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

Is a loan right for your creative business or nonprofit? Join Arts Alliance on April 25th for a webinar with experts including lenders and creatives who can talk you through the process of thinking through and applying for a loan. Register here!

Deadline: April 29! 

DCASE invites professional artists and artist teams with a demonstrated history of completing major permanent outdoor public art projects to submit their qualifications for a $150,000 commission remembering community leader Ray Charles Easley and his continuing legacy to be placed in Austin Town Hall Park. For more information and to download the RFQ, visit

Deadline: April 30!

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 April and apply by the April 30 deadline!

Due: April 25!

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.

Due: April 22!

The Abbey Mural Prize awards grants to support the creation and restoration of public murals in the United States. More information here.

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!

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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