IPCF/Mirza Arts and Culture Grants

Illinois Prairie Community Foundation

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Grant amount: US $500 - US $6,000

Deadline: Feb 28, 2019 9:59pm PST

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Illinois: De Witt County, Livingston County, Logan County, McLean County

Location of residency: Counties in Illinois: De Witt County, Ford County, LaSalle County, Livingston County, Logan County Expand all

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Illinois Prairie Community Foundation offers grant opportunities to area nonprofit organizations providing community services in a wide variety of areas including arts and culture, education, environment, health and wellness, youth, women and girls, and Jewish life and education.

Illinois Prairie Community Foundation grants are open to all organizations within the IPCF geographic area (see Geographic Areas We Serve) that meet the criteria listed below.

IPCF/Mirza Arts and Culture Grants

IPCF and Mirza Arts and Culture Grants are open to programs and projects that focus on art, music, and theatre education and enrichment, and the performing and visual arts.

To apply for the David and Kay Williams Music Education Endowment, described below, use IPCF's Mirza/Arts & Culture Grant application.

David and Kay Williams Music Education Grants

Dr. David Williams and Mrs. Kay Williams have devoted their professional lives in service to music education in the Bloomington-Normal community since 1976. Kay had taught hundreds of woodwind students in her private studio with many of her students selected for district and state honor bands, other performance honors, and several excelling professionally in music. David, emeritus professor of music and arts technology at Illinois State University, is recognized internationally for his writings, lectures, and workshops in music education, psychomusicology, and arts technology.

Both David and Kay have performed in community ensembles for musicals, church programs, and especially, the Bloomington-Normal Community Concert Band. This endowment is dedicated to the need to continue to support music education in the Central Illinois community and to promote enjoyment, education, performance, and creative expression through music activities. The endowment's focus is on supporting seed funds for special needs and new initiatives that serve to broaden music outreach to all people, young and old, in the community.

Selection criteria:

  • Proposals to support innovative programs that provide creative music experiences for K-12 students, regardless of their music training, using a combination of traditional instruments and music technology. (Examples may be a composer's competition for a score that integrates software or hardware synthesizers or non-traditional digital instruments with traditional instruments; a performance that mixes digital non-traditional instruments with traditional instruments; a music arrangement for hand-held tablets or smartphones as non-traditional instruments; or the use of unique electronic music devices that let mentally or physically challenged students perform with students playing traditional instruments.)
  • Proposals to support one-time, need-based participation to attend a traditional music concert performance in the community. (Examples may be traditional music concerts for K-12 school children/youth, senior citizens or senior living communities, special education audiences, or the like.)
  • Proposals to support a one-time need for youth or multi-generational traditional ensembles that offer free concerts to the community. (Examples may be the BN Community Concert Band, the BN Youth Orchestra, the IWU Civic Orchestra, or school bands and orchestras.)

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Program must deal specifically with art, music, and/or theatre education and enrichment, and/or the performing, visual, and literary arts; funding may support a new or existing program.
  • Applicants must represent a 501 (c)(3) organization, an organization with a fiscal sponsor that is a 501 (c)(3) organization, a unit of municipal, county, state, or federal government (including public schools), a nonprofit institute of higher learning, or a tax-exempt religious organization or place of worship.
  • Program must be available to residents of McLean, DeWitt, Livingston or Logan counties; however, programs do not have to serve all four counties.
  •  Program must be operated and organized in such a manner that no applicable anti-discrimination laws are violated.


  • Criteria Given Greatest Consideration
    • Has potential to be on-going and self-sufficient beyond the time of funding
    • Offers creative and innovative solutions to address the identified need by building on proven practical methods
    • Utilizes clear methods of measuring and reporting results with emphasis on objective, quantifiable measurements
    • Is cost effective as reflected by the number of participants served vs program budget


  • Program must not proselytize for a particular religion or cause.
  • What Is Not Funded
    • Non program-related expenses
    • Endowment campaigns
    • Annual fund raising events and expenses
    • Capital improvements or expenditures
    • Conference or continuing education expenses
    • Scholarships to schools or colleges/universities