The Southern Arts Fund (SAF) is made possible through an Illinois Arts Council Community Arts Access program which offers grant opportunities to artists and non-profit organizations dedicated to arts programming and community engagement throughout Southern Illinois.
Artists and organizations wishing to provide thoughtful and accessible arts programming and outreach for their communities are encouraged to apply. Applicants eligible for SAF grants include, but are not limited to: cultural arts groups, community music groups, theatre groups, dance collectives, film/video and literary groups, artist collectives, libraries, public and private schools, and other community cultural providers.
Individual artists may also apply to support programs that include a significant public outreach component.
In order to fund as many quality programs as possible, grants typically do not exceed $1000. In addition, project budgets should demonstrate how SAF dollars are being matched by equivalent cash and/or in-kind contributions from other sources. (See application for important details about required match.)
Prospective applicants are encouraged to read the application materials in full before beginning the the application. CCA staff is generally available by phone (618.457.5100) or email (email@example.com) to answer questions about the program or the application itself.
• Projects must demonstrate a strong public service or community outreach component. • SAF dollars are not available for general or operating support or for professional development for individual artists.
• Organizations should generally have been incorporated for one year before applying.• Unincorporated organizations should consult with CCA before proceeding.• Cultural groups affiliated with community service organizations, faith-based organizations, or non-arts agencies may only apply for SAF grants in support of their arts/cultural activities.
Applicants should be aware that funding may be awarded for an amount that is lower than the applicant request. In such cases, applicants may be requested to submit a modified budget that demonstrates their ability to complete the project at the new funding level.
APPLICANT MATCH To encourage viability and commitment on the part of its grantees, the Southern Arts Fund requires applicants to fully match (100%) any funding request with cash and in-kind support from other sources.
Thus a request for $1000.00 from the SAF must be matched by $1,000.00. First year applicants may have a minimum cash match of 25% with 75% in-kind support. Second year applicants with repeat projects may have a minimum of a 50% cash match with 50% in-kind support. And third year applicants with repeat projects must match 100% of the request amount with an equal amount of cash (i.e. no in-kind support may be counted)
A general guideline for cash versus in-kind support is outlined below:
The source of all matching contributions should be verifiable. Questions about what constitutes cash versus in-kind support should be addressed to the CCA office.
NOTE TO STATE-FUNDED AGENCIES AND PUBLIC SCHOOLS:State colleges/universities and other institutions funded by state tax dollars are required to match CCA/IAC funds from outside sources beyond staff time and overhead provided by the school that is already tax-payer funded.
REPEAT FUNDING There is no guarantee of repeated funding for successful applicants. Those who have received SAF grants previously are welcome and encouraged to apply, but applications from new grantees and projects will be given priority consideration.
IACA POLICY RESTRICTIONSIn accordance with Illinois Arts Council Agency policy:• SAF may not duplicate support already provided by IACA grants.• SAF funds will not be awarded for capital expenditures (e.g. building projects), permanent fixtures or equipment, out of state touring, scholarships or reduced fees, or deficit reduction.
NOTE: Other IACA Policy restrictions may apply. Those who have not applied to CCA for Southern Arts Funding in the past are strongly advised to call the office before proceeding.