Chicago Funding Sources for Arts Providers

Posted on Sep 29, 2011


Chicago Funding Sources for Arts Providers


The Albert Pick Jr. Fund  

Supports small and large arts organizations and encourage access to arts and creating audiences through outreach programming


Chicago Community Trust Grants

The Trust has provided supports to school districts, including the Chicago Public Schools, to partner with area universities to strengthen teaching and learning. The Trust will solicit proposals and make decisions based on the capacity and expertise of the districts and partner organizations to support the work in schools.


Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation

Operating as a not-for-profit adjunct to the club, The Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation administers grants to arts-oriented organizations and individuals as well as scholarship program


Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

  • Community Arts Assistance Program The goals of CAAP are to discover, nurture and expand Chicago’s multi-ethnic artists and nonprofit arts organizations; and to foster new and emerging individual artists and arts groups by providing grants for professional, artistic, and organizational development to those who have had limited access to funding in both public and private grants programs.
  • CityArts Program is a triennial multi-year program that encourages the attainment of artistic excellence and financial stability through general operating support for non-profit arts organizations.


The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation  

This private foundation funds land conservation and artistic vitality for communities in Chicagoland


Llyod A. Fry Foundation

The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation makes grants in the following program areas: education, arts education, employment, and health. They offer grants only to tax-exempt organizations and rarely fund organizations outside Chicago.


The Mayer and Morris Kaplan Family Foundation

Based out of Chicago and California, the Foundation is focused on funding Education initiatives such as high school supports, Charter Schools, and arts education


The Patrick and Anna M. Cudahy Fund

The principle areas of interest are social service, youth, and education with some giving for the arts, and other areas. Some support is also given for local and national programs concerned with public interest and environmental issues. Focus on metropolitan Chicago area.


The Sara Lee Foundation: Focus on Arts and Culture

Provides grants to Chicago cultural organizations that provide exemplary programs and services to the public


Terra Foundation

The foundation only accepts proposals from institutions with United States 501(c)(3) status. Applicants must be based in the city of Chicago and their project must be directed toward teachers in Chicago schools. An exception may be made only when projects for which funding is requested take place in the Chicago area and teachers from schools in the city of Chicago make up the majority of the audience served. Must include American art before 1980.

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An Arts Alliance Illinois initiative, in partnership with the Illinois Arts Council and the Illinois State Board of Education