Deadlines & Guidelines
For current grant recipients and for those asked for full proposals: deadlines for 2014 submissions are: March 3, July 7, and December 1. Decisions are usually announced 4 to 5 months later. These deadlines do not apply to either arts and culture groups with budgets under $500,000 or to small theater and dance companies with budgets under $150,000. Please read below for those guidelines.
Here are the deadlines and applications for the Small Theater & Dance Funding Program and the MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation is pleased to announce the continuation of its funding program for small Chicago theater and dance companies. The program is supported in part by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
April 7, 2014 (decisions will be made in late summer)
There will be one deadline in 2015 for all small theater and dance funding
January 15, 2015
Please note that this takes the place of the September 8, 2014 deadline.
Applications must be received in the office or be postmarked by 5 p.m. by the date listed above. Please send or deliver all proposals to our office: 737 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60611.
Companies may apply once each year. Companies that receive grants in one year are eligible to receive additional grants from this program for up to three consecutive years. There is, however, no promise of renewed funding and unless otherwise contracted, companies must re-apply each year.
While we recognize that all dance and theater companies need support, this funding program was designed specifically to address the needs of small professional companies. Our goal is to encourage and advance the richness and variety—aesthetic, stylistic, thematic, geographical, and cultural—in Chicago's vibrant fields of dance and theater. To that end, we accept proposals only from companies that emphasize professional presentation instead of education or community outreach.
Use of grants in this program may be unrestricted. Grants will range from $3,000 to $10,000 and will be made to dance and theater companies that reside in the Chicago metropolitan area, have produced at least one show in the Chicago area, and have annual operating budgets of less than $150,000.
The Foundation also offers a limited number of grants to individual dance or theater artists living in the Chicago area. The explicit purpose of these grants is for the development and presentation in Chicago of a new, original work that demonstrates a high level of artistic ambition or projects that figure prominently in the career of the individual artist. The Foundation is pleased to consider work of an interdisciplinary nature.
We encourage you to submit your proposal in time for us to see your company's current work. Thank you for your interest.
You can download the grant application here:
If you have any questions about the Small Theater & Dance Funding Program, call Kim Romero, Operations and Grants Manager, at 312-641-5772.
The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation are pleased to announce the eleventh year of their funding program for Chicago-based arts and culture organizations. The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation is seeking applications from organizations that have budgets of $500,000 or less and reside in and serve the Chicago metropolitan area. That area is defined as the counties of Cook, DuPage, Lake, McHenry, Kane and Will. Most grants will be in the range of $5,000 to $15,000. All of the grants will be for general operating support. This is a highly competitive program.
The deadline for receipt of proposals from performing arts organizations (music, theater and dance groups) in 2014 is 5 p.m. on January 8, 2014. The deadline for receipt of proposals from all other groups (literary arts, visual and media arts, interdisciplinary arts, special projects, museums as well as service, policy or advocacy groups) is 5 p.m. on May 5, 2014. All proposals must be in our office or postmarked by those dates. Decisions will be made approximately four months after our deadlines.
The following arts and culture organizations may apply: performing arts; visual and media arts; literary arts; interdisciplinary arts; special projects; museums, and service, policy or advocacy groups. We hope to make grants in each category of the arts and to have geographic reach. The decisions for funding will be based on artistic contribution, potential for stability and, in some cases, growth and compelling mission. If you believe that your organization fits the criteria, we welcome your application.
Please note. The MacArthur Fund is not intended for arts education programs, or for community music groups and community theater organizations. It is also not intended for professional theater and dance companies with operating budgets of less than $150,000. Those companies should review the guidelines for The Small Theater and Dance Funding Program.
You can download the grant application here:MacArthurFundApplication.pdf
If you have any questions about the MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture, please call Kim Romero, Operations and Grants Manager, at 312-641-5772. Thank you for your interest.