Funding Guidance for Creatives

Arts Alliance offers free 1:1 support to individuals, creative businesses, and organizations navigating various public funding opportunities.

Scroll down to check out our running list of public funding opportunities for creatives and to access our Help Desk for any questions!

Upcoming Public Funding Opportunities

Nominations for Designing a Better Chicago are due Friday, February 16! Learn more on the program website.

Suburban arts and culture organizations are eligible for $5,000 or $10,000 in unrestricted funding from federal COVID relief! Check out Cook County Arts website for FAQs on who is eligible and how to apply. Deadline is February 29!

Arts Alliance is hosting several webinars about this program. Register here for an upcoming live webinar to get your questions about the application answered!

Curious about whether your small business is eligible for the Advantage Illinois Loan Program? Attend the Champaign County EDC’s virtual event on February 13 to learn more about the program.

The Chicago Small Business Improvement Fund is offering grant funding to cover remodeling costs up to $150,000 for commercial and $250,000 for industrial properties in select neighborhoods.

This is a monthly program. Check here for a list of qualifying neighborhoods for February and apply by the March 1 deadline!

National Endowment for the Arts is providing grant funding for work that focuses on “populations whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.” The deadline is April 25! Learn more and apply.

Help Desk

Our Help Desk supports creatives in finding, applying for, and accessing public funding! We know the world of government grants can be confusing – that’s why we’re here. Come chat with one of our knowledgable Help Desk staff for questions about grants, eligibility, and applications! 

We’re also currently providing 1:1 support for the following grants:

Support this work

If you’re a funder interested in helping the Alliance provide funding navigation services to the creative sector, we’d love to talk! Reach out to our Deputy Director of Development, Kaitlin Donnelly, at

Past Assistance

Our team provided application assistance, technical support, and 1:1 guidance for the creative community during past funding programs.

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