Community Arts Access Grant Program

The funds available for the Community Arts Access Re-Granting Program is made possible by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and local community contributions. Funds of up to $1,000 per program are available for schools, libraries, community artists and arts groups in the counties of Bureau, Marshall, Stark and Woodford.

If assistants is needed in writing the Community Arts Access Grant, or have any other questions, please contact our program coordinator: 

Katy Watson
Program Director


The Review Committee used the following review criteria:
Projects must be for non-profit groups, organizations, schools and individual artists with projects and programs that are presented from:

l.    Involvement of Illinois artists and/or groups.
2.   Community involvement and access.
3.   Need for financial support.
4.   Ways the grant will strengthen the organization or individual artists project.
5.   How will the project impact the community and reach under-represented & under-served populations.
6.   Quality of the project.
7.   Project goals.
8.   25% cash match.
9.   In-kind, non-cash contributions.
10.   Publicity – visibility of the project.
11.   Foster cultural development of under-represented populations within your service area.
12.   Documentation of the scheduled project; film, video and printed materials.

Grants cannot be used for artistic programs or functions where artists are not the primary focus. Grants cannot be used to support fundraising projects, benefits, receptions or other social functions.

Grant funds will not be awarded for capital expenditures, permanent equipment, funding for out of state touring, scholarships or deficit funding. All projects must have a public community service emphasis to be funded.

Grant Review:  A 1 to 5 point system is applied to each grant, 5 being the highest point rating.

If applications exceed available funds, grants with the highest rating and priority number will receive funding.


Community Arts Access Regranting Program 2017-TBD

2017 Grant Program to be determined pending awarded grant funding from the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency).  Check for postings after September 2016 for more information.


2016 Community Arts Access Grantees

The Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, awarded the Sun Foundation a $9,870 grant for community &

public arts programs for re-granting in Bureau, Marshall, Stark and Woodford Counties. With this grant

and matching community funds, the Sun Foundation awarded $11, 500 to the following schools, arts

organizations, and community groups throughout Woodford, Bureau, Marshall, and Stark counties:

Association for the Developmentally Disabled of Woodford Co. (ADDWC)

$1,000 ~ to supply art materials during “Canvas Creations” for local Life Skills program and group homes.

Future of Henry Events Committee

$1,000 ~ for employing about 15 musicians to perform for free at the “Brown Bag It” in Central Park in Henry,
Illinois for senior citizens and nursing home residents.


$1,000 ~ to bring a free motivational program, Tim Hannig’s Pro-Kids Show, to Henry Grade School and 650
members of the Henry community.

Ladd Community, CCSD #94

$1,000 ~ to employ the artist from Princeton Art Academy, Liana Hall, to instruct students 6 full day sessions about
various skills, mediums, and theory of art.

Learning Stage Camp

$500 ~ to support a 2-week summer theatre arts camp, implemented by Lisa Gadomski, for 40 youth ages 8-18.

Malden Grade School, CCSD #84

$1,000 ~ for artist, Mary Jane Thorton, to teach 85 students how to fully engage in art culture, literature, and ways to
recycle created art.

Marshall Putnam Stark Show Choir 1

$1,000 ~ for music teacher, Robert B. Eckert, to teach 10-15 students ages 14-22 at Henry-Senachwine High School.

Marshall Putnam Stark Show Choir 2

$1,000 ~ for a dance choreographer to teach 10-15 students ages 14-22 at Henry-Senachwine High School.

Midland Grade School, CUSD #7

$500 ~ to give the students an experience with ceramics through the skills of a professional artist.

Princeton Theater Group Festival

$500 ~ for ‘Shakespeare in the Park’ to present the 20 staff & 8-person act, The Winter’s Tale, at Soldier Sailors’ Park.

River Valley Players Youth Community Theater

$1,000 ~ for a musical director and a choreographer to add their experience to the summer camp & workshop
production of Shrek Jr. for individuals ages 5-15.

St. Mary’s Grade School

$1,000 ~ for students to learn from artist, Rebecca Kraut, about Woodford County’s animal habitats through art
appreciation across diverse STEM curriculums and disciplines.

Toulon Public Library

$1,000 ~ for musician and historian, Barry Cloyd, to perform and engage with 100-200 kids & their families during
the Summer Reading Program “Read for the Win.”



Download Final report forms below if needed:

Download Here: 2016 Art Access Application (PDF) – Grant Application and Final Report Forms, should your grant be awarded.


A big THANK YOU to all of the following donors: the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency;  Hallmark Cards, Incorporated; METATEC, Inc; and the State Bank of Toulon.

Community Arts Access


  Public Arts programing.

1990 to Current

The program is funded by an awarded grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency and matching funds from Sun Foundation local business and individual donors.
Since then, $446,000 in Grants have been awarded to artists, libraries, schools and arts organizations throughout a seven county area: Marshall, Peoria, Putnam, Woodford,
La Salle, Bureau and Stark.