It’s official! On Tuesday, Governor Pritzker signed the Fiscal Year 2023 budget package, which includes $50 million for the creative sector! This funding is unprecedented in its scale and focus on our sector. While it isn’t the full amount we asked for, it is on par with two other major sectors that received relief dollars: restaurants also received $50 million, and hotels received $75 million. We are so grateful to all of you and the many Illinois Creative Future Fund partners who advocated for this vital support.

The budget package includes some additional important wins for arts and culture, including capital money appropriation and reappropriation. Check out Arts Alliance Illinois’ full budget analysis for more details about the $50M and other arts and culture-relevant info:

The 50 million dollar question: how can you get access to these relief funds? A new initiative called the Illinois Creative Recovery Grant Program will be created and administered by the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO). All $50 million applies to FY23, which begins July 1, 2022, and DCEO may adopt emergency rules to help move the funds more quickly to our sector.

Many key details of this grant program have not been determined yet, and we know the details of how this is administered will be crucial. Arts Alliance Illinois is working closely with DCEO to influence that process and ensure the creative sector’s needs are met.

Find out more at ArtsAllianceIllinois.org