Arts & Culture in Chicago: Chicago International Connections Fund

Understand guideline and funding cycles

MacArthur publishes program guidelines to help applicants determine whether their idea for a grant fits within a particular grantmaking strategy.

As a general rule, applicants should base this decision on three related criteria that appear in program guidelines: the topical focus addressed by the grantmaking strategy; the geographic area covered by the grantmaking strategy; and, finally, the type of funding (i.e., general operating support, research, program support, etc.) that supports the grantmaking strategy.

Like most strategic grantmaking foundations, the MacArthur Foundation considers funding only those applications that closely match the topical, geographic, and funding criteria for a specific grantmaking strategy.

 

The application period for 2015 International Connections Fund is now closed.

Overview

To encourage a greater sharing of experiences and international learning, the MacArthur Foundation has established a $1 million fund to help eligible non-profit arts and culture organizations advance their work by collaborating with peer organizations abroad.

Eligible Organizations

The following organizations are eligible to apply for funding from the MacArthur Foundation under this initiative:

  • A nonprofit organization* in the Chicago area that has received a grant payment directly from the MacArthur Foundation between 2010-2014, or
  • A nonprofit organization* in the Chicago area that has received a grant payment between 2010-2014 from the MacArthur Funds established at the Driehaus Foundation and Prince Charitable Trusts (including the Small Dance and Theater Fund).

*Eligible nonprofit organizations are those with 501(C)(3) designations that are not private foundations.

Selection Criteria

Preference will be given to:

  • New or expanded programs rather than programs that are core to the organization or that have been ongoing for several years.
  • Reciprocal exchanges to and from Chicago (rather than in only one direction).
  • Projects that are ready to implement (i.e. partner is identified, budget drafted, timeline created) rather than proposals for planning.
  • Organization’s likelihood of raising sufficient funds to successfully implement the project. 
  • Groups that have not received an International Connections Fund grant in the past (between 2012-2014).

A review committee will review all applications.  Grants will be awarded in September or October 2015. 

Application Process

The Foundation is using a new online application system.  Applications will be accepted between May 4, 2015 and 5 pm on May 15, 2015.  ONLY applications entered through our online system will be considered.  To help you plan your organization’s proposal, we have attached an outline of the application to this email.  Please do not submit this document as your application.

Individual grants will range from $5,000 to $50,000.

Required Reports

At the conclusion of the grant period, a successful applicant will be expected to submit a written report up to five pages describing the activities funded by the grant and what was learned or accomplished through the use of the grant funds.  In addition, we encourage the submission of any audio, video, photos, or press related to your exchange.

Fund Restrictions

  • Grant funds must be used in accordance with applicable law.
  • Any travel or expenses associated with the grant including hotels and other accommodations, must be reasonable and necessary to accomplish the grant purpose(s).
  • Additional expense guidelines will be made available to successful applicants.
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Chicago Arts and Culture Groups Receive Grants for International Collaborations

The grants are provided through MacArthur’s International Connections Fund, which aims to help Chicago nonprofit arts and culture organizations advance their work by collaborating with peer organizations abroad. Read More