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
            and/or collectives

         • 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.

Examples include:

         • 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
            arts groups

         • 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
            the project

         • 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