Chicago announces program to distribute grants for artists impacted by COVID-19

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Thursday, September 30, 2021

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago has announced a new $2.3 million relief fund for artists and creative works who have suffered lost income during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The "Chicago Creative Worker Assistance Program" will distribute hundreds of grants, by the end of this year.

The grants will range from $2,000 to $5,000. Mayor Lori Lightfoot's Office said it plans to open additional rounds of funding in 2022.

As part of the 2022 proposed budget includes $26 million in new arts and culture investments, including an increase in the DCASE Cultural Grants budget from $2.7 million to $20.7 million.

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