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Urbana Arts Grants Program

Grants to Urbana, Illinois Artists, Nonprofits, and
Festival Organizers for Public Arts Engagement

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City of Urbana Public Arts Commission

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02/16/18 5:00 PM CST Receipt


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Grants to Urbana, Illinois individual artists, groups of artists, nonprofit organizations, and festival organizers and presenters to support a broad range of arts activities that benefit public audiences. This program supports opportunities that enable 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.

The Urbana Arts Grants Program supports projects in the arts that are accessible to the public. 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 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.

Grant Categories:
1. Individual: To provide grants to artists to produce art projects in Urbana
2. Group: To provide grants to groups, troupes, and ensembles to produce art projects in Urbana
3. Nonprofit Organization: To provide grants to Nonprofit Organizations
4. Urbana Festival: To provide grants to festival producers for arts-related festivals in Urbana

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177570

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Estimated Size of Grant:

-Individual: $500 - $2,500 awards
-Group: $500 - $5,000 awards
-Nonprofit Organization: $500 - $5,000 awards
-Urbana Festival: $500 - $5,000 awards

Term of Contract:

Date of Projects must be completed between April 1, 2018 - April 1, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individual grants are made to individual emerging, practicing and professional artists

Group grants are made to ensembles, collaborations, groups, troupes, or community initiatives

Nonprofit Organization grants are made to tax-exempt 501(c) organizations.

Urbana Festival grants are made to festival presenters or organizers.

-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.
-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 2018 cycle of Urbana Arts Grants.

Grant applications requesting funding for new projects or new additions to ongoing projects may be given priority.

Funding Restrictions:

Grant funds must be used to support project-based efforts. 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

Pre-proposal Conference:

To ask your questions in person or learn more about the Urbana Arts Grants Program, attend a community grant workshops. At this workshop, the Public Arts Coordinator will discuss the selection process, highlight past grant recipients, and go over the fundamentals of grant writing. This workshop will be repeated on the following dates and is free and open to the public.

-Thurs. Nov. 19th, 2017 from 12:00 PM- 1:00 PM at the School of Art and Design (room 323)
-Tues. Dec. 5th, 2017 from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM at the Urbana Champaign Independent Media Center
-Wed. Dec. 13th, 2017 from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM at the Urbana Free Library’s Lewis Auditorium
-Wed. Jan. 24th, 2018 from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM at the Spurlock Museum
-Thurs. Jan 25th, 2018 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM at the Giertz Gallery at Parkland College

Pre-Application Information:

Matching requirements are as follows:
-Group: In-kind support OR matching funds required
-Nonprofit Organization: In-kind support OR matching funds required
-Urbana Festival: 50% match through in-kind support or matching

All materials must be submitted online or received by 5:00 PM CST on February 16th, 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Rachel Lauren Storm, Public Arts Coordinator
(217) 328-8265

Community Development Services Office
City of Urbana
400 S. Vine Street
Urbana, IL 61801

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USA: Illinois: City of Urbana