Program Overview

Modified on Tue, 23 Jan 2024 at 11:17 AM

Cook County Arts is a pilot initiative of the Cook County Bureau of Economic Development, made possible by $5 million in American Rescue Plan funding. Cook County is providing recovery support for artists and nonprofit arts and culture organizations while investing resources to strengthen the suburban arts sector long-term. 


Cook County Arts Nonprofit Relief Grants will provide up to $1.5 million in unrestricted relief grants to nonprofit arts and culture organizations located in suburban Cook County. The arts and culture sector was among the hardest-hit industries in the COVID-19 pandemic, and organizations face significant challenges due to changing operational needs and declines in both earned and contributed revenue. Providing needed relief to arts and culture organizations will help ensure these vital community assets thrive in the post-pandemic economy. 


The grant awards are available as either $5,000 or $10,000 grants, depending upon your total expenses in fiscal year 2019.


$20,000 - $100,000 total expenses: $5,000 award 

$100,000+ total expenses: $10,000 award 


Important dates:

  • Grant program opens: January 23, 2024

  • Grant application deadline: February 29, 2024, at 11:59 pm

  • Award notification: June 2024


This is an unrestricted funding opportunity. However, funds must be used to advance the organization’s mission and mitigate financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.


Arts Alliance Illinois has partnered with Cook County to help nonprofits with the application process. Arts Alliance is not the grant funder or the grant administrator. 


Questions about the program? Submit a Help Desk ticket for assistance!

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