Ends on March 15, 2019

Luminarts has recently made revisions to the application process for Project Grants. Please read the information below.


Before Submitting Your Application

Luminarts Fellows are encouraged to apply for funding of projects that interest them. While Project Grants aim to support a broad and diverse scope of career development opportunities for Fellows, Project Grant proposals are strongest when they demonstrate a significant and pivotal impact on the individual Fellow and their career trajectory in the arts.


In addition, Fellows must contact Luminarts’ Executive Director, Jason Kalajainen prior to submitting a project grant proposal; to discuss the project in detail, the budget, and ask any questions that may increase the quality and overall impact of the project being proposed. Contact Jason at jason@luminarts.org to setup a time to meet in person or via phone. Fellows are asked to do this no later than Friday, March 1, 2019 for the March 15 application deadline.


Please note that Luminarts Fellows are eligible to receive funding only one time per 12 month period.


The next deadline for Fellow Project Grants is March 15, 2019. Fellows will be notified three to four weeks after the deadline regarding the status of their proposal. For proposals that have been approved for funding, grant checks will be issued within three weeks after being notified that the project has been funded.


Project grants are available for Luminarts Fellows to support career development and advancement opportunities, including residencies, master classes, exhibition and performance expenses, professional travel, research, and more.


While these grants may be used for a broad array of career development opportunities, applicants must demonstrate how the funding will support this development, and how the funded experience will in turn benefit the Chicago community. Luminarts Fellows, including first- and second-place award recipients as of 2010, are eligible to apply for Project Grants.

Project Grant Guidelines

  • Applicants must be designated a Luminarts Fellow (or have been a 1st or 2nd place winner in a Foundation competition since 2010)
  • While applicants are not required to live in the Chicago area, they must be able to demonstrate how the funded opportunity will directly benefit Chicago
  • Applicant requests for funding may not exceed $2,500 and the total request may be no more than 50% of the total project expenditure
  • All funding granted must be spent and accounted for within one (1) year from the date awarded.
  • Fellows must contact Executive Director, Jason Kalajainen at jason@luminarts.org prior to submitting a proposal to discuss the project.


Luminarts' Expectations for all Project Grant Awardees

The Luminarts Cultural Foundation has the expectation that all Fellows who are awarded project grant funding will highlight the Foundation's contribution through any marketing and/or PR materials that may be connected with the project. Fellows are encouraged to contact the Foundation with questions regarding marketing and PR expectations.


Luminarts requests that any photos, recordings, and video footage regarding funded projects be shared with the Foundation.


For more information about Project Grants please contact the Foundation at info@luminarts.org or at 312-435-5961.