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The mission of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is to enrich Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. To support this overarching mission, the Cultural Grants Program’s goal is to serve as a catalyst to foster a robust, healthy arts community where artists, nonprofit arts and culture organizations and creative industries thrive. DCASE provides more than $1.2 million annually in direct funding for Chicago’s arts community through this program which is designed to reach artists and nonprofit arts organizations across the City of Chicago. Grants provide operating funds for nonprofit arts and culture organizations, as well as project-specific funding for individual artists and creative professionals to make artistic work or engage in professional development activities. Grants are awarded through a competitive panel review process.


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Most Recent News (Cultural Grants)

Nov 7, 2014 New “IncentOvate” grants help Chicago’s cultural institutions create new arts experiences for the public
Jun 2, 2014 Mayor Emanuel and DCASE to foster Cultural Innovation with new Grants Program

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