The Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) is pleased to announce the opening of the Fiscal Year 2023 Short-term Artists Residencies (STARTS) grant program.
There is no hard deadline date for this program, applications will be accepted until funds are fully committed or by May 15, 2023 - for activities occurring through August 31, 2023. Applications must be received by the IACA no less than 8 weeks prior to the project starting date.
STARTS provides support to eligible Illinois not-for-profit organizations, schools, and school districts for short term residencies focused on hands-on learning experiences conducted by Illinois artists, companies, or ensembles.
For complete information and guidelines please follow this LINK.
STARTS: Short-term Teaching Artist Residency Program’s name has been updated to include the word teaching to emphasize in the title the educational aspect of this program. Additionally, the IACA has updated the guidelines for this program. Please read the guidelines carefully and reach out to the Program Director with any questions.
For further information about the program email Jerome Grand at
Important to note is the New Online Grant System IACA launched in 2021:
·      The online grant system manages applications, grant agreements, and reports for all grant programs.
·      The system was developed in Salesforce. If you have applied within the past year all your need to do is login to your account to access the application.
·      If you are a new applicant, please create an account in the system:
·      More information on this new online system can be found on our website, including a user manual.
·      To help you navigate the new system there is a webinar recording for your use.
Other Open Deadline Grants
For information about other IACA grants, including the open deadline grants for Artstour & Live Music and Individual Artist Support grants, visit Illinois Arts Council Agency Grants at:

Illinois Arts Council Agency | James R. Thompson Center, 100 West Randolph, Chicago, IL 60601