Art Design Chicago 2024 Publications Grants Program (Illinois)

As part of Art Design Chicago 2024, the Terra Foundation is offering grants for book-length publications that contribute new insights and knowledge about Chicago’s diverse makers, and art and/or design histories specifically related to the initiative’s focus.

Donor Name: Terra Foundation

State: Illinois

City: Chicago City

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 12/07/2021

Grant Size: $5,000 to $10,000


Art Design Chicago, now in its second iteration, is a platform for collaboration and collective action to explore and elevate Chicago’s rich visual-art and design histories and creative communities. Art Design Chicago 2024 offers new opportunities to examine and share the multiplicity of voices and stories that contribute to the city’s dynamic artistic identity and cultural history.

To be considered for a grant, projects must:

  • Offer significant original scholarship;
  • Be under contract for publication and scheduled to be published by the end of 2024; and
  • Undergo a process of peer review. Organizations that do not have a peer-review process in place may use the Terra Foundation’s manuscript assessment form, which should be completed by at least two qualified reviewers.

The Terra Foundation encourages projects that:

  • Feature the work of diverse makers and address creative practices and communities that have not previously, or recently, been the subject of close study;
  • Open up new contexts for thinking about Chicago’s art and design histories (and by extension US art and design histories) by bringing a diversity of voices to the topic, and through interdisciplinary or comparative approaches, for example; and
  • Bring attention to collections that are significant to Chicago’s art and design history, making these resources better understood.

Funding Information

Publications grants range from $5,000 to $10,000 and are expected to be used to enhance the quality of a publication or to reduce its retail price, making it accessible to a larger audience.

Eligibility Criteria

Chicago-based organizations and those based elsewhere in the United States or abroad may apply for a publication grant. The Terra Foundation only accepts proposals from institutions with United States 501(c)(3) status or the international equivalent, and does not make grants to commercial publishers or to individuals. Organizations that are invited to submit a formal grant proposal must include with their application a copy of the completed manuscript and two peer reviews of it.

The following are not eligible for grant support:

  • Commercial publishers and individuals;
  • Projects that focus on architecture, the built environment, or urban plan;
  • Exhibition catalogues as they are supported through exhibitions grants;
  • Collection handbooks, publications that primarily feature a single private or commercial collection, and catalogues raisonnés; and
  • Capital expenditures and internal staff and overhead costs.

For more information, visit Publications Grants.