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Posted on: July 2, 2018

July 2018 BRAVO




Grant Writing Workshop:

Join the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission for a short workshop on the grants offered by the ECAC.  This workshop will focus on updates coming to the grant applications and ways to be successful in completing the application.  Artists and Arts Organizations interested in applying for an ECAC grant should attend.  This event will be held at the Gail Borden Public Library on Thursday, August 2st at 7:00pm and is free and open to the public. 

Be sure to check the facebook event page for updates and more information: or contact the ECAC at


Organizational Grants:

Are you part of a local not-for-profit arts organization?  Do you apply for the annual Cultural Arts Commission Organizational Grants?  Well, you should. 

Each August the Cultural Arts Commission releases the annual Organizational Grant application for local arts NFPs to apply for project-specific funds. 

Applications address the following criteria:  Innovation, Impact, Feasibility, and Opportunity and are due October 1st to City Hall by 4:00pm.  No electronic copies are accepted.  You can see the application for more specifics. 

So, what does the CAC look for in these grant applications?  Something new; don’t apply with the same old same old.  Are you working with other organizations or businesses?  Collaboration is always good.  Are you paying your artists?  Why or why not? Is your budget balanced? 

The CAC has funded projects in every discipline for various local arts organizations over the past several years.  Previously funded projects include the following:

  • Hamilton Wings’ SCORE!’s Theme and Variations, a project created entirely by the students in the program and performed at the Blizzard Theater.
  • Chamber Music on the Fox’s production of Charlie Chaplin’s The Tramp with live chamber music, coinciding with the annual Elgin Short Film Festival.
  • Side Street Studio Arts’ Going Dutch Festival.  A celebration of the female voice in dance, music, theater, and the visual art at the Professional Building. 
  • Elgin Symphony Orchestra’s Inside the Music, exploring Brahms’ Symphony No. 4, combining music, education, and social time. 
  • Elgin Historical Society’s Dairies to Prairies, a documentary/traveling exhibit that tells the story of Elgin’s dairy heritage from the 1850s-1920s. 

So, how can you apply? The application will go live on the CAC’s website on August 16th.  Check it out, fill it out, turn it in, get funded.


Individual Artist Grants:

The Cultural Arts Commission also offers Individual Artist grants up to $1,000.  Applications are accepted year-round and due one week before the monthly meeting of the Cultural Arts Commission (held the second Monday of each month).  Previously funded projects include visual arts exhibits, cultural events, short films, live music, performance art, and more.  Not sure if you are an artist?  Apply anyway. 

Contact Staff Liaison, Amanda Harris, with any questions or concerns. or 847-931-6019.

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