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Urbana Arts Grants Program - Tiers I, II and III Grants

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01/16/22 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $1,500, grants of up to $4,500, and grants of up to $10,000 to Illinois individuals, artists, nonprofit organizations, and event producers for a range of arts initiatives that benefit local residents in eligible locations. Funding is intended to promote publicly accessible arts programming. Projects must be exhibited or performed within the City of Urbana.

The City of Urbana supports opportunities for all residents to engage with the arts in its many forms. The arts are essential to the vitality and development of the city and enhance the quality of life while encouraging economic development, academic performance, and social tolerance. This program fosters an environment for established and emerging artists to thrive in Urbana, promotes life-long participation and learning in the arts, and integrates art into the urban environment. 

This grant program is open to all disciplines in the arts on public display within spaces open to the public, including but not limited to creative writing, dance, film, video, music, theatre, visual arts, crafts, performing arts, spoken word, environmental arts, multimedia arts, architectural arts, landscape architecture, and emerging media. Grants will be available in the categories listed below:

  • Tier I Grants: For individual artists and initiatives
  • Tier II Grants: For mid-sized initiatives
  • Tier III Grants: For large-scale special events
  • Arts in the Schools Grants: For arts education initiatives in USD #116 schools (now built into the Tier I application)

Urbana Arts Grants Program Goals:

  • Integrate the arts into the urban environment, creating a sense of place and purpose and promoting tourism and commerce;
  • Increase the availability of publicly accessible projects in the arts;
  • Encourage emerging artists and art forms;
  • Preserve and commemorate local and multicultural traditions and histories;
  • Enrich the lives of Urbana residents and visitors;
  • Increase opportunities for residents to engage in the arts in its many forms;
  • Represent the community in its diversity; and
  • Encourage partnerships among artists, performers, businesses, and organizations

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GrantWatch ID#: 177570

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- Tier I: Grants ranging between $500-$1,500 (minimum total project budget: $500)
- Tier II: Grants ranging between $2,000-$4,500 (minimum total project budget: $3,000)
- Tier III: Grants ranging between $5,000-$10,000 (minimum total project budget: $16,700)

Term of Contract:

All projects must be completed within 12 months from the notification of award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

• Projects must be exhibited or performed within the City of Urbana. Please note that the cities of Champaign and Urbana are separate entities. Preference may be given to projects that take place within a Tax Increment Financing District (TIF).
• Projects must be open and accessible to the public. Projects that charge admission are required to provide at least one event or showing free of charge to the public.
• Permanent installations are not eligible at this time. Consideration will be given to murals with a detailed partnership/tenant relationship, installation, maintenance, and de-installation timeline.
• Applicants do not need to live in the City of Urbana. However, Urbana residency may be taken into consideration.
• Previous recipients of Urbana Arts Grants are eligible to apply for the 2022 cycle of Urbana Arts Grants. Grant applications requesting funding for new projects or new additions to ongoing projects may be given priority.
• Arts in the Schools: All or part of the project takes place within Urbana School District #116 school during school hours. Primary participants are students of Urbana School District #116.

Requests for operating costs will not be considered. Grant funds may not be used for the following purposes:
- For the purchase of non-consumable materials (e.g., computers, software, cameras, power tools, instruments)
- For the completion of degree work
- For any event conducted solely or primarily as a fundraiser
- For inherently religious activities (religious worship, instruction, or proselytization.) As a note, faith-based organizations are eligible to apply for an Urbana Arts Grant to support the non-religious cultural and arts programming that they provide and proposals should outline the care taken to separate, in time or location, their inherently religious activities from any arts or cultural programming funded through an Urbana Arts Grant.
- For any project serving as a political endorsement
- For any cash prizes, gifts, or giveaway items
- For any honoraria and/or salary or service payments to City of Urbana staff or members of the Urbana Arts and Culture Commission.
- For any projects that serve as commercial advertising

Pre-proposal Conference:

City staff of the Urbana Arts and Culture Program continues to offer informational workshops to those interested in learning about this funding opportunity. All workshops are free and open to the public. Please note: the same information will be given at each workshop.

Pre-Application Information:

Materials for all grant categories must be submitted online by 11:59 pm on Sunday, January 16, 2022.

No in-kind and matching funds are required for Tier I grants. For Tier II grants, a 50% match is required. Tier III grants required a 70% match (grant can fund only up to 30% of the total project budget).

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

For questions, contact:
Rachel Lauren Storm
Arts and Culture Coordinator
City of Urbana Community Development Services Office
400 South Vine Street
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 328-8265

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USA: Illinois: City of Urbana

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