IPCF's Mirza/Arts & Culture Grants

Illinois Prairie Community Foundation

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Anticipated deadline: Feb 28, 2021 3:00pm PST

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

Fields of work: Music Education Writing & Literature Visual Arts Performing Arts Art Education

Applicant type: Indigenous Group, Government Entity, Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, 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 Show all

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About this funder:



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’s Mirza/Arts & Culture Grants are open to programs and projects that focus on art, music, and theatre education and enrichment, and the performing and visual arts. The David and Kay Williams Music Education Grant focuses on providing creative music experiences for K-12 students using innovative technology and uses the Mirza/Arts & Culture Grant application.

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 have tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code, operate under a fiscal sponsor that is a 501 (c) 3 organization, be a local unit of local, county, state or federal government or be a tax-exempt religious organization as recognized by the IRS
  • 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; program must not proselytize for a particular religion or cause
  • Organizations that have received past grants from Illinois Prairie Community Foundation must be current on all grant Final Reports
  • Executive Director, CEO or President of the Board of an organization applying must approve the application


  • 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 (Grant Committee prefers not to fund personnel expenses)
    • Endowment campaigns
    • Annual fund raising events and expenses
    • Capital improvements or expenditures
    • Conference or continuing education expenses
    • Scholarships