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All documentation should be
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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


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DCASE Grants Staff:

Allyson Esposito, Director, Cultural Grants Program

Julie Partynski, Senior Project Manager

Andrea Portillo, Project Manager

Individual Artists Program

Cultural Grants  >  2013 Grant Recipients  >  Individual Artists Program



Individual Artist Grant Workshop for Musicians

August 14, 2014 | 6:30-8:30pm | Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625

August 26, 2014 | 6:30-8:30pm | National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St., Chicago, IL 60608

FREE, No Reservations

DCASE Cultural Grants Program seeks to serve as a catalyst to foster a robust, healthy arts community where artists, nonprofit arts and culture organizations and creative industries thrive. DCASE grant funding provides opportunities for artists and creative professionals to develop or create artistic work, participate in high quality training or professional development opportunities, or create opportunities to engage communities and neighborhoods in an artistic practice/project. The DCASE Cultural Grants Team will offer this workshop for music specific program applicants. This workshop will review updates to grant guidelines and review criteria, and provide tips and guidance to help applicants prepare the strongest, most competitive applications possible.


Important 2013-2014 Dates (subject to change)

11/21-12/11: Application Assistance Workshops

  • December 1: 2013 Final Reports Due 
  • December 6: 9am CST Applications Open 
  • January 13: 5pm CST: Application DEADLINE
  • January-March: Application Review Period
  • April-May: Grant notification & Contracting Period
  • May-June: Grant Payments sent out
  • December 1: Final Reports Due

Individual Artists Program

PLEASE NOTE: The 2014 application period for this program has now closed

To see a list of the 2014 Grant Recipients and participating panelists, please click here (PDF).

The goal of the DCASE Individual Artists Program is to discover, nurture, and expand Chicago’s practicing artists and creative professionals. 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. Grants will be provided for professional development and creative projects. Click here if you are a 2013 IAP Grant recipient.

The DCASE Individual Artists Grant Program includes two different Funding Categories for project-based support:

1.  Creation of Artistic Work – Provides project support for practicing artists and creative professionals to develop or create artistic work.

2.  Professional Development – Supports professional development opportunities, projects, and programs related to the career of a practicing artist or creative professional.


Note: All applications must be project-based and for the support of a particular project.

IAP Overview & Guidelines Packet (PDF)










**Please Note: Each artist may only apply for ONE grant each year – the artist must choose to apply within either Category 1 or Category 2.

Grant Request Amount: We will accept requests up to $5,000.

Application Deadline: Monday, January 13, 2014 at 5:00 PM CST.

TO LEARN MORE: Please download the guidelines and application instructions for the 2014 Individual Artists Program: IAP Overview & Guidelines Packet (PDF).
TO APPLY:  The application period is now closed for 2014. To login to our online application system to review your submission or update your contact information, please click here.