Attention Arts Individuals or Organizations – Grants Now Available

Up to $1,500 available to Individuals and Organizations

FREEPORT, IL – The Illinois Arts Council Agency has awarded the Freeport Art Museum $4365 through the Community Arts Access re-granting program. These funds will be made available to individuals and organizations in Stephenson, JoDaviess, Carroll, Ogle and Lee counties planning and coordinating arts programs in their communities. After the FAM adds a cash match to the award, the amount available for grants will total $5020.

Community Arts Access grants are available for visual, musical, performing, literary and inter-disciplinary arts projects that provide community-based programming. Projects that employ artists from the northwest Illinois area are given priority. Individuals and organizations can apply for up to $1,500. Projects or programs must make an effort to serve diverse and underserved audiences. All eligible grant proposals are reviewed by a peer panel comprised of representatives from each of the five counties. Eligible projects are those taking place between December 5, 2016 and August 30, 2017.

For assistance with completing a grant application, please contact the Freeport Art Museum and ask for Director Jessica J. Modica. Assistance is available to all who need it. Grant applications and guidelines are available for download from the Freeport Art Museum website at or can be requested by calling the museum at 815-235-9755. The deadline for the first round of grants is 5PM on December 16, 2016.

Recent grant recipients include the Galena Arts Center, Winneshiek Players, Mt. Carroll Public Library; Palisades Art League in Savanna; Galena-JoDaviess Historical Society; and Timberlake Playhouse.

The Freeport Art Museum is a private, not-for-profit organization that works to promote an understanding of art and culture through collections, exhibitions, and educational programs. Their vision is to contribute to the vibrancy and revitalization of our community by becoming the region’s foremost resource and destination for art.

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