Arts Dollars has been granting funds to artists and nonprofits in the Quad Cities region since 1979 thanks to our generous funding partners who believe in the power of the arts to enrich our communities. The vision that Quad City Arts has in facilitating these grants is that individual artists and nonprofits of all sizes would be able to accomplish projects in the Quad Cities and surrounding communities and that those communities would see a long-lasting benefit from the completed projects, paying artists for their work in the process. Each year, artists and nonprofits apply for grants in one of three categories: Projects, Education, and Capacity-Building.
The funds awarded in the Project and Education categories are an investment in the arts across the six-county region served by Quad City Arts, activating nonprofits and artists who are engaging their community through projects in visual arts, theatre, music, film, and more. Our records show that since 1990 alone, Arts Dollars has funded $1.4 million in projects in our region. What an amazing legacy!
Capacity-Building grants are highly competitive and specially designed for arts-centered nonprofit organizations that are seeking support to expand their reach and impact through the arts in their community. This category was added in 2016 as Quad City Arts saw a need for small organizations to have access to funds to increase their capacity. Arts Dollars has funded important organizational infrastructure support like strategic planning, database solutions, temporary staff, and more.
In total, Quad City Arts granted nearly $85,000 to local artists and organizations during this grant cycle.
Our 2023 grant awards were recommended by a panel of arts leaders and community members who sifted through the nearly $215,000 in requests from across the region and approved by Quad City Arts Board of Directors. Please join us in celebrating these individuals and organizations! We are excited about the impact each one will make on our community as they advance their mission and the mission of Quad City Arts: to enrich the quality of life in the Quad City region through the arts.
Below is a listing of the organizations and projects funded through Arts Dollars:
To learn more about Arts Dollars, view our program page: quadcityarts.com/arts-dollars-grants
Arts Dollars Program 2024 grant cycle will be opening in December of 2023!
CALLING ALL CREATIVES!
Thanks to advocacy efforts by a statewide coalition led by Arts Alliance Illinois (AAI), the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will distribute a historic $50 million in grant money to assist businesses, nonprofit organizations, and sole proprietors in the creative sector that have struggled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Quad City Arts is helping AAI spread the word! We know we have a lot of creatives in our region that was hit hard during the pandemic, and we want to make sure they are aware of this opportunity. You may not be an arts sole proprietor, arts business, or arts nonprofit, but you probably know some, and we would love for you to forward this email to them!
The DCEO Illinois Creative Recovery Grant application portal opens on Wednesday, April 5. If you operate in the creative space, we encourage you to visit illinois.gov/b2b for details on eligibility guidelines and more information on how to apply.
Applications will open on April 5, and eligibility guidelines and more are available at Illinois.gov/B2B. Arts Alliance is your go-to resource for help with your application. Visit their website at artsalliance.org/creativerecovery!
March 21 - Grant opportunity is announced
March 24 - DCEO Informational Webinar at 10AM
March 27 - Arts Alliance help desk goes live
April 5 - First day to submit an application
May 10 - Grant portal closes at 11:59pm