The Chicago Academy for the Arts Alumni Grant Program supports the work of Academy alums by providing funding that:

  1. Supports artists in the creation and exhibition/production/performance/etcetera of compelling, meaningful, and impactful work; and/or

  2. Supports projects that serve communities in a manner that utilizes an alum’s Academy education. (Please note that projects do not have to be arts specific in nature.)

Alums may apply for a $500 grant by Monday, December 2. We will distribute up to four grants (though we are committed to increasing this budget in future years as the program gains momentum). Proposals selected to receive funding will be announced at our Alumni Party on Saturday, December 21. RSVP below! 

Submission guidelines are as follows:

  • Proposals should consist of a 1-2 page narrative that describes the project’s purpose and timeline, its main contributors, and the desired outcome. 

  • The proposal should include the submitter’s resume (and the qualifications of all primary contributors), the project’s total budget, including expenses and any sources of additional funding or revenue. These items will be considered separate attachments from the 2 page narrative limit.

  • Proposals do not need to fund an arts specific project. However, all proposals should explain how the project will draw upon one’s Academy education and experience.

  • Proposals may not conflict with The Academy’s mission or operations.

  • Proposals must be submitted via email by December 2 to

Projects selected to receive funding will be announced on December 21 at the Alumni Party.

Academy Alumni Party RSVP - December 21

Never written a grant proposal before? 

Need help with your narrative? 

Join us on September 25 for the alumni grant information session!

In addition to answering questions about this grants process, our Director of Development, Elizabeth Vivas, will be leading a Grant Writing 101 workshop for alumni. She will walk you through how to craft a case for support, put together a proposal budget, and more. Grant writing is an essential skill for artists, and we at The Academy are endeavoring to provide more resources, like this class, for our alums.

Please direct any questions to Sarah Crain at

Alumni Grants Info Session RSVP - September 25