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 the International Connections Fund is now closed.

Overview

To encourage a greater sharing of experiences and international learning, the MacArthur Foundation has established a 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 2013-2016, or
  • A nonprofit organization* in the Chicago area that has received a grant payment between 2013-2016 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 two ICF cycles (between 2015-2016).

A review committee will review all applications.  Grants will be awarded in  October 2017. 

Application Process

The Foundation is using a new online application system. Applications will be accepted between May 3, 2017 and 5 pm on May 18, 2017ONLY applications entered through our online system will be considered.  

Individual grants will range from $10,000.

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.

 

 


Updated May 2017

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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