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Applications Are Being Accepted for City of Highland Park Cultural Arts Commission Grants

Since its inception, the City of Highland Park’s Cultural Arts Commission (CAC) has cultivated a vibrant arts presence in the community by overseeing three separate grant opportunities to promote the arts. Three separate grant opportunities are available: The Purchase of Service Grant, Co-Sponsorship Grant, and Spark Microgrant. Eligible organizations or artists are encouraged to apply for the one grant opportunity that best fits their organization and to help enhance artistic opportunities for Highland Park residents.

The Purchase of Service Grant is a general cultural art grant that aims to broaden public access to arts activities and encourages organizations to be more creative in planning cultural arts projects. The Commission allocates $25,000 in grant funding to non-profit applicants who provide art programs in the community. Organizations must have their 501(C)(3) status and serve Highland Park residents. The grant application is due August 15, 2017. More information about the requirements for the Purchase of Service Grant can be found at

The Co-Sponsorship Grant provides a total of $5,000 to be used to sponsor a one-time arts-related event, such as an art exhibition or performance. Not-for-profit organizations, institutions, or associations that serve Highland Park residents may apply. Co-Sponsorship grants may be submitted year-round. More information about the requirements can be found at

The Spark Microgrant program was created to nurture our community's individual artists, arts organizations and other agencies engaging in cultural activities - especially those not currently eligible for or receiving other CAC funding. Projects must occur within Highland Park and must include substantial participation from or benefit to residents of Highland Park. Applicants may be individual artists, collectives, or curators, or residents or businesses collaborating with artists. They do not need to be 501(c)(3) entities. Applicants may request up to $500. More information about the requirements can be found at

For more information, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 847.926.1043 or by email at