Community Arts Access is a re-granting program run by the Springfield Area Arts Council with funding from the Illinois Arts Council Agency to award project-based grants to local arts organizations and to nonprofits with arts programming.

Community Arts Access grants are given in conjunction with the Illinois Arts Council Agency and the City of Springfield. The grants provide the opportunity for local arts agencies like the Springfield Area Arts Council to distribute state funds in their own service areas according to local needs. The program is designed to give the community more access to the arts, especially among under-served populations.

A panel of artists and community members determines the recipients.

Fiscal year 2022 Application Materials

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FY22 Guidelines and Forms (DOC)

FY22 Guidelines and Forms (PDF)


Downtown Springfield, Incorporated

     Transforming vacant storefronts downtown with art installations

Illinois State Museum Society 

     Ancestral Threads exhibit focusing on the fiber art of Sherise Wright, quilter

Illinois Symphony Orchestra

     Sunday at Six recitals

James Weldon Johnson Study Guild

     We Join Hands, a program to heighten awareness of African-American artists and authors

Menard County Singers

     Space rental for rehearsals

Mini O’Beirne Crisis Nursery

     To provide art activities for clients

The Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space

    To mentor emerging artists

Scholastic Art Awards

     Program booklet design and printing

Springfield Ballet Company

     Dancing through the District, in partnership with the Springfield Park District