With a 10-year track record of bringing the city’s arts and cultural resources into its public schools, CSF is a case study in the potential of small levers to spark meaningful, lasting change. Leveraging public and private resources, CSF granting acts as an incentive for school leaders to build and sustain arts education access for every student, in every grade.

The Creative Schools Fund has invested over $18M directly into Chicago Public Schools over ten years.

How Granting Works

CSF Impact

How to Apply

Grants prioritize those schools with the least systemic arts access. Projects bring immediate arts programs to students – and fuel sustainable, long term increases to arts education access for every student, in every grade.

Each year’s grants represent every CPS network, every Chicago neighborhood, and schools of every type within the public education landscape. Yet – investments are concentrated in the neighborhoods and student populations where access is currently most limited.

  • 200K+

    Students Served

  • 450+

    Schools Supported

  • 1000+

    Grants Awarded

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