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Regional Initiative Grant Program - Region 7 Arts Project Support (APS)

Grants to Indiana Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible
Regions for Arts and Cultural Programming

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Indiana Arts Commission (IAC)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

03/05/20 4:30 PM Eastern Time


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Indiana nonprofit organizations and public entities to provide community arts activities in eligible regions. Priority will be given to programs that benefit underserved communities. Funding may be used to support activities such as exhibitions, arts series, training, classes, and seminars. Activities must take place in Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, or Shelby County.

Arts Project Support (APS) grants provide funding to Indiana arts and no-arts organizations to support a distinct aspect of the organization's arts activities, such as a one-time event; a single production; an exhibition; an educational seminar; or series of related arts activities, such as art classes or training sessions that are open to the public or directed toward a specific Indiana audience that will benefit from the project that take place during the grant period. 


To provide the general public access to quality arts and cultural activities, with special attention to underserved communities. Underserved communities are defined as people lacking access to arts programs, services, or resources due to isolated geographic location, low income, age, race, ethnicity, cultural differences, disability, or other circumstances. 

Eligible program expenses:

  • Salaries
  • Administrative fees
  • Artistic fees
  • Staff development and training
  • Space and equipment rental
  • Promotional costs
  • Production costs, supplies, etc. needed to support the project activities; and
  • Capital equipment expenditure - up to $500- providing it plays an integral part of the project being proposed (e.g. theater rigging, exhibition pedestals). 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 127225

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request no less than $500 and up to $5,000.
This Region's average grant in this category for FY 2020 was $3,580.

Term of Contract:

July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Regional Eligibility: Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, and Shelby Counties

All Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

- Must be a private, nonprofit tax-exempt agency with either a 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), or be an Indiana public entity (part of a city or county government). An eligible tax-exempt organization may act as a fiscal sponsor/agent for an organization that has not secured its federal tax-exempt status.
- Must be incorporated in the State of Indiana at the time of application and for the duration of the grant period
- 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
- Must have a DUNS number that reflects the organization's legal name and current physical address
- Must not have any outstanding Final Grant Reports due to the Indiana Arts Commission or the Regional Arts Partner
- Organizations whose primary purpose is higher education (e.g., universities, colleges, division of a college) are eligible to apply for those arts activities that clearly serve the needs of surrounding communities and involve community output during planning and implementation. Those activities that are credit-producing or oriented primarily to university students and the academic community are not eligible to apply for those arts activities that clearly serve the needs of surrounding communities and involve community input during planning and implementation. Those activities that are credit-producing or oriented primarily to university students and the academic community are not eligible.
- 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
- An organization may apply for only one Regional Initiative Grant in the same fiscal year. Further, it cannot apply to other IAC grant programs for the same project.

Non-Arts Organizations do not have the arts as their primary mission. They include (but are not limited to) pre-K, elementary, secondary schools and, in some cases, colleges or universities; senior centers; parks and recreation departments; civic and community service organizations; health and human services agencies; public agencies such as municipal and county governments; and private nonprofit tax-exempt community-based organizations.

Ineligible program expenses:

Pre-proposal Conference:


Boone County Grant Workshop
January 8, 2020
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. eastern time
2030 Indianapolis Ave.
Lebanon, IN

Johnson County Grant Workshop
January 10, 2020
2:30 - 3:30 p.m. eastern time
550 E. Jefferson St.
Room #106
Franklin IN 46131
Parking & entry on the east side of the building

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications Open: December 20, 2019
Deadline to Request Draft Application Review: February 21, 2020
Application Due: March 5, 2020, by 4:30 PM EST
Panel Review: April 28 and 29, 2020
Award Notification: Early July 2020

Each eligible application will be reviewed and scored by a conflict-free panel of professional peers. The panel is open to applicants and the public for observation and may be recorded (although audio quality is not guaranteed.) Applicants are invited as observers only and cannot lobby or address the panel on behalf of their applications before, during or after the panel meeting. Region 7 Regional Initiative Grants will be reviewed April 28 - 29, 2020.

APS Applicants may request up to $5,000 or up to 50% of allowable project expenses, whichever is less.

All Applicants must match IAC funds on a dollar-for-dollar basis; match may be a combination of cash and in-kind (value of necessary donated goods and services); and at least 50% of the local match must be cash. The total project budget must be at least twice the amount requested.

Draft reviews by Regional Arts Partners are available to first time applicants and organizations who are not currently receiving funds from the IAC for general feedback and suggestions around application completeness and clarity. A review may be requested by emailing the Regional Arts Partner at any time the applicant feels their application is complete. Review will be done in the order requests are received, and the deadline to request a draft review is February 21, 2020.

Things to Consider Before Applying:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Indiana Arts Commission
100 N. Senate Ave., N505
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Stephanie Haines
Community Development Manager, Arts Education and Accessibility Manager
(317) 232-1274

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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