Grant Guidelines

The Harper Court Arts Council supports organizations serving the Hyde Park and Kenwood communities. Grants are made for new and ongoing activities in two focus areas: arts and culture; and economic development.  Requests should address how the organization’s activities will improve the lives of residents in Kenwood and Hyde Park.

Eligible organizations must meet the following criteria:
• A current 501(c)(3) determination letter from the IRS
• A business address (no P.O. boxes) within Chicago

Priority is given to organizations:
• With operating budgets under $1 million
• A three year operating history subsequent to incorporation
• A minimum of one paid staff member
• Located in and serving the Hyde Park or Kenwood communities
• That can exhibit other sources of funding
• For specific projects rather than for general operating support

HPAC will not consider requests for:
• Activities attempting to influence legislation or to support candidates for public office
• Purchase of dinner or raffle tickets or advertising in dinner programs
• Grants to individuals