As we close out 2020, we continue to be impressed by the ingenuity and resilience of our community – pivoting and creating brand new ways of doing things in a year that required it. From going completely virtual to finding ways to make an impact in small groups to making the difficult decision to postpone – our 2020 grant award recipients made an impact on our community this year.
As we look forward to next year, Quad City Arts is pleased to announce Arts Dollars grants for the 2021 cycle. Applications are welcome from individual artists, K-12 schools, and non-profit organizations partnering with artists. All art forms are eligible. Since 1990, Quad City Arts has supported the local art community by awarding more than $1,000,000 in grants to local artists, non-profit organizations, and schools.
This year, Quad City Arts will grant $85,500 to local artists and organizations. The application process is competitive, and applicants are encouraged to apply before the deadline. Quad City Arts staff are available to assist with the application process.
Project Grants support arts projects or programming that primarily emphasize community engagement. Individual artists may apply for up to $1,500. Non-profit organizations and schools may apply for up to $5,000.
Education Grants support projects or programming that primarily provide opportunities in arts education for K-12 students. Individual artists may apply for up to $1,500. Non-profit organizations and schools may apply for up to $5,000.
Capacity-Building Grants fund activities that increase an organization’s overall capacity, organizational strength, and long-term community impact. Non-profit organizations may apply for up to $5,000.
Deadline for applications: January 31, 2021
Recipients will be notified no later than March 15, 2021.
Guidelines, category descriptions, and applications are available online:
Funding for the 2021 Arts Dollars cycle is provided by the Hubbell-Waterman Foundation and the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency. All Quad City Arts programs are funded in part by Festival of Trees, individual donations, and operating grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.
For more information or assistance with Arts Dollars applications, contact Kaleigh Trammell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-793-1213 ext. 102.
Festival of Trees 2020 was completely unexpected in every way. Instead of a parade, we hosted a televised holiday special. Instead of the main event, we hosted a smaller pop-up shop and window display at our gallery in Rock Island. Instead of purchasing admission and event tickets, the community supported Quad City Arts through a day of giving.
With every twist and turn, our incredible committee of volunteers and staff kept the pillars of Festival of Trees in the forefront: to provide a holiday event for the community and support Quad City Arts.
We are inspired by the resilience and creativity of our community – from designers going ahead with the designs they’d planned for this year to family gingerbread competitions to at-home SugarPlum Balls – you give Festival of Trees its spark.
Thank you to everyone who shopped, bid, gave, and volunteered to make this year a success. You are the heart and soul behind Festival of Trees.
You make the Quad Cities a great place to live and you have shown up in support of the arts. Because of you, we are able to provide 7500 students with arts education experiences. Or, to think about it a different way, supported the Rock Island Gallery for TWO YEARS. Or, supported 75 Metro Arts Apprentices for the summer. However you frame it, we appreciate our community and we couldn't do this without you. It’s been a challenging year, but from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for showing your support and we can’t wait to see you all at Festival of Trees in person (hopefully) in 2021!