Indiana-based arts organizations, non-arts organizations, and public entities are all eligible to apply for this grant. The IAC defines non-arts organizations as 501c3 nonprofits that do not have the arts as their primary mission. Eligible non-arts organizations and public entities include (but are not limited to) pre-K, elementary, secondary, schools, and, in some cases colleges and universities; senior centers; parks and recreation departments; civic and community service organizations; Main Street and other community development organizations; professional associations; public libraries; public broadcast stations; health and human service agencies; public agencies such as municipal and county governments; and private nonprofit tax-exempt community based organizations. Arts organizations are 501c3 nonprofits whose mission and primary work are arts related.
All applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
1. Must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, a unit of state or local government, an institution of higher education, or a federally recognized Indian tribal government;
a. A 501(c)(3) organization may act as a fiscal sponsor/agent for an organization that has not secured their federal tax-exempt status. Please contact your Regional Arts Partner representative (the contact in these guidelines) if you wish to apply using a fiscal sponsor/agent.
2. Must be incorporated in the State of Indiana at the time of application and for the duration of the grant period;
3. Must be physically located in Indiana, have an address in the region to which the organization is applying, with the majority of its arts programming, services, or activities taking place in Indiana, and must primarily serve and engage Indiana audiences and participants;
4. Must not have any overdue and/or unresolved Final Grant Reports with the Indiana Arts Commission or the Regional Arts Partner;
5. Organizations whose primary purpose is higher education (e.g. universities, colleges, division of a college) are eligible to apply for arts activities that are open to the public and clearly serve the needs of surrounding communities and involve community input during planning and implementation. Activities that are credit-producing or oriented primarily to university students and the academic community are not eligible;
6. Must comply with all federal, state, and local laws and ordinances, including but not limited to those that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability;
7. An organization may only apply for one of the following grant programs in the same fiscal year: APS or AOS;