Professional Development Grant

From The Joyce Foundation

We invest in evidence-informed public policies and strategies to advance racial equity and economic mobility for the next generation in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin.

Grant uses


The Foundation believes that art is key to the quality of life for people in the region and is an indispensable part of healthy and vibrant communities. The arts should serve and reflect the true diversity of the city and that organizations led by and serving communities of color, which have been historically underfunded, should have resources to build sustainability and thrive. With a focus on Chicago, the mission of the Culture Program is to support the development, growth, and visibility of artists and arts organizations of color to advance racial equity, inspire creativity, and foster more culturally vibrant, diverse, and sustainable communities.

We define arts organizations of color as organizations whose primary practices and mission are by, for, and about artists, cultures, and communities of color. Indicators may include but are not limited to the presence of some combination of: organizational mission; history; executive, artistic, and governance leadership; programmatic content; artists; and audience.

Professional Development grants support opportunities including residencies, fellowships, education, and mentorship to enable early and mid-career artists of color to advance their careers, strengthen professional networks, and raise visibility for their work


Organization's Location
Program Location
IL (Chicago)
Organization Type


Arts education programs
Capital campaigns
Endowment campaigns
Direct service programs
Commercial ventures
Religious activities
20k – 75k


Step 1: Letter of Inquiry
Application deadlines
Jun 6
Oct 7
Step 2: Full proposal (invite only)
Required Attachments
Letter of Inquiry (LOI)
Review Criteria

We prioritize funding for organizations that also demonstrate the following:

  • Artistic depth and complexity at consistently high levels
  • Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Explores, engages, or brings forward the stories and concerns of underrepresented communities and populations
  • Resonance with timely themes, histories, or concerns
  • Effective planning and demonstrated track record of achieving what it sets out to do
  • Strong leadership
  • Solid financial management