Individual Artists Program (IAP)

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2022 Grant Calendar

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 The 2022 Individual Artists Program application is now closed.

 Download the guideline packet (PDF)

 Download the guideline packet in Spanish (PDF)

 To apply, please visit:

 The application closed on January 7, 2022 at 5:00pm CST.


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.

DCASE received an unprecedented increase to the Cultural Grants Program budget in 2022, which has doubled the funds available through this program this year.


2022 Individual Artist Program Grant Application Virtual Webinars

A webinar recording will be available here shortly after the sessions have taken place. Applicants do not need to attend a webinar to apply.

Full-Length Program Overview Webinar

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Join DCASE for a What’s New in 2022 Webinar

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General Information

Individual Artists Program (IAP) Grants support the creation, development, or presentation of artwork and professional development.

Grants support artists across all artistic disciplines including:

• Film & Media Arts
• Literary Arts
• Performing Arts (Theatre/Dance)
• Music
• Visual Arts & Design

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 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). If your ID does not show a Chicago address and you are not able to get an updated ID because of DMV closures or Chicago CityKey appointment cancellations due the current surge of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may upload a lease or utility bill in addition to your ID to prove your Chicago residency.

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

• Must be a practicing artist, artisan, curator or cultural producer.

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 2020 and 2021, you may not apply for the 2022 cycle.


2022 Grant Calendar (Subject to change)




Application Guidelines Available November 16, 2021  
Application Opens
November 16, 2021
Application Deadline
January 7, 2022 at 5pm CST

Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Notification of Results
April 2022
All applications will be notified via e-mail sent to the address on file in the CyberGrants system.
Contracting Period July 2022 Grant agreement and forms must be filed.
Payments Disbursed
TBD - Earliest is July 2022
This is a projected payment timeline that is subject to change. All payments will be disbursed in 2022.
Final Reports Due January 31, 2023 Reports will be completed electronically. Reports will open in December 2022.



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