Thanks to advocacy efforts by a statewide coalition led by Arts Alliance Illinois, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will distribute a historic $50 million in grant money to assist businesses, nonprofit organizations, and sole proprietors in the creative sector that have struggled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications will be accepted between April 5 and May 10.

Arts Alliance is serving as a Community Navigator for the Illinois Creative Recovery Grant Program, also referred to as B2B Arts. Arts Alliance Illinois will be providing a help desk to assist local organizations in crafting successful grant applications. This help desk will launch on Monday, March 27th, and will be available to you for free on Arts Alliance Illinois' website. Visit their website at

If you operate in the creative space, we encourage you to visit the DCEO website for more information.