Rep. Demmer Encourages Local Photographers, Artists and Creative Organizations to Apply for Relief Funding

Dixon – State Representative Tom Demmer (R-Dixon) is encouraging local photographers, artists and creative organizations to apply for Coronavirus relief funding through Arts for Illinois.

“The Coronavirus pandemic has put pressure on every part our economy, including those who work in the arts,” said Rep. Demmer. “Fortunately, there is relief funding available for local artists, photographers, creative organizations and others to help ease the burden. Deadlines will be extended for downstate applicants, so I encourage all of those who are eligible to apply for these grants.”

The Arts for Illinois Relief Fund provides financial relief to workers and organizations in the creative industries impacted by COVID-19. This includes all artists and artisans, including stage and production members and part-time cultural workers, and large to small arts organizations in all disciplines. Donations to the fund will go directly to artists and arts organizations throughout Illinois. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Individuals are encouraged to apply for one-time grants of $1,500, which are awarded expediently and based on a lottery system. Arts organizations grants are likewise based on a combination of need and lost revenue from the crisis. 

The fund is a partnership between the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois, the broader philanthropic community, and the residents of Illinois. It can accept donations from individuals, foundations, and public sources. The Arts for Illinois Relief Fund is administered by Arts Alliance Illinois in partnership with 3Arts and Arts Works Fund, long-standing and trusted service organizations and grantmakers.

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