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Grants to Illinois and Iowa Nonprofits, Schools, and Artists in Eligible Counties to Support the Arts and Arts Education

ELIGIBILITY:

Geographic Focus

USA: Illinois: Rock Island, Henry, and Mercer CountiesIowa: Scott, Clinton, and Muscatine Counties

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Arts Dollars Grants Program: Project and Education

Quad City Arts

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #176793

Grant Description

Grants of up to $2,500 and grants of up to $5,000 to Illinois and Iowa nonprofit organizations, schools, and artists in eligible counties to support the arts and arts education. Arts programs and projects should focus on community engagement and access to the arts. All projects must take place in Quad City Arts’ service area: Rock Island, Henry, and Mercer counties in Illinois; and Scott, Clinton, and Muscatine counties in Iowa.

The goal of Arts Dollars is to support programming that enriches the quality of life in the Quad Cities region through the arts.

Project and Education Grants

  • Art Project Grants support arts projects or programming that emphasize community engagement. This category is intended for one-time or first-time projects or programs, and preference will be given to those applications. However, ongoing programs may apply. 
  • K-12 Arts Education Grants support projects or programming that provide opportunities in the arts for K-12 students. 

All art forms are eligible.

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Artists, nonprofit organizations, and schools may apply.

All proposed budgets must include payment to at least one artist who meets both of the following criteria:
a. At least 18 years of age
b. Current resident of Rock Island, Henry, or Mercer county in Illinois, or Scott, Clinton, or Muscatine county in Iowa, for the past 12 consecutive months

For Project grants: Preference will be given to applicants with operating budgets of $300,000 or less. However, organizations with larger operating budgets are welcome to apply.

Ineligible:

Project and Education grant funds may not be used to fund the following:
- Day-to-day operations
- Capital expenditures of any kind
- Purchasing permanent equipment
- Scholarships for academic degrees
- Lobbying or support of a political party
- Programs by universities/colleges not open to the public
- Touring or travel outside designated counties for service
- Functions at which artists are not the primary focus
- Fundraisers, benefits, receptions, or other social functions

Quad City Arts staff cannot be paid with Arts Dollars funds. Arts Dollars funds may not fund projects executed by Quad City Arts.

Organizations receiving funding from Quad Cities Cultural Trust are not eligible to receive funds from Arts Dollars Grants.

Grantees will be ineligible for Arts Dollars support for three years if they fail to meet any requirements listed in their grant agreement, including failure to file a final report.

Pre-Application Information:

Complete applications and support materials must be submitted online by January 31, 2023.

Applicants will be notified by March 14, 2022.

Multiple applications are not allowed. Applicants may submit an application in one category only. Artists, organizations, and K-12 schools may participate in multiple Arts Dollars projects.

Projects must include cash or in-kind support from sources other than Arts Dollars. Ineligible expenses may be covered by matching funds – this must be described in the budget section of the application.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Art Project Grants: Individual artists may apply for up to $2,500. Non-profit organizations may apply for up to $5,000.
- K-12 Arts Education Grants: Artists may apply for up to $2,500. Non-profit organizations and K-12 schools may apply for up to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place between April 1, 2023 and December 31, 2023.

Contact Information:

Apply online: https://form.jotform.com/212155890344051

Direct questions to (309) 793-1213, or email bgougeon@quadcityarts.com.

Quad City Arts
1715 Second Avenue
Rock Island, IL 61201
info@quadcityarts.com

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