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.
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.
2021 Community Arts Access Grant Awards
The Rockford Area Arts Council and our Board of Directors are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 Community Arts Access Grants. Access Grants are awarded for up to $2500 and the purpose of the Access Grant Award is three-fold:
- To support the quality, quantity, and visibility of art performances and events for the community.
- To increase access and outreach to the arts for underserved populations.
- To foster collaboration among organizations and artists. The grants are made possible in part by the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the City of Rockford, and contributions from our members.
The Rockford Area Arts Council is awarding over $28,000 in grants to individual artists, arts organizations, and regional nonprofits for arts programming/events taking place in Boone, DeKalb, Ogle, and Winnebago counties. This year 16 organizations and individuals are receiving a Community Arts Access Grant.
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
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