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All documentation should be
sent to:


Allyson Esposito
Director, Cultural Grants Program
Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington Street, Room 522
Chicago, Illinois 60602


Contact Information:

DCASE Grants Staff:

Allyson Esposito, Director, Cultural Grants Program

Julie Partynski, Senior Project Manager

Andrea Portillo, Project Manager

What We Do

Cultural Grants

2013 Grant Decisions and Notifications

At this time, all grant decisions have been made and notifications sent to applicants. If you applied for an 2013 DCASE Cultural Grant but have not received notification from the DCASE Cultural Grants team, please contact Allyson Esposito at


  • Individual Artists Program – A list of Grantees and panelists can be found by clicking here (PDF).
  • CityArts – A list of Grantees and panelists can be found by clicking here (PDF)


2014 Cultural Grants Program Timeline

Note Important New Release Dates Below For
Grants Programs!

Individual Artists Program

  • The Application Period Is Now Closed For 2014



  • The Application Period Is Now Closed For 2014

Please continue to check this website for the most current information about updated program guidelines and Application Assistance Workshops. To ensure you receive the most timely information, please Sign up Here.



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 simple: 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 million annually in direct funding for Chicago’s arts community through its Cultural Grants Program. Designed to reach artists and nonprofit arts organizations across every community in Chicago, grants provide operating funds, as well as support for professional development, the creation of new work, and instructional arts programs. Grants are awarded through a competitive panel review process.


In 2013, the DCASE Cultural Grants Program provided support to artists and arts organizations through three funding initiatives:


Individual Artists Program

The goal of the DCASE Individual Artists Program is to discover, nurture, and expand Chicago’s individual artists. 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. Through this grant program, DCASE will award grants to Chicago-based artists over 18 years of age, at all career levels and working across numerous disciplines. Click here if you are a 2013 IAP Grant recipient.

Download the 2014 IAP Guideline Packet (PDF)

Deadline: The 2014 IAP Application Period has now closed.


CityArts Program

CityArts is a program that encourages the attainment of artistic excellence and financial stability through general operating support for 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organizations. Click here if you are a 2013 CityArts Grant recipient.

Download the CityArts Guidelines Packet (PDF)


Apply Here

Deadline: Wednesday, March 5, at 5 PM CST


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