Illinois Arts Council – Individual Artist Support

Illinois Arts Council – Individual Artist Support (IAS) program assists Illinois artists to realize a career goal, take advantage of a professional opportunity, or to produce and present an artistic project.


General Information
The IAS program encompasses two different tracks. Each track has specific limitations and requirements. Review each track’s guidelines thoroughly to determine which best suits your goals. Artists may apply to only one track each fiscal year.

  • – Artist Project Track  (IAS/AP) supports individual artists in the production and presentation of an artistic project. Applicants may request a maximum of 75% of the total cash expenses of the project up to $4,000. The minimum request is $500. Applicants must secure a cash match to cover the remaining costs.
  • – Professional Development Track  (IAC/PD) supports professional development opportunities related to an individual artist’s career.  Applicants can request grant amounts between $500 and $1,500 with no cash match required.  Applicants must secure funds to cover any remaining costs exceeding $1,500.


This program has an open deadline and will support activities that occur by August 31, 2019. Applications must be received 8 weeks prior to the start date as identified in the application. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received and will be accepted until funds are fully committed or by May 15, 2019.
To access the IAS Program guidelines follow these links:

The electronic application is now available through the Illinois eGrant System.


For further information about the IAS Program, contact Encarnacion Teruel, Director of Visual Arts, Media Arts, and Multi-Disciplinary Programs, by email: [email protected] or by phone: 312-814-6753.