Access Grants


November 23rd, 2022

Applications now being accepted for the 2023 Access Grant.


Please review the “Application Questions” prior to beginning your Access Grant application. This document contains the list of application questions and materials that you will need to submit an application. The application cannot be saved and returned to at a later time, so to avoid losing your data, please have all information needed before you begin. Contact the Arts Council at if you have any questions!

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 Amazon. 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

To be eligible for funding, an applicant must:

  • Be a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization
  • Be an organization or individual artist in partnership with a non-profit organization
  • Operate within Boone, DeKalb, Ogle or Winnebago Counties
  • Have submitted final or interim report if funded in previous year

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

Budget Template

Be sure to fill out BOTH tabs on the Excel template before uploading to your application.

Application Questions REFERENCE ONLY

Click this link to view the application questions/requirements. This is for REFERENCE ONLY and intended to be a guide as you gather your application materials.