The grant is allocated for $600 towards our incorporation and 501(c)3 costs, and $400 towards documentation of the Kriti festival (hiring a videocamera and making a DVD, essentially).
Y'all may remember me working on this last fall; this grant is considered a 'starter' grant, and from what they told us, is pretty widely granted to most applicants, if they can fill out the forms correctly. No previous accomplishments required, so if you have an arts group in the Chicago area, definitely consider applying. And if you're elsewhere, check into your city's local arts support programs.
Next year, we apply for the larger Illinois Arts Council grants (which require already having your own 501(c)3 status, not just being under someone else's umbrella), and for other, larger, Chicago grants that require having done some programming already. Very pleasing. If I were truly organized, we would be doing these for the SLF, for Strange Horizons, for Carl Brandon, for Broad Universe. Though I'm not sure they're eligible, being incorporated elsewhere. But worth checking out for next fall...
On another note, got halfway through Chapter 15 yesterday evening. Back to it now. I still can't believe that our apartment is on the market; it's hard to take that in. But perhaps the ongoing scrubbing of the floors, the washing of the windows, will help grind it into my bones. :-)