Ignite Fund

The Ignite Fund is a Regional Regranting Program administered by 3Arts and supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The Ignite Fund provides $6,000 grants to Chicago-area artists and/or artist-led collectives producing community focused, public-facing projects that are centered in the visual arts. Annually, 10 grants will be distributed, for a total of $60,000 in funding.


Founded in 1912, with a history centered on women artists, 3Arts is a nonprofit organization that supports artists working in the performing, teaching, and visual arts in the Chicago metropolitan area, including women artists, artists of color, and Deaf and disabled artists. By providing unrestricted awards, project funding, residencies, professional development, and promotion, 3Arts helps artists take risks, experiment, and build momentum in their careers over time. Since 2007, 3Arts has supported more than 2,300 artists across all program areas, representing 68% women artists, 73% artists of color, and 22% Deaf and disabled artists working in the six-county metropolitan area, and distributed $7.4 million through our grantmaking.

Please note that the Ignite Fund is a regranting program and not a 3Arts program.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

In accordance with Andy Warhol’s will, the mission of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts is the advancement of the visual arts. The Foundation manages an innovative and flexible grants program while also preserving Warhol’s legacy through creative and responsible licensing policies and extensive scholarly research for ongoing catalogue raisonné projects. To date, the Foundation has given nearly $300 million in cash grants to more than 1,000 arts organizations in 49 states and abroad and has donated 52,786 works of art to 322 institutions worldwide.

The Ignite Fund is funded through the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Regional Regranting Program. The Regional Regranting Program was established in 2007 to recognize and support the movement of independently organized, public-facing, artist-centered activity that animates local and regional art scenes but that lies beyond the reach of traditional funding sources. The program is administered by non-profit visual art centers across the United States that work in partnership with the Foundation to fund artists’ experimental projects and collaborative undertakings.

The 35 regranting programs provide grants of up to $10,000 for the creation and presentation of new work. Programs are developed and facilitated by organizations in Albuquerque (NM), Atlanta (GA), Baltimore (MD), Boston (MA), Buffalo (NY), Chicago (IL), Cleveland (OH), Denver (CO), Detroit (MI), Honolulu (HI), Houston (TX), Indianapolis (IN), Kansas City (MO), Knoxville (TN), Rapid City (SD), Los Angeles (CA), Miami (FL), Milwaukee (WI), Minneapolis (MN), Mobile (AL), New Orleans (LA), Newark (NJ), Oklahoma City (OK), Omaha (NE), Philadelphia (PA), Tucson (AZ), Portland (ME), Portland (OR), Providence (RI), Raleigh (NC), Saint Louis (MO), San Francisco (CA), San Juan (PR), Seattle (WA), and Washington, DC.

To learn more about these regranting partners and their work, CLICK HERE!

Accessibility Statement

The Ignite Fund is committed to providing accessible digital and in-person content including:

Ignite Fund Accessibility Resource

Download our accessibility resource, which includes examples, service providers, and free trainings.

If applicants and/or grantees need assistance or training in this area, please contact Ignite Fund staff at info@ignitefund.org.

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