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 will use 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.


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.