URBANA ARTS GRANTS PROGRAM
The City of Urbana supports opportunities for all residents to engage with the arts in its many forms. The arts are essential to the vitality and development of the city and enhance the quality of life while encouraging economic development, academic performance, and social tolerance. The Urbana Public Arts Commission, through the Urbana Arts Grants Program, supports projects in the arts that are accessible to the public. This program fosters an environment for established and emerging artists to thrive in Urbana, promotes life-long participation and learning in the arts, and integrates art into the urban environment.
This grant program is open to all disciplines in the arts on public display within spaces open to the public, including but not limited to creative writing, dance, film, video, music, theatre, visual arts, crafts, performing arts, spoken word, environmental arts, multimedia arts, architectural arts, landscape architecture, and emerging media.
Up to $80,000 will be awarded to artists, arts organizations, and festival presenters for creative projects that enrich the lives of Urbana residents and visitors.
“For nearly a decade, the Urbana Arts Grants Program has supported a wide range of arts-related programs and services that make Urbana a more vibrant place to live and work,” says Rachel Lauren Storm, Public Arts Coordinator at the City of Urbana. “Through selective funding, we aim to foster a city that values creative innovation and collaboration.”
This grant program is open to all disciplines in the arts on public display within spaces open to the public, including but not limited to creative writing, dance, film, video, music, theatre, visual arts, crafts, performing arts, spoken word, environmental arts, multimedia arts, architectural arts, landscape architecture, and emerging media.Grants will be available in five categories listed below:
- Tier I Grants ranging between $500-$1,500 for individual artists and initiatives
- Tier II Grants ranging between 2,000-$4,500 for mid-sized initiatives
- Tier III Grants ranging between $5,000-$10,000 for large-scale special events
- Arts in the Schools Grants for arts education initiatives in USD #116 schools
- Poet Laureate Program Honorary award for Champaign County resident poet
Applicants may apply by e-mail or submit a hard copy. The application form and guidelines can be found at www.urbanaillinois.us/artsgrants. All application materials are due by 5:00 p.m. CST on Friday, February 15th, 2019.
City staff of the Urbana Public Arts Program continue to offer informational workshops to those interested in learning about this funding opportunity. Workshops are designed to give applicants opportunities to explore the grant application, best practices for grant writing, and an overview of the application process. Staff will also share information about other opportunities within the City of Urbana's Public Arts Program. All workshops are free and open to the public. Please note: the same information will be given at each workshop.
Wed. Dec. 19th, 2018 5:30-6:30pm
Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, 202 S. Broadway Ave. Urbana
Wed. Jan. 9th, 2018 11am-12pm
Salt and Light, 1819 Philo Rd. Urbana
Fri. Jan. 11th, 2019 5:30pm-6:30pm
Common Ground Food Co-Op, 300 S Broadway Ave. Urbana
Tues. Jan. 15th, 2019 12:30pm-1:30pm
School of Art and Design (Room 312), 408 E Peabody Dr. Champaign
Thurs. Jan. 17th, 2019 12pm-1pm
The Urbana Free Library, Lewis Auditorium, 210 W Green St. Urbana
Thurs. Jan 24th, 2019 12pm-1pm
Giertz Gallery at Parkland, 2400 W Bradley Ave. Champaign
Please email the Public Arts Coordinator with any questions at email@example.com. Grant applications will be made available at www.urbanaillinois.us/artsgrants. The deadline for grants submissions is Friday, Feb. 15th, 2019 by 5PM. For more information, contact the Public Arts Coordinator at (217) 328 8265, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.