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Grants to Indiana Nonprofits, Agencies, and IHEs to Provide Public Arts Programming

Arts Project Support (APS)


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Funding Source
Indiana Arts Commission (IAC)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Indiana

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/09/23 11:59 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 to Indiana nonprofit organizations, units of government, Tribal governments, IHEs, and schools to promote the arts. Funding is intended to support local artists and to support public access to arts activities. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, exhibitions, events, performances, educational workshops, or a series of related arts activities such as art classes or training sessions that are open to the public whether free or for a fee.

This grant program has the following objectives: provide the general public access to quality arts activities, with special attention to underserved communities, and support Indiana artists who are a vital part of Indiana’s economy and community life.

This grant program is created with a focus on the Indiana Arts Commission’s Funding Imperatives: 

  • Excellence, 
  • Authenticity, 
  • Inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA), 
  • Education

For more information, see

This grant program’s objective is to provide:

  1. The general public access to quality arts activities, with special attention to underserved communities; and,
  2. Support for local or Indiana artists who are a vital part of Indiana’s economy and community life.

For Allowable Project Expenses, see


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
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;

NOTE: FY23 APS grantees that received an extension into the new fiscal year cannot apply for FY24 APS or AOS funding.

APS funding may not be used for projects already supported by the Indiana Arts Commission (for example, more than one organization receiving APS funding for the same project is not allowable).

Non-Allowable Project Expenses
Funds awarded by the IAC may not be used to support any of the following:
- Operations
- Cash reserves, endowment accounts, deficit reduction or elimination
- Taxes and interest
- Compensation to foreign nationals
- Visa costs
- Travel outside the United States
- Indirect costs or underwriting for programming, activities, and/or services by degree-granting colleges and universities outside of what is explicitly allowable for project-based grants.
- Resale items purchased for resale
- Alcoholic beverages
- Donations and contributions
- Entertainment costs (such as receptions, parties, galas, dinners, community gatherings, etc.)
- Fundraising and Investment costs
- Lobbying
- Home office workspace
- Prohibited telecommunications and video surveillance services and equipment
- Regranting to individuals or other organizations
- Applications for projects that primarily present political, denominational, religious, or sectarian ideas or projects that enhance the property of religious institutions.
- Capital Expenditures
- Capital improvements, facility construction, structural renovations, and restorations not integral to an organization’s mission or that facilitate accessibility
- Purchase of artwork
- The purchase of vehicles
- Programming
- Events not open to the public. (Project Support for schools, disability service organizations, and similar service agents with specific communities served, must include an event/activity that is open to the public).
- Projects or programs to be delivered outside the State of Indiana
- Activities and expenses outside the grant period
- Activities that are solely for the purpose of fundraising

Pre-Proposal Conference
Application Support Webinar
February 7, 2023, 4:00PM (EST)

Register to Attend:

Pre-Application Information
- Applications Open January 4, 2023
- Application Support Webinar February 7, 2023, 4:00PM (EST)
- Applications Due March 9, 2023, 11:59 PM (EST)
Application deadline is March 9, 2023 by 11:59 PM EST. Staff will not be available after 5:00 PM EST to assist with applications.
- Panel Review April 20 - May 4, 2023
- Award Notification June 12, 2023
- First Payment October 2023
- Final Payment Varies - The final payment is made after the final grant report (due July 13, 2024) is submitted

Draft reviews by Regional Arts Partners are available to first-time applicants and organizations who are not currently receiving funds from the IAC.

Match Requirement: There is no match requirement for this grant.

Estimated Size of Grant
APS applicants may request up to $5,000 to support their arts project.

Term of Contract
Fiscal Year 2024 Grant Cycle: July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024

Contact Information
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