The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) is pleased to announce the opening of the 2022 Summer Youth Employment in the Arts Grant Program. The application is open in the Illinois Arts Council’s online Salesforce system and has a deadline of December 3, 2021, 11:59pm, the awards will be announced in the spring of 2022.
Summer Youth Employment in the Arts Grant Program

The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) Summer Youth Employment in the Arts (SYEA) program provides funds to eligible Illinois not-for-profit arts organizations to support summer employment opportunities for high school students. Jobs may be administrative or artistic in nature, or a combination of both. The intent is to provide positive experiences and training in the arts to enhance personal growth, while supporting the mission and goals of the host organization.
The application deadline for FY22 SYEA is December 3, 2021.
SYEA will award up to $4,500 to eligible applicants for student employees’ stipends. Grant requests for Fiscal Year 2022 are for employment opportunities occurring between May 15 and September 15, 2022.
To be eligible, applicants must have received an IACA Program Grant / General Operating Support, Grant to Arts Service Organizations, or Partners in Excellence Grant in Fiscal Years 2021 or 2022.
For the complete guidelines and eligibility requirements, visit:
Important to note is that the SYEA applications will be submitted in IACA’s new online platform: More information on the new online system, including a user manual, can be found on the IACA website.
IACA staff are available via a drop-in video meeting to answer any questions on the SYEA program or the new online grant system. You do not need to pre-register, simply click the link at the time of the meeting to join the call via WebEx:
For further information about the SYEA Program, please contact Program Director, Jerome Grand by email: or by phone: 312-814-6766. IACA staff are working remotely, it is recommended to contact staff via email for quicker response time.  

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