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 in Chicago and Cook County.
Grants are available for arts and cultural organizations with operating expenses between $50,000 and $800,000 to build capacity in five key areas:
Building Visibility Defining Direction Improving Systems Strengthening Leadership Increasing Resources
Challenge: How to grow before you have the resources to grow
Solution: Uncover in-hand staff assets and redraw the organizational chart to allow the executive director to focus on fundraising
AWF Support: Three grants totaling $37,000 to:
Chicago a Cappella
Challenge: Make a multi-faceted mission clear to all constituents
Solution: Discover, through a website redesign, an underlying, clarifying structure
AWF Support: Four grants totaling $34,375 to:
Accessible Contemporary Music
Challenge: Create buzz about a dance company
Solution: Design new media to illustrate artistic vision, exploit word‐of‐mouth
AWF Support: Two grants totaling $19,000 to:
Lucky Plush Productions
We believe that Chicago's arts and culture organizations are vibrant and capable; that organizational capacity supports artistic strength; and that capacity building is an ongoing process; capacity needs change as the organization changes.