Propeller funds artist-led, self-organized, and collaborative projects. For more information about us and our grants, visit our About page. Ready to apply? Download the Propeller Budget Worksheet now.
What types of projects are eligible?
• Visual arts projects produced by a temporary or permanent artist-run,
or alternative space.
• Visual arts projects that employ unconventional organizational models
• Visual arts projects that are conceived and carried out by a group of individuals
• Visual arts projects with a strong public component (i.e. community based or
• Previously funded Propeller Fund grantees are eligible to re-apply. Meaning,
new projects or new programs of ongoing projects are eligible for consideration.
• Projects that focus on unconventional artistic practice
• Open-studio events or presentations
• Publications of writing, including printed matter and online publications
• A public event, performance, or intervention (with multiple participants)
• A screening, lecture, concert, broadcast, or workshop series at multiple
• A temporary public art project
• Site-specific presentations
• Web-based/new media, audio, film, and video projects led by visual artists or
• Collaborative projects between the visual arts and other disciplines
What types of projects are not eligible?
• Projects not led by an artist
• Projects proposed by a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
• Curatorial projects that are not artist-led or collaborative/experimental in
format or presentation
• Projects proposed by students
• Projects proposed by incorporated businesses
• Projects in which the lead artist/organizer lives outside of Cook County
• Projects in which all artists/organizers reside outside of Cook County
• Projects that do not have a public component (i.e., projects which do not
involve the public via process, production, or presentation)
• Projects that are not accessible and presented to the public
• Projects that are carried out by an individual or collective as a single author of
• Proposals for the express purpose of: renting studio space, professional
development (classes, services), travel expenses, the purchase or rental of
equipment, or hiring of services not otherwise associated with a public project
that meets the above criteria