Community Arts Access Grant Program


The Sun Foundation for the Environmental Arts and Sciences,  in collaboration with the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts are pleased to announce the area winners of the 2017 Community Arts Access grants. The CAA 2017 grant of $9500 came from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

The CAA grant is available for schools, libraries, community artists and art groups. Twelve organizations from Bureau, Marshall, Stark and Woodford Counties were awarded a total of $11,100 in grant money  which included 25% matching funds given by: Kinji Akagawa ,Mary Ann Child, Eureka Savings Bank, Hallmark Metamora Fixtures, First National Bank of Lacon, Keith Kostelecky, Rome Industries, Jim and Sue Weber.  Thank you to our donors!!!

An eight member committee comprised of professionals from Bureau, Marshall, Stark and Woodford Counties met and reviewed the grants to determine projects that would best serve area communities. For grant approval, hiring Illinois artist/artists, community involvement and reaching the under-served are all vitally important. Each grant recipient was able to receive up to $1000. Users of the grant money are required to document and publicize the event and provide end of project reports.

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 to 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.

2017 Community Arts Access Grantees

Awarded February 2017

Association for the Developmentally Disabled of Woodford County-$500

Camp 56, Princeton– $1000

Festival 56, Princeton– $500

Future of Henry Events Committee – $1000

Gateway Services, Princeton– $500

Henry Community Character Counts (Tim Hanning Pro Kids Show)– $1000

Henry Community Character Counts (Artist Residency)– $500

Ladd CCSD #94 – $1000

Malden CCSD #84– $1000

Marshall Putnam Stark Show Choir (choir director) – $600

Marshall Putnam Stark Show Choir (choreographer)- $500

River Valley Players Youth Theater- $1000

St. Mary’s School, Metamora– $750

Toulon Public Library- $1000

Woodford Co. Heartline Assoc.– $500



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.