Strengthening Arts Management

The Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development is a funder collaborative created to help strengthen the management and operations of small arts and cultural organizations. By helping these groups to develop the business side of their operations, the Arts Work Fund aims to foster exciting work, develop new talent, and enrich the Chicago metropolitan community with their artistic vision.

Founded in


Voting Members
  • Cricket Island Foundation
  • The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation
  • The Chicago Community Trust
  • Jacob & Rosaline Cohn Fund
  • Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation
  • The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
  • Leo S. Guthman Fund
  • The Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust
  • Northern Trust
  • Polk Bros. Foundation
  • Woods Fund of Chicago


Visit the Arts Work Fund website for helpful links, "Ask An Expert" features and a database of consultants with experience in the arts.

Grant Process

Arts Work fund grants help small cultural organizations develop sustainable organizational capacity. Learn who is eligible and how to apply.

Recent Grants

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How to apply