Arts organizations are invited to apply to the City of Evanston’s Cultural Fund Grant Program starting Saturday, February 1, 2020. The Cultural Fund, administered by the Evanston Arts Council, supports artistic excellence throughout the community by providing financial assistance to not-for-profit arts organizations for general operating costs or projects. Applications must be submitted via online forms, which are posted at, by Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 5 p.m.

The City of Evanston will be awarding a total of $30,000 in grants in the following two categories: General Operating Support, awards up to $5,000; and Special Programs and Projects, awards up to $5,000. Applicants may only apply for one of the grant categories. All projects must take place in Evanston in order to successfully qualify for a grant.

There will be two free grant writing workshops offered specifically for the Cultural Fund Grant Program. All applicants are encouraged to attend a session:

Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Morton Civic Center, Room 2402, 2100 Ridge Ave.

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Morton Civic Center, Room 2404, 2100 Ridge Ave.

For special considerations, such as sign language interpretation or Braille translation, please call 847-859-7833 at least one week prior to the meeting date.

The Cultural Fund Grant application must be completed and submitted online only. This allows applicants to easily submit financial records and supporting documents, as well as save progress throughout the application process.

All information about the grants, guidelines and applications can be found by visiting For questions, please contact Assistant to the City Manager Paulina Martínez at

The goal of the Cultural Fund Grant Program is to sustain and advance the community’s arts industry. Evanston’s vision for its Cultural Fund Grant Program is to activate the extraordinary assets of the community to nurture arts programs and events that benefit all Evanstonians.