Individual Artists Program (IAP)

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2017 Grant Calendar

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Announcing the 2017 DCASE Individual Artists Program (IAP) Grants Process and Schedule

The Individual Artists Program aims to assist Chicago’s professional artists and creative entrepreneurs in creating work that elevates their careers and brings value to the City of Chicago.

This year’s IAP program will include significant updates to guidelines and eligible program categories. All applicants are required to attend an Application Assistance Workshop in order to apply for a grant.

The free workshop schedule is as follows:

Workshops at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago

• Monday, November 7, 6-8pm Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North

• Thursday, November 10, 10am-12pm, 5th Floor Washington Room - A Sign Language interpreter will be available at this session.

• Thursday, November 10, 2-4pm, 5th Floor Garland Room

• Tuesday, November 15, 2-4pm, 2nd Floor Claudia Cassidy Theater

• Thursday, November 17, 10am-12pm, 4th Floor Sidney R. Yates Gallery

• Thursday, November 17, 2-4pm, 4th Floor Sidney R. Yates Gallery

• Thursday, November 17, 5-7pm, 4th Floor Sidney R. Yates Gallery

• Tuesday, November 22, 10am-12pm, 2nd Floor Claudia Cassidy Theater

• Monday, December 5, 6-8pm Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North

To sign up for one of these training sessions, please visit:


Workshop at Zhou B Art Center, 1029 W. 35th St., Chicago

• Wednesday, November 9, 7-9pm

To sign up for this training session, please visit:


Workshop at Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago

• Tuesday, November 15, 7–9pm*

*Space is limited

To sign up for this training session, please visit:


Workshop at Life Creative, 1655 W. Walnut St., Chicago (Just Added)

Wednesday, November 16, 6-8pm

To sign up for this training session, please visit:


Workshops will review updates to grant guidelines and eligibility requirements, review criteria and provide guidance to help applicants prepare the strongest, most competitive applications. Following the presentation, there will be time for applicants to speak with DCASE staff and ask questions.

We are currently assessing the need for workshops/application translations into other languages. Please provide your feedback and we will evaluate this information and provide support based on need. Send your name, & language, and contact information to:

IAP guidelines will be available at on November 1, 2016. The IAP Application period opens on December 1, 2016, and the Deadline for applications is January 13, 2017. Absolutely no extensions will be granted.

General IAP Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for funding from the Individual Artists Program, applicants must meet each of the following criteria:

• Be a professional artist or creative entrepreneur in one of the following disciplines: Visual Arts, Media Arts and Film, Music, Dance, Theater, Performance Art, Interdisciplinary, Literary Arts, Architecture, Photography, Design (includes Fashion, Industrial, and Costume), or Curatorial Arts

• Be at least 18 years old

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

• Be a resident of the city of Chicago, Illinois (proof of residency is required for application - we will only accept a Driver’s License or State of Illinois ID)

Please Note: An artist can receive funding through IAP for up to three consecutive years before he or she is required to take one year off from applying. If you have received a grant in 2014, 2015, and 2016, you may not apply for the 2017 Cycle.



2017 Grant Calendar




Grant Period January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017  
Applicant Workshops
November 10-22, 2016
Applicants are required to attend a training session.
Application Guildelines Available
November 1, 2016
Application Opens
December 1, 2016
Applicant access codes will be disseminated at each workshop.
Application Deadline
January 13, 2017 at 5pm CST

Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Notification of Results
March 2017
All applications will be notified via e-mail sent to the address on file in the CyberGrants system.
Contracting Period April/May 2017 Grant agreement and forms must be filed.
Payments Disbursed
June 2017
Payments may be electronic or via check.
Final Reports Due January 31, 2018 Reports will be completed electronically. Reports will open on December 1, 2017.