Propeller Impact Fund Eligibility

For 2020, Propeller Fund is adapting its annual project-based re-granting program to now focus on providing short-term financial support to artists who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those eligible to apply:

– Applicants must be individual artists grounded in the visual arts.

-Applicants must be able to demonstrate activity in their artistic discipline over the past three years.

-Applicants must be residents of the *Illinois counties — Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, LaPorte, McHenry & Will.

-Applicants will need to express how they have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those not eligible to apply include: 

– Students enrolled in any degree program.

-Artists who have retained full-time jobs.

-Propeller Fund grantees awarded in November 2019.

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 Application Checklist and 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