Mayor Lightfoot Announces $6M in DCASE Grants for Chicago Nonprofit Arts Organizations DEADLINE is March 22

2022 CityArts Program provides increased support to local arts organizations of all sizes and types including project grants aligned with the #YearofChicagoDance

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced applications are open for the City of Chicago’s 2022 CityArts Program grants for Chicago nonprofit arts organizations. This year, there is a more than 250% increase in the funds available through the program, climbing from $1.7 million in 2021 to roughly $6 million this year. The 2022 CityArts Program provides general operating support and project grants to local arts organizations of all sizes and across all artistic disciplines. Grant amounts have also increased for greater impact — from one-time grants of $2,000 – $25,000 previously to $10,000 – $50,000 grants renewable for one year. The number of organizations receiving grants will also increase. Project grants are aligned with the #YearofChicagoDance. To learn more; register for webinars on February 10, 16, and 28; and apply by Tuesday, March 22 at 5pm, arts nonprofits should visit ChicagoCulturalGrants.org.

“The continued, equitable revitalization of our arts and culture scene remains essential to our ability to recover from this pandemic on a socioeconomic level,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “I’m proud to increase our grant funding in support of local artists and arts organizations to advance our recovery and bring beauty and life back to our neighborhoods. I encourage arts organizations of all types and sizes to take advantage of this opportunity to enrich the City’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy.”

As previously announced, the 2022 City budget provided $26 million in new arts and culture investments — including $10 million for a dedicated revenue stream from the City’s corporate budget to guarantee a baseline of funding for Cultural Grants, which will no longer be subject to the vagaries of the hotel tax.

“In 2022, with additional funds — including a transformational increase in our Cultural Grants budget from $2.7 million to $20.7 million — and our operating budget being largely restored to pre-pandemic levels, I’m thrilled that DCASE is now poised to serve the needs of Chicago’s vital arts community this year and well into the future,” said DCASE Commissioner Erin Harkey.

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