Final 2012 Community Arts Assistance Program Workshop 1/19

The Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) is an annual grant opportunity open to new, emerging and mid-career artists and nonprofit arts organizations with annual operating budgets up to $150,000. Applicants can request a maximum of $1,000 for projects that address specific professional and artistic development needs. Individual applicants must be residents of the city of Chicago for at least 6 months prior to the application deadline and not enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate or other degree granting program. Organizations must be incorporated, located in and serving the city of Chicago, have a valid Federal Employer Identification Number, and have acquired, or be in the process of applying for, or seeking funds to apply for 501(c)(3) status.

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Applications are available in mid-December and are due to the Department of Cultural Affairs by:
Monday, January 30, 2012, 5:00 p.m.

The final Application Assistance Workshop will be held

  • Thursday, January 19, 2012 4 – 6 pm 
    Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, 5 Garland Room

NO RSVP NEEDED Please contact Cultural Grants Coordinator with any questions. 312-744-9797


Individual Artists

Professional development in the areas of Artistic, Management, and Technical/Artistic Services including:

  • Creation of high quality artistic projects (e.g. development or completion of a work of art)
  • High quality training programs (non-credit master classes, workshops, etc.) which develop professional artistic skills
  • Technical assistance in the form of a consultant to help with publicity, proposal writing, marketing, financial management, etc.
  • Portfolio development: slides, resumes, and audio and video presentations for funders and galleries, etc.
  • Exhibition expenses which may include mounting, framing and installation (may not include gallery rental or reception costs)

Nonprofit Arts Organizations

Organizational Development including:

  • High quality training programs aimed at developing administrative and organizational skills
  • Technical assistance in the form of a consultant to help in publicity, fundraising, board development, planning, marketing, audience development, and bookkeeping
  • Documentation of cultural activity through photography, slides, brochures, annual reports, audio and video which will assist the organization in presentations to funders or promotion to attract new and broader audiences
  • Assistance for seeking 501(c)(3) status (must contact Cultural Grants staff for separate application instructions)


Community Arts Assistance Program (CAAP) applications are evaluated by review panels composed of artists, arts administrators, arts advocates, and educators representing a broad range of the community. CAAP panels evaluate grant applications according to the criteria listed below. The review of applications is an annual competitive process. Support in one year does not guarantee funding in subsequent years.


Grant Review Meetings are held at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street. Meetings are open to the public and applicants are strongly encourage to attend. The meeting schedule will be posted late winter or early spring of each year.

For more information on CAAP and its requirements, click here.