Rockford, Illinois News

Local arts organizations receive COVID-19 offset grants

ROCKFORD — Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, Kjellstrom Family Foundation and Arts Alliance Illinois have awarded $60,000 in grants to four local arts organizations.

Funds are marked to offset lost revenue due to COVID-19 and are part of the most recent round of funding via the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund. The fund is a statewide effort administered by Arts Alliance Illinois and established by the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois, and the broader philanthropic community.

Community Foundation of Northern Illinois was approached by Arts Alliance to activate a 1:2 matching grant opportunity, up to $20,000. The foundation and Kjellstrom Family Foundation jointly contributed $40,000 to reach the full match, resulting in $60,000.

The four organizations awarded recent are: Midway Village Museum, $20,000; Rockford Symphony Orchestra, $20,000; Rockford Area Arts Council, $10,000; Rockford Art Museum, $10,000.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented strain on our arts and cultural
community,” Community Foundation President Dan Ross said. “While organizations have shown incredible resilience and creativity in spite of closures, cancellations, and reduced capacity, the losses faced by this sector are immense. We are very grateful to the Arts Alliance for their match and to The Kjellstrom Family Foundation for joining us in support of our local arts community.”

Since its launch on April 1,  the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund has awarded $5,088,000 to 1,460 artists and 233 organizations around the state.

More about the fund is here.

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