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IPCF/Mirza Arts and Culture Grants

Grants to Illinois Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible Counties for
Arts Education and Performing, Visual, and Literary Arts Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Illinois Prairie Community Foundation (IPCF)

Deadline Date:

02/28/18 11:59 PM CST


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Grants starting at $500 to Illinois nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and tax-exempt religious organizations for arts education and arts programs in DeWitt, Logan, McLean, and Livingston Counties. Funding may be provided to support a new or existing program.

Funding will specifically be provided for art, music, and theater education and enrichment programs, and/or programs and projects that focus on the performing, visual, and literary arts.

Applications will be given the greatest consideration based on their ability to meet the following criteria:

- Has potential to be on-going and self-sufficient beyond the time of funding;
- Offers creative and innovative solutions to address the identified need by building on proven practical methods;
- Utilizes clear methods of measuring and reporting results with emphasis on objective, quantifiable measurements; and
- Is cost effective as reflected by the number of participants served vs. program budget.

New this year is a grant from the David and Kay Williams Music Education Endowment:

The grant seeks to support innovative programs that provide creative music experiences for K-12 students, regardless of their music training, using a combination of traditional instruments and music technology; support one-time, need-based participation to attend a traditional music concert performance in the community; support a one-time need for youth or multi-generational traditional ensembles that offer free concerts to the community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179302

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding requests should be for a minimum of $500. (For reference only, the range of grant awards in 2017 was $1,000 to $6,000; the average grant award was $3,116.)

Term of Contract:

Grant funding is for the period of June 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant Eligibility:

- Applicants must have tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code, operate under a fiscal sponsor that is a 501 (c) 3 organization, be a local unit of local, county, state, or federal government, or be a tax-exempt religious organization as recognized by the IRS.
- Programs must be available to residents of McLean, DeWitt, Livingston, or Logan Counties; however, programs do not have to serve all four Counties.
- Programs must be operated and organized in such a manner that no applicable anti-discrimination laws are violated; programs must not proselytize for a particular religion or cause.
- Organizations that have received past grants from Illinois Prairie Community Foundation must be current on all grant Final Reports.
- The Executive Director, CEO, or President of the Board of an organization applying must approve the application.

What Is Not Funded:

- Non program-related expenses
- Endowment campaigns
- Annual fund raising events and expenses
- Capital improvements or expenditures
- Conference or continuing education expenses
- Scholarships

Pre-Application Information:

Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the grant guidelines.

Click here for general award criteria for all Foundation grants:

Key Dates:

- The application window is open from February 1 to February 28, 2018.
- Submission deadline is February 28, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. (CST)
- Grant applicants will be notified of the outcome of their grant request by April 30, 2018.
- Grant awards will be distributed beginning in May 2018.

Applications will only be accepted through online portal. No paper applications or electronic submissions will be accepted.

Please Note:

If you apply for an Arts and Culture Grant, you may not apply for the identical program to the IPCF General or Shulman Jewish Education and Life Grants which run on the same timetable as the IPCF/Mirza Arts and Culture Grants. You may, however, apply to multiple grant categories if the applications are for distinctly different programs and fit the criteria listed for the particular grant category.

For more information on the David and Kay Williams Music Education Endowment click here:

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

Questions? Contact Michele Evans, Grants and Communications Director, Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, 309-662-4477 or

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois: McLean, DeWitt, Livingston, and Logan Counties