Individual Artists Program (IAP)


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Program Overview

2018 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 2019 Individual Artists Program guidelines are now available. Download the 2019 guideline packet (pdf). Please review this guideline packet before beginning your application.

The Application Deadline is November 15, 2018 at 5:00pm CST.

The 2019 Individual Artists Program application is now open. Please use the following link to apply:


All applicants are encouraged, though not required, to attend an Application Assistance Workshop. Please use the following link to RSVP for a workshop at the Chicago Cultural Center:

The 2018 workshop schedule is as follows. The following workshops will take place at the Chicago Cultural Center.

• Thursday, October 4: 5:00pm - 7:00pm in 5th Floor Millennium Park Room

• Thursday, October 11: 9:00am - 11:00am in 5th Floor Millennium Park Room

• Tuesday, October 16: 5:00pm - 7:00pm in 5th Floor Millennium Park Room

• Thursday, October 18: 12:00pm - 2:00pm in 5th Floor Washington Room

• Wednesday, October 24: 2:00pm - 4:00pm in 5th Floor Millennium Park Room


Workshop at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center, 4048 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago

• Wednesday, October 17: 7:00 – 9:00pm

Please use the following link to RSVP for this workshop:


Workshop at Chicago Filmmakers, 5720 N. Ridge Ave., Chicago

Thursday, November 1: 7:00 – 9:00pm

Please use the following link to RSVP for this workshop:


Workshop at La Luz Gallery, 1545 W. 18th St., Chicago

• Thursday, November 8: 7:00 – 9:00pm

Please use the following link to RSVP for this workshop:


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: Architecture, Dance, Design (includes Fashion, Industrial, and Costume), Interdisciplinary, Literary Arts, Media Arts and Film, Music, Performance Art, Photography, Public Art, Social Practice, Sound Art, Theater, Visual Arts.

• Be at least 18 years old

• Be a United States citizen or permanent legal 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 being required to take one year off from applying. If you have received a grant in 2016, 2017 and 2018, you may not apply for the 2019 cycle.


Program Overview

Project-based grants will be made across six funding categories:

• Chicago Projects

• Touring Projects

• Mobile and City-Wide Projects

• Works in Progress

• Social Practice

• Professional Advancement and Creative Research



2019 Grant Calendar




Application Guidelines Available October 1, 2018  
Application Opens
October 1, 2018
Application Deadline
November 15, 2018 at 5pm CST

Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.

Notification of Results
February 2019
All applicants will be notified via e-mail sent to the address on file in the CyberGrants system.
Contracting Period March-May 2019 Grant agreement and forms must be filed.
Payments Disbursed
June 2019
This is a projected payment timeline that is subject to change.
Final Reports Due January 31, 2020 Reports will be completed electronically. Reports will open in December 2019.


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Helpful Tools/Tutorials:

“How to Fill out the IAP Grant Budget Sheet”

IAP 2019 Budget Tutorial

If you have specific questions about filling out your project budget form, you are welcome to join the Chicago Cultural Grants Program team for “Grants Team Open Office Hours” taking place from 12:00pm – 1:00pm from November 5 – November 9 in the Chicago Cultural Center’s Randolph Square. Grants team members will be available for 15-minute one on one conversations on a first come first serve basis.