Community Arts Access

  • Illinois Arts Council
  • James R. Thompson Center, 100 West Randolph, Suite 10-500
  • Chicago, IL 60601
  • Phone: (312) 814-6750
  • Fax: (312) 814-1471
  • TDD: (888) 261-7957
  • Email:
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Purpose of the Program

This program offers local arts agencies the opportunity to distribute state funds in their own service areas according to their assessment and perception of local needs.  The Community Arts Access Program makes it possible for local arts agencies to develop local grant-making processes and to re-grant funds to area arts organizations and individuals for funding programs of local or regional significance.

Who is Eligible

Applicants must be local arts agencies which have been in active service to their community/region for at least one year.

Application Process

Each Illinois Arts Council grant program has specific matching grants requirements (available on-line).

Availability of Funds

Funding for FY 2007: $285.4 million.

How Funds are to be used

Types of Assistance


Year Program was established