Access Grants


November 12th, 2021 at 5PM

Applications now being accepted for the Access Grant 2022.  To request Access Grant materials (including application guidelines, cover page, project budget, and final report form) send an email to:


Community Arts Access Grants

Community Arts Access Grants are available, annually, for individual artists, arts organizations, and non-profit organizations wishing to apply for grant funding for arts-related projects/initiatives. Applications are available in September, and due in November, of every year.

Access Grants are partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, with additional support from the City of Rockford and Arts Council membership dollars. Grants are awarded within our four-county service area including Boone, DeKalb, Ogle, and Winnebago Counties.  Fundamental to the mission of the Arts Council, grants are one of several ways the Arts Council addresses its goal to nurture, cultivate, and advocate for artists and arts organizations. Access Grants are reviewed by a respected panel of arts professionals and community arts advocates.

Grant Guidelines

Who can apply: Open to individual artists, arts organizations, and non-profit organizations in partnership with artists/arts organizations.  The Grant maximum is $2,500.

What We Fund:

  • Artist Costs
  • Art Supplies (consumable)
  • Rental Fees
  • Publicity Costs

 Note: Organizations and individual artists cannot receive more than one Community Art Access Grant for the same project or program.

Grantseekers Workshops: The Rockford Area Arts Council offers two grant-seekers workshops; returning and first-time applicants are encouraged to attend the annual workshops.  The workshops will be held on Zoom October 12 & 14, 2021 at 4PM.  To register, send email to:

2021 Community Arts Access Grant Recipients


The Arc of Winnebago, Boone, Ogle counties

Project Art: art programming for individuals with disabilities

Artists’ Ensemble Theater

Mysterious Journey: a new, free podcast series featuring short audio plays

Belvidere South Middle School

Connected: A student led community art installation and music video project

Boone County Arts Council

Restoring the Unity Mural of the Apollo Theater to celebrate Hispanic heritage in Belvidere

Crossroads Blues Society

Blues in the Schools: Artists playing and teaching Blues music in schools

Ellis Elementary School

Ellis School Healthy Cooking Showcase

Friends of the Coronado

Secrets of the Coronado series

The Music Academy in Rockford

Online music workshops with educator Lyda Osinga

New Genres Art Space

Jonah King: How the west was Won-commissioned site-specific art installation

Rock House Kids

Abstract Art Class for inner-city teens with artist Laura Gomel

Rockford Park District Foundation

Sounds of Summer free concert series

Rockford Wind Ensemble

Nineteenth Annual Youth Honor Band workshop

Rockford Promise

The Untold Adventures of Promise Scholars student-created children’s book

Rockford Symphony Orchestra

RSO Virtual Music Club

The West Side Show Room

Equity Diversity Inclusion Workshops for the Arts

Rockford New Words


Womanshare Collective creative art space