We invite you to browse the archive of opportunities below for resources that we find most helpful in the categories of funding and residency opportunities.
Local Grant Opportunities
- Chicago Artists Coalition‘s annual Maker Grant opportunity includes two unrestricted grants for visual artists whose work engages with social and/or environmental issues.
- The Chicago Digital Media Production Fund is intended to support digital media works that encourage social change.
- Crossroads Fund supports grassroots groups working for racial, social, and economic justice in the Chicago area.
- Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) 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.
- Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship was established in 2004 to reward creativity and to encourage emerging and established individual artists by supporting their artistic development while increasing awareness of contemporary art in the Midwest.
- Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts offers project-based grants for individual artists interested in architecture and its role in the arts.
- The Gray Center’s Andrew Mellon Collaborative Fellowship for Arts Practice and Scholarship program is designed to foster intensive and experimental collaborations between artists and scholars.
- Illinois Arts Council Agency offers fellowships, project, and professional development grants in all disciplines (state budget dependent).
- The Luminarts Fellowship includes programs in Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Classical Music, and Jazz.
National Grant Opportunities
- A Blade of Grass is an annual fellowship that includes project support for artists who are working in leadership roles and in partnership with communities to enact social change.
- Artadia awards grants on a rotating basis to visual artists in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, and the San Francisco Bay Area.
- Barbara Deming Memorial Inc. Fund awards artist support grants to individual feminist women in the arts.
- Creative Capital helps artists realize specific projects while building their capacity to sustain their careers for the long-term.
- Harpo Foundation offers grants for visual artists; new work project grants for organizations; Native American fellowships; and Emerging Artist Residency Fellowships.
- MAP Fund supports performance projects by artists that question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the American landscape.
- Puffin Foundation awards grants to artists working in a variety of disciplines, with an emphasis on supporting art that educates the public on topical issues.
- The Soros Equality Fellowship supports emerging midcareer professionals who will become long-term innovative leaders impacting the racial justice field.
- Sustainable Arts Foundation awards grants to individual artists and writers with children.
ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) is an artist-run non-profit based in Chicago devoted to employing various systems of support for emerging artists and to creating a generative community of cultural producers.
Arts + Public Life hosts individual artists through the Artists-in-Residence program. This program is open to Chicago-based artists and groups whose work explores issues of race, politics and culture.
Chicago Artists Coalition BOLT Residency is a highly competitive, juried, one-year artist studio residency program offering contemporary emerging artists the opportunity to engage the Chicago arts community and its public in critical dialogue about contemporary art.