MacArthur Arts and Culture Loan Fund

What is the Arts & Culture Loan Fund?

The Arts & Culture Loan Fund is a MacArthur Foundation-funded program that helps small and medium-sized arts and culture organizations manage the uneven cash flow resulting from the timing of production costs, ticket sales, and grant and government revenue, as well as strengthen their financial capacity through group and one-on-one training.

IFF administers the fund in partnership with Fiscal Management Associates (FMA) and Fifth Third Bank. We work together to help arts and culture nonprofits by offering:

  • Operating loans to manage the uneven cash flow resulting from the timing of production costs, ticket sales, and grant and government revenue. Loans range in size from $10,000 to $150,000 with a one-year term, with potential for renewal. The interest rates vary.
  • A series of group workshops to hone your financial acumen and network with other arts and culture nonprofits.
  • One-on-one financial coaching tailored to address your organization’s specific needs.

Is your organization eligible?

The program is open to Chicago-area arts organizations that are grantees of the MacArthur Foundation or the MacArthur funds at the Prince Charitable Trusts and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation. Your organization must have an annual budget between $250,000 and $5 million.

How can you participate?

You may access single or multiple program resources, depending on your organization’s needs.

To apply: Please download our application form (Word or PDF), which includes submission instructions.

Questions? Concerns? Download our fact sheet for more information or email FMA.