In March 2020, the SECC hired Tiffany Mikell to lead creative entrepreneurship programs, now called the Arts & Culture Capital Lab (ACCL) including the development of a new funding initiative for artists: the Equitable Investment in the Arts (EIA) — a fellowship program designed to invest in local creatives as community wealth builders.
The EIA – Call for Project Proposals and rolling application process soft launched this past December 2020 and formally launched in January 2021.
This is a high-level update on the EIA initiative and other ACCL Programs. Rolling applications for ACCL’s 2021 Funding Cycles remain open until October 1, 2021.
Recent program updates were also shared live via a recent NICE Network event series: Funding Friday (https://www.crowdcast.io/e/funding-friday-cce).
To address wide-spread knowledge gaps, identified during program design (ACCL Program Logic Model), within the sector related to fundraising, impact investing and other community wealth building principles — in addition to the one-year fellowship, ACCL launched and now implements two program pillars that complement the EIA Fellowship:
- NICE Network
- Community Artcelerator
Micro-grants for EIA and the Community Artcelerator are awarded through 7 monthly funding cycles occurring between March 2021 – October 2021.
To date, 72 EIASeedPOP Submissions/Applications have been submitted by Chicago-based artists.
During the first 2 funding cycles (March and April 2021), $88,500 was awarded in micro-grants to 26 local artists/creative entrepreneurs, with projects anchored across 23 Chicago neighborhoods.
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