Southern Arts Fund

The Southern Arts Fund is a Community Arts Access Program administered by Carbondale Community Arts with major funding support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. Additional financial support for the program is provided by the City of Carbondale and by institutional and individual donors throughout the region.

Each year the Fund distributes tens of thousands of state and local dollars in program grants each year to individual artists, arts organizations, and schools throughout the southern twenty-six counties of Illinois. Since 2001 more than 200 grants have been awarded to area schools and to organizations like the African American Museum, the Southern Illinois Children’s Choir, the Grand Chain Civic Club, the Jackson County Stage Company, and the Southern Illinois Irish Festival.

2018 Application Early Deadline November 3, 2017 

Final 2018 Application Deadline: January 15, 2018


Downloadable BUDGET SHEET



Southern Arts Fund Mission:

-to promote and encourage arts programming and educational outreach by not-for-profit organizations and individual artists throughout Southern Illinois by providing financial and technical support.


Deadline for 2018 project applications is January 15, 2018.

SAF 2017 Final Report for Grantees (click here)

SAF Highlights

SAF grantee Kevin Lucas performs a area senior citizen center (FY2010).

Students at Carbondale’s Parrish school learn Latin rhythms from SAF visiting artists Son de Madera (FY 2011).

SAF artist Julio Barrenzuela at Thomas School in Carbondale

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