Individual Artists Program (IAP)

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Program Overview

For complete information about the IAP grants, please download the Individual Artists Program Guidelines Packet (PDF).

The goal of the Individual Artists Program (IAP) is to discover, nurture, and expand Chicago’s practicing artists and creative professionals. Through this grant program, DCASE will award project-based grants to Chicago-based artists and creative professionals over 18 years of age, at all career levels (emerging, mid-career, mature), and working across numerous disciplines. Funds are awarded through two separate IAP programs Track 1: Creative Projects Track 2: Professional Development. Artists may only apply to one of the two funding tracks per year.

 

General IAP Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for funding in either of the two tracks for the Individual Artists Programs, applicants must meet each of the following criteria:

• Be professional, practicing artists or creative professionals in one of the following disciplines: Visual Arts (includes Graphic Artists), Music, Dance, Theater, Performance Art, Literary Arts, Design (includes fashion, industrial, and costume), Curatorial Arts, Culinary Arts, Media Arts/Film and Interdisciplinary; and

• Be at least 18 years old; and

• Be a United States citizen or a holder of permanent alien status; and

• Be a resident of the city of Chicago, Illinois (proof of residency is required for application).

Beginning in 2013, Artists may receive an IAP award for three consecutive years before being required to take a year off from funding. Any grantees receiving consecutive support in 2013, 2014 and 2015 IAP are not eligible to apply for funding in either track in 2016. You may apply, however, if you received funding in either one or two of those years.

In order to apply to the IAP 2016, each applicant must attend a training session. 

Track 1: Creative Projects

Goal: To encourage the development of experimental, risk-taking creative projects that advance artist’s careers and expose them to new audiences. This program is partially supported by a Grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

• Program Priorities:

o Experimental, innovative, risk-taking projects demonstrating a strong and original artistic/creative vision, purpose or theme

o New work (however, applications will be accepted for both new and existing projects)

o Work that is likely to be highly impactful for an artist’s career

o Projects proposed by emerging artists

o Projects seeking to increase public access to and participation in high-quality arts activities/events (especially underrepresented populations)

Grant Amount: DCASE will accept requests up to $5,000. Grant amounts typically range from $2,000 to $5,000; the average grant size in 2015 was $4,077.

Spending Timeline: If awarded, grant funds provided through Track 1 must be spent between January 1, 2016 and August 31, 2016. Funded activities must originate and be completed during the grant period; the entire project does not need to be completed during this time period.

Funding Restrictions: Funds may not be used for applicants to pay themselves or for capital purchases or the purchase of permanent, depreciable equipment valued at more than $250. Other restrictions can be found on page 4 of the guideline packet.

Public Component: All proposed projects must have a public component or include some public “presentation” of the work (i.e., performances, exhibitions, presentations, showings, publications) for residents of the City of Chicago residents. This public component need not occur within the grant period, but plans to share your work with the Chicago public must be articulated in the grant application for the proposed project, along with clear marketing/outreach plans to ensure audiences will know about your work.

Collaborative Projects: Artists working collaboratively on a project are eligible to submit a single application to support the work; however, one collaborator must serve as the main contact for purposes of the application.

Track 2: Professional Development

Goal: To support professional artists and creative entrepreneurs to develop or deepen artistic, administrative, or organizational skills to become more competitive in the creative marketplace.

• Program Priorities:

o Focus on career sustainability or audience building opportunities that seek to help an artist become more competitive in the creative marketplace; or

o Align with stage of artist’s career and clearly articulate timeliness (why this opportunity would be significant now); or

o Have true potential to positively impact the applicant’s career;

o Are unique and not a repetition of the applicant’s similar, previous experience; or

o Promote Chicago’s artists outside of Chicago, offer opportunities for Chicago’s artists to serve as ambassadors for the City

Grant Amount: DCASE will accept requests up to $2,500.

Spending Timeline: If awarded, grant funds provided through Track 2 must be spent between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. Funded activities must originate and be completed during the grant period; the entire project does not need to be completed during this time period

Funding Restrictions: Funds may not be used for applicants to pay themselves or for capital purchases or the purchase of permanent, depreciable equipment valued at more than $250. Other restrictions can be found on page 4 of the guideline packet.

Collaborative Projects: Artists working collaboratively on a project are eligible to submit a single application to support the professional development opportunity, where appropriate; however, one collaborator must serve as the main contact for purposes of the application.

For more detailed information about both programs, please see the Individual Artists Program Guidelines Packet (PDF) for more information. Please read these guidelines before submitting an application for this grant.

 

 

2016 Grant Calendar

NOTE: The two Funding Tracks have separate timelines. All dates subject to change.

IAP Track 1: Creative Projects

Event

Dates

Description

Grant Period January 1, 2016 – August 31, 2016  
Applicant Workshops
September 23-October 6, 2015
Applicants are required to attend a training session. Register at http://dcaseiaptraining.eventbrite.com?s=43960485.
Application Opens October 5, 20115
Applicant access codes will be disseminated at each workshop.
Application Deadline
November 4, 2015 at 5:00 PM CST
Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances
Notification of Results
March 2016

All applicants will be notified via e-mail sent to the address on file in the CyberGrants system.

Contracting Period
April/May 2016 Grant agreement and forms must be filed.
Payments Disbursed
June/July 2016
Payments may be electronic or via check.
Final Reports Due January 15, 2017 Reports will be completed electronically. Reports will open on December 1, 2016.

IAP Track 2: Professional Development

Event

Dates

Description

Grant Period January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016  
Applicant Workshops
September 23-October 6, 2015
Applicants are required to attend a training session. Register at http://dcaseiaptraining.eventbrite.com?s=43960485.
Application Opens October 5, 20115
Applicant access codes will be disseminated at each workshop.
Application Deadline
November 4, 2015 at 5:00 PM CST
Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances
Notification of Results
March 2016

All applicants will be notified via e-mail sent to the address on file in the CyberGrants system.

Contracting Period
April/May 2016 Grant agreement and forms must be filed.
Payments Disbursed
June/July 2016
Payments may be electronic or via check.
Final Reports Due January 15, 2017 Reports will be completed electronically. Reports will open on December 1, 2016.

NOTE: Artists may only apply to one of the two funding tracks per year.

 

 

Applications

All applications are completed and submitted through the CyberGrants platform.

For more detailed information about applying to both programs, please see the Individual Artists Program Guidelines Packet (PDF).

In order to apply to the IAP 2016, each applicant must attend a training session. 

The 2016 IAP Application is now closed.

To view your previously submitted application, log in to your CyberGrants account. You will be able to access all past applications at www.cybergrants.com/dcase/programs/STAR/.