Individual Artists Program (IAP)

The Individual Artists Program (IAP) 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. IAP grants support artists across all artistic disciplines including Film & Media Arts, Literary Arts, Music, Performing Arts (Theater/Dance), and Visual Arts/Design.

Please note that City of Chicago offices are closed Monday, January 15, 2024 in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday. We recommend applicants plan accordingly and submit materials in advance of the deadline when possible. DCASE staff will respond to questions through the application deadline of Tuesday, January 16, 2024.

IAP Webinars

Register to attend an online general information session or workshop on the 2024 IAP grant program. All applicants are highly encouraged to attend a virtual IAP webinar.

Thursday, December 7 | 10:00am - 11:00am CT | View Recording (Info Session)

Wednesday, December 13 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm CT | View Recording (Full Application Workshop)

Wednesday, December 20 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm CT | View Recording (Budget Workshop)

Monday, January 8 | 11:00am - 12:00pm CT | View Recording (Info Session)

If you have questions and are not able to access these virtual meetings, if you need assistance in another language, or if you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to attend or apply please contact for assistance.

Webinars will be recorded and shared as a resource. Applicants do not need to attend a webinar to apply.


IAP Drop-In Sessions

Meet with a DCASE staff member to discuss or ask questions about your Individual Artists Program application. Advance registration is not required. Sessions are first-come, first-served.

Brighton Park, Chicago Public Library, 4314 S. Archer Ave. | Thursday, December 21 | 12:30pm - 2:30pm CT | Spanish translation available

Pullman Branch, Chicago Public Library, 11001 S. Indiana Ave. | Thursday, December 21 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm CT

Humboldt Park Branch, Chicago Public Library, 1605 N. Troy St. | Wednesday, January 3 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm CT

• Chicago Cultural Center, Randolph Square, 1st Floor North, 78 E. Washington St. | Thursday, January 4 | 11:00am - 12:30pm CT

Albany Park Branch, Chicago Public Library, 3401 W. Foster Ave. | Saturday, January 6 | 1:30pm - 3:30pm CT

Vodak - East Side, Chicago Public Library, 3710 E. 106 St. | Tuesday, January 9 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Learning Lab, 1st Floor South, 78 E. Washington St. | Wednesday, January 10 | 10:30am - 12:00pm CT

• Chicago Cultural Center, Learning Lab, 1st Floor South, 78 E. Washington St. | Thursday, January 11 | 3:00pm - 4:30pm CT

Little Village Branch, Chicago Public Library, 2311 S. Kedzie Ave. | Saturday, January 13 | 10:00am - 12:00pm CT


IAP Community Information Sessions

Join for a brief presentation on the Individual Artists Program and ask general questions about the program and application. Advance registration is not required.

18th Street Casa de Cultura, 2057 W. 18th St. | Thursday, December 21 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm CT | Spanish translation available

Kusanya Café, 825 W. 69th St. | Wednesday, January 10 | 10:00am - 12:00pm CT

En Las Tablas, 4111 W. Armitage Ave. | Wednesday, January 10 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm CT | Spanish translation available

(cancelled due to weather) South Side Community Art Center, 3831 S. Michigan Ave. | Friday, January 12 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm CT


Visit this page for the most up-to-date list of application assistance opportunities.


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

• Music

• Performing Arts (Theater/Dance)

• Visual Arts & Design


Key Points

• DCASE anticipates making 200 - 250 grants through this program.

• We anticipate funding approximately 25% of applicants.

Beginning in 2024, artists must take one year off from applying after being selected for an IAP grant. 2023 IAP grantees are not eligible to apply.

• We will prioritize funding applicants that did not receive other support from DCASE in 2022 or 2023.

• DCASE’s Cultural Grants Program strives for an equitable distribution of artistic services across the city and will prioritize projects created by residents of community areas which have been historically under-resourced.

• We will accept requests up to $6,000.


Eligibility Criteria

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

• Be a practicing artist, artisan, curator, or cultural producer.

• 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)

• Be at least 18 years old

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

For more detailed information on Eligibility, review the 2024 IAP Guidelines.


2024 Grant Calendar (Subject to change)




Guidelines Available November 29, 2023 Access guidelines at
Application Opens
November 29, 2023
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Application Deadline
January 16, 2024 at 5pm CT

No extensions will be granted.

May 2024
All applications will be notified via email.
Contracting Period May - July 2024 Grant agreement and forms must be filed.
Payments Disbursed
TBD - Anticipated in October 2024
This is a projected payment timeline that is subject to change. All payments will be disbursed in 2024.
Final Reports One month following end of grant period Reports will be completed electronically. Grantees will receive an email communication to confirm their report deadline.



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