Individual Artists Program (IAP)


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2021 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 2022 Individual Artists Program application will open on November 16 at 9am CST.

For information prior to opening, please view last years’ Information: Download the 2021 Guideline Packet (PDF)

The 2022 Guideline Packet will be available within the next few weeks.


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 resident with Social Security Number

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

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

Please Note: An artist can receive funding through IAP for up to two consecutive years before being required to take one year off from applying. If you have received a grant in 2019 and 2020, you may not apply for the 2021 cycle.



2021 Grant Calendar (Subject to change)





Application Guidelines Available October 26, 2020  
Application Opens
October 26, 2020
Application Deadline
December 1, 2020 at 5pm CST

Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Notification of Results
March 2021
All applications will be notified via e-mail sent to the address on file in the CyberGrants system.
Contracting Period April—June, 2021 Grant agreement and forms must be filed.
Payments Disbursed
July 2021
This is a projected payment timeline that is subject to change. All payments will be disbursed in 2021.
Final Reports Due January 31, 2022 Reports will be completed electronically. Reports will open in December 2021.




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