Over the past 25 years we have provided special arts grants to numerous artists and organizations. We extend our gratitude to the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Arts Midwest, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Illinois Humanities Council, the Arts Alliance Illinois, the Neil and Mary Ellen Dillard Fund, and our private donors for their significant contributions and support of our vision, mission, and values.

Southern Illinois Arts Pollinator Project: Applications Open!

This grant is made possible by funding from Builders Vision, Illinois Arts Council Agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Artspace 304 recognizes the expansive pool of emerging talent in Southern Illinois’ contemporary craft field. This grant is designed to strengthen the path from the artists’ creative output to the consumer market.

Who / What

The SI Pollinator Arts Project grants are targeted to meet the needs of budding artists in the form of:

  • Providing you with $5,000 to make equipment or material purchases needed in the production of mass saleable artwork
  • Giving you ready access to sales through retail outlets, including Artspace 304
  • Pairing you with mentors who can assist in the marketing your work


September 15 – Application released
October 6 – Application process closed
October 27 – Grant awards announced
November 3 – Funds are disbursed / Mentorships begin
March 1 – Final reports are due


Review the application by clicking on the link below.
Submit your application by the deadline: October 6

Exhibit at Artspace 304

We look forward to seeing your work in our space! Applications to exhibit at our galleries are accepted on a rolling basis. Click here for our application form or email exhibits@artspace304.org for more information.

Partner with Shop 304

Join other makers across Southern Illinois and submit your artwork and goods for sale at Shop 304. We consider submissions throughout the year and accept work in a variety of media and materials.

    To submit email the following information to exhibits@artspace304.org:
    • Name & contact information
    • 3-5 photographs of your work (jpegs)
    • Short biography (200 words)
    • Short statement about your process & techniques (200 words)

    Apply for Regional Grants


    Applications for SAF 2023 are now closed. Stay tuned for next years SAF in early Spring 2024.

    SAF provides financial assistance in the form of grants to artists and organizations whose projects and practice are public in nature.

    Eligible applicants for SAF funding opportunities include public, private, and nonprofit organizations, as well as individual artists located in Southern Illinois.

    Learn more about SAF »



    Illinois Arts Council Agency (IACA) is committed to building a strong, creative, and connected Illinois through the arts.

    They offer several regional grant opportunities for artists, musicians, and creatives.

    Learn more about IACA grants »

    “The collaboration between Artspace 304 and the Southern Illinois Music Festival has been very rewarding artistically, and benefits our whole community. Funding from the Southern Arts Fund has allowed us to expand our programming to include high quality chamber music and ‘Klassics for Kids‘ concerts at Artspace 304.”

    Edward Benyas

    Professor of Oboe & Conducting, Southern Illinois University

    Music Director, Southern Illinois Music Festival

    Music Director, New Chicago Chamber Orchestra 


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