Individual Artists Program (IAP)


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Program Overview

2017 Grant Calendar

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

The IAP Application period opened on December 1, 2016. The Deadline for application was January 13, 2017. Absolutely no extensions will be granted.

If you would like to view the guidelines of the program, you may Download the 2017 packet (PDF).

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 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/April 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/July 2017
Payments will be via check.
Final Reports Due January 31, 2018 Reports will be completed electronically. Reports will open on December 1, 2017.