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. Designed to reach artists, creatives, and nonprofit arts and culture organizations across Chicago, DCASE Cultural Grants provide operating funds and project support for nonprofits and project specific funding for individual artists.
Kalena Chevalier, Deputy Commissioner, Cultural Grants & Resources
Melanie Wang, Program Director, Cultural Grants
Julie Partynski, Grants Administrator
Meghan Beals, Grants Coordinator
Melissa Thomfohrda, Grants Coordinator