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The Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund application is now closed.
The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented strain on the arts and cultural community.
The performing arts in particular are focused on bringing people together for live, shared experiences – activities that are impossible with the necessary restrictions on gatherings in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Performing arts venues are among the hardest hit by the pandemic. They have ongoing facilities expenses, but continue to experience major income losses. They will be some of the last businesses to reopen at full capacity and when they do, they will have to drastically rethink capacity, seating, staging and more.
These businesses and organizations are incredibly important to the fabric of neighborhoods, providing space and support to artists, cultural workers, and performing arts companies. To address the unique circumstances faced by these venues, the City of Chicago, with support from the Walder Foundation and the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund and in partnership with Accion, has established the Performing Arts Venue Relief Program to provide support to this critical part of the arts and culture sector.
The Performing Arts Venue Relief Program will distribute $10,000 grants to up to 120 for-profit and nonprofit performing arts venues to cover lost revenue due to COVID-19. Funds will be allocated through an equity lens that considers the history of disinvestment and the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 on the South and West sides of Chicago. The program will prioritize funding organizations located on the South and West sides, in LMI (Low and Moderate Income) community areas, organizations that were not eligible for the City of Chicago’s Together Now program, and organizations that have not received grants through the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund, the City of Chicago’s Together Now program, or the 2020 CityArts Large program for organizations with budgets over $2M.
Grants will be distributed via a lottery system. The application deadline is October 23 at 5pm Central Standard Time.
To be eligible to apply for a Performing Arts Venue Relief Program grant, organizations must meet the following criteria:
We will only accept one application per organization, even if the organization has multiple venues.
*Artists employed or contracted by venue must be paid at or above minimum wage and/or be paid a percentage of cover fees/ticket sales. Theatre and dance rental houses that do not contract directly with artists or companies are exempt from this requirement.
Grants may not be used for severance pay, workforce bonuses other than hazard pay or overtime, property taxes, legal settlements, or reimbursement to other parties for goods or services previously donated.
They following entities are not eligible to apply:
What You Need to Apply
How To Apply
To apply, click here.
Although you may type your responses to application questions directly into the online application, it is a good idea to draft your answers in a separate document or word processing software, then cut, paste, and edit as you complete the application.
We also strongly recommend submitting your application earlier than the stated deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted or reviewed.