26 – March 29 in the Chicago Cultural Center’s Randolph Square. Grants team members will be available for 15-minute one on one conversations on a first come first serve basis.