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Jan. 25 is Deadline for Artists to Apply for Community Grants

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The Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) was created in 1987 through funding provided by the Illinois Arts Council Access Program. The goals of CAAP are to discover, nurture and expand Chicago’s multi-ethnic artists and nonprofit arts organizations, and to foster new and emerging individual artists and arts groups by providing grants for professional, artistic and organizational development to those who have had limited access to funding in both public and private grants programs. CAAP grants provide financial assistance to individual artists and to nonprofit arts organizations with incomes under $150,000. The maximum grant request is $1,000. Funding priority is intended for applicants who have not been previously funded through the CAAP Program or have not had access to traditional funding programs such as grants, fellowships and art commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, corporations or foundations.

From the City of Chicago website:


Individual Artists

Professional development in the areas of Artistic, Management and Technical/Artistic Services including:

  • Creation of high quality artistic projects (e.g. development or completion of a work of art)
  • High quality training programs (non-credit master classes, workshops, etc.) which develop professional artistic skills
  • Technical assistance in the form of a consultant to help with publicity, proposal writing, marketing, financial management, etc.
  • Portfolio development: slides, resumes and audio and video presentations for funders and galleries, etc.
  • Exhibition expenses which may include mounting, framing and installation (may not include gallery rental or reception costs)
  • Nonprofit Arts Organizations

Organizational Development including:

  • High quality training programs aimed at developing administrative and organizational skills
  • Technical assistance in the form of a consultant to help in publicity, fundraising, board development, planning, marketing, audience development and bookkeeping
  • Documentation of cultural activity through photography, slides, brochures, annual reports, audio and video which will assist the organization in presentations to funders or promotion to attract new and broader audiences
  • Assistance for seeking 501(c)(3) status (must contact Cultural Grants staff for separate application instructions)


Individual applicants

  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Must be practicing artists with demonstrated ability in their artistic discipline
  • Must be a City of Chicago resident with a Chicago street address (no P.O. boxes accepted)
  • Must be Chicago resident for at least six (6) months prior to the application deadline
  • Must have a social security number

Nonprofit arts organizations

  • Must be incorporated and located in the city of Chicago
  • Must have acquired, or be in the process of applying for, or seeking funds to apply for Federal 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status
  • Must have a valid Federal Employer Identification Number


All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend one of the Application Assistance Workshops. Pertinent information regarding the application process and helpful grant writing information will be discussed.

DEADLINE: The 2010 Community Arts Assistance Program grants are currently being accepted. Applications are due on Monday, January 25, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.

For more information, check out the City of Chicago/CAAP website:

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