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The 2022 CityArts Applications are closed.

Download the Guideline Packet (PDF)

Download the Guideline Packet in Spanish (PDF)


2022 CityArts Program Virtual Webinars

CityArts webinar recording from February 10, 2022


2022 CityArts Program Overview

The goal of DCASE’s CityArts Program is to encourage the attainment of artistic excellence and financial stability, and to incentivize innovation related to citywide priorities.

This year’s program will include opportunities to apply for general operating grants across all artistic disciplines, as well as special project grants to support Chicago's dance community.

DCASE received an unprecedented increase to the Cultural Grants Program budget in 2022, allowing us to significantly increase general operating grant amounts. Changes made to the 2022 program are in direct response to needs raised by the local community for larger, more flexible grants.

General Operating grant amounts for selected grantees will be determined as outlined below, based on the organization’s average Annual Adjusted Income over the past three years.

• Average Annual Adjusted Income of <$10,000: Grant amount will be approximately equal to the organization’s average annual adjusted income.

• Average Annual Adjusted Income of $10,000 - $100,000: Grant amount will be $10,000.

• Average Annual Adjusted Income of $100,000 - $500,000: Grant amount will be up to 10% of the organization’s average annual adjusted income and no more than $25,000.

• Average Annual Adjusted Income of $500,000+: Grant amount will be up to 5% of the organization’s average annual adjusted income and no more than $50,000.

General Operating grants will be renewable for one year and organizations that have received support through CityArts for three consecutive years DO NOT need to go off cycle in 2022.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for a CityArts grant, applicants must meet the following criteria.

Organizations must:

• Have a primary mission to create, produce, present, provide, or support arts and culture services for the public.

• Offer programs in an artistic discipline, operate as a museum, or serve as an arts service organization.

• Be a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization incorporated for at least 12 months prior to applying (must have been incorporated as of January 2021). General operating applicants must have been incorporated within the state of Illinois. National organizations with a Chicago branch are eligible to apply for project grants.

• Be a resident company in the city of Chicago with a valid street address (P.O. Boxes will not be accepted).

• Primarily serve the residents of the city of Chicago (demonstrate that, on average, half of all programming occurs within the city of Chicago limits).

Special eligibility criteria for general operating grants only: Organizations must not be receiving other significant support (cash or In Kind) from the City of Chicago or a City of Chicago Delegate Agency. Significant support is defined as more than $1M within the calendar year towards an organization’s annual budget.


2022 Grant Calendar




Application Opens
and Guidelines become available
February 7, 2022      
Application Deadline

March 22, 2022

5pm CST

No Extensions will be Granted

Applications must be submitted at least one week before the deadline to avoid technical issues. Any technical issues reported within the week prior to the deadline might not be resolved in time for you to successfully submit your application.

Notification of Results
July 2022
All applicants will be notified via e-mail sent to the address on file in the CyberGrants system.
Contracting Period July-October 2022 Grant agreements and necessary attachments will be completed by grantees and processed by the cultural grants team.
Payments Disbursed
November 2022
Timeframe is subject to change. Please refer to this calendar for updates.



ElevArte Carnaval 2012 Photograper Kyle LaMere