Rocket Grants sister program, the Chicago-based Propeller Fund, has recently published the recipients for its second round of awards. Administered by Gallery 400 and threewalls, and similarly funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Propeller Fund awards 5 grants at the $6,000 level and 10 at the $2,000 level. Details about the 2011 awards can be found here.
The following information from their website describes the mission and vision of the program:
Propeller Fund recognizes that small, self-organized operations constitute a large catalyst for the creative activity and vitality of the Chicago visual art world. These projects are responsible for much of the complexity and richness in the art community.
From artist organized events, informal roundtables and workshops, collectively organized exhibition spaces, and publishing endeavors, a large number of the activities that actively sustain Chicago’s artists are informal, anti-institutional, or inconsistent in public presentation. These three attributes simultaneously fuel projects and disqualify them from traditional funding sources.
This informal and self-organized creative activity is abundant in Chicago. Propeller Fund is conceptualized to stimulate its further growth; to encourage more varied models; to spread the activities into more diverse areas; to promote the public’s interaction with, and public recognition of such activities; and to spark ambitions beyond current formats.