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 2023 Guidelines and Forms:

FY23 Guidelines and Forms PDF

FY23 Guidelines and Forms DOC

You may also fill out the application online HERE


Garvey-Tubman Cultural Arts and Research Center – Music Lessons

Hoogland Center for the Arts – Disney’s Descendants

Illinois State Museum Society – Noir: Art Exhibition

James Weldon Johnson Study Guild – Writing Contest

Land of Lincoln Barbershop Chorus – Barbershop n Country Concert

Menard County Singers – Rehearsal and Performance Space Rental

The Pharmacy Gallery and Art Space – Emerging Artist Program

Scholastic Art Awards, Mid-Central Illinois Region – Honors Day Classes

Senior Services of Central Illinois – Senior Art Classes in Acrylics

Springfield International Folk Dancers – Rehearsal Space and Costume Storage Rental

Springfield Urban League – After-school Art Academy

Theatre in the Park – Pre-show Entertainment

Voices of Love, Peace, and Joy – Music Scholarship Contest