Information and resources for current grantees, including reporting, application links, additional technical assistance resources, and more!
All grant requirements and due dates are listed in your grant award letter (sent via email) and forms are posted to your online account 6 weeks in advance, with email reminders sent to the main contacts for the account and the grant.
All grantees are required to sign a grant conditions form to receive any grant payments, as well as submit annual narrative grant reports. There may be additional grant or payment requirements noted in your award letter. Final reports are due a few months before the end of the grant period, to coincide with the proposal deadline, so they can be reviewed concurrently.
When submitting an application for renewed general operations or for a repeat project, you should also complete the final report in your online account, due at the same time so they can be reviewed concurrently.
If applying for a new project, please call first.
Your complete proposal must be submitted online by 11:59pm Central Time on
After the board meeting, you’ll hear from us by email within a couple weeks.
2020 deadlines have not yet been set, but they are typically the last Fridays of March and July.
CHICAGO REGION ARTISTIC VITALITY grantees are eligible for TAGs, an additional $500 per calendar year for classes, workshops, etc., that help them address specific organizational needs, such as QuickBooks or board development.
LOWCOUNTRY ARTISTIC VITALITY grantees, please contact the Lowcountry office to discuss any potential technical assistance opportunities.
ARTISTIC VITALITY grantees are eligible for Cash Reserve Challenge (CRC) grants, but they are by invitation only. For many groups the key to expanding programming, innovating, taking risk requires financial stability. Those of our arts partners that meet certain criteria may be eligible to receive a matching grant of up to $25,000 to help them establish operational reserve funds. You must:
If you have a question about CRCs…
In Chicago, contact Ellen Placey Wadey, Chicago Senior Program Officer, at 312.977.2707.
In the Lowcountry, call the office at 843.277.2041.
In addition to its regular grantmaking, we provide bridge financing (loans and lines of credit) and credit enhancements (letters of credit and guarantees) to non-profit organizations. These bank-like instruments are known as program-related investments or PRIs. Historically, the Foundation has made PRIs to land conservation groups in both regions, but we are open to making PRIs within our arts and collections mission areas as well. Our goal is to educate and empower our borrowers to accelerate the pace of their work.