Arts Grants

2019 Urbana Arts Grants Awardees 

NOTE: The deadline has passed for the 2019 cycle. Check back in the late fall of 2019 for more information about the 2020 Urbana Arts Grants cycle.

URBANA ARTS GRANTS PROGRAM

Introduction

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.

Tier III applicants, please note: Tier III category applications are reviewed by the Arts & Culture Commission in a special meeting  at the City of Urbana (400 S. Vine St. Urbana, IL 61801). Applicants must attend and give a short in-person presentation of their proposal, in addition to the written application. This meeting is a requirement of the application process.

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.

Please email the Public Arts Coordinator with any questions at rlstorm@urbanaillinois.us. 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 rlstorm@urbanaillinois.us.

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