Individual Artists Program (IAP)


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2020 Grant Calendar

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The Individual Artists Program aims to assist Chicago's practicing artists in creating work that develops their craft and elevates their careers, while adding to the cultural vitality of the city of Chicago.

The application will open and guidelines will become available on October 22, 2019.

All applicants are encouraged to attend an Application Assistance Workshop to learn about important updates to this year’s program.

Please use the following link to RSVP for a workshop:

The workshop schedule is as follows. All workshops listed below will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center. Additional workshop dates and locations will be added as we approach the application open date.

• Thursday, October 24: 2–4pm - 5 Millennium

• Tuesday, October 29: 12–2pm - 5 Millennium

• Wednesday, October 30: 9–11am - 5th Floor Washington

• Wednesday, November 6: 9–11am - 5 Millennium

• Thursday, November 14: 5:30–7:30pm - 5 Millennium

Rooms are subject to change. Please check to confirm the room upon arrival.


General IAP Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for funding from the Individual Artists Program, applicants must meet each of the following criteria:

• Be at least 18 years old

• Be a United States citizen or permanent legal status

• Be a resident of the city of Chicago, Illinois (proof of residency is required for application - we will only accept a Driver’s License, State of Illinois ID or Chicago CityKey)

• Must not be enrolled in undergraduate college/university studies of any kind.

Please Note: An artist can receive funding through IAP for up to three consecutive years before being required to take one year off from applying. If you have received a grant in 2017, 2018 and 2019, you may not apply for the 2020 cycle. Beginning with the 2021 cycle, artists will only be eligible to receive two consecutive years of support.



2020 Grant Calendar




Application Guidelines Available October 22, 2019  
Application Opens
October 22, 2019
Application Deadline
December 5, 2019 at 5pm CST

Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Notification of Results
By March 31, 2020
All applications will be notified via e-mail sent to the address on file in the CyberGrants system.
Contracting Period April—June 2020 Grant agreement and forms must be filed.
Payments Disbursed
July 2020
This is a projected payment timeline that is subject to change.
Final Reports Due January 31, 2021 Reports will be completed electronically. Reports will open in December 2020.



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Helpful Tools/Tutorials:

“How to Fill out the IAP Grant Budget Sheet”

IAP 2019 Budget Tutorial