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Arts Project Support (APS)

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

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Funding Source:

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Indiana Arts Commission (IAC)

Deadline Date:

03/04/21 4:30 PM EST


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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 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and public entities for a specific arts project or arts activity(ies). Some examples of eligible projects include a one-time art event, a single performance, an exhibition, an educational workshop, or 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’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.

“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 as substantiated by the applicant.

"Public access" means the project must result in a product or activity available to the public. "Available" means activities must be accessible to persons with special needs and open to the audience, participants, or public, either free or by reasonable admission or service charge.

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:

APS applicants may request up to $5,000 to support their arts project.

Term of Contract:

Grant Period: July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Arts organizations, non-arts organizations, and public entities are all eligible to apply for this grant. The IAC defines non-arts organizations as 501(c)3 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 501(c)3 nonprofits whose mission and primary work are arts related.

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.

Ineligible Project Expenses:

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline March 4, 2021 4:30 p.m. EST

- Grant Period July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022
- Applications Open January 4, 2021
- Deadline to request draft application review February 22, 2021
- Application Due March 4, 2021, 4:30 p.m. eastern time
- Panel Review Last two weeks of April. Panel information will be available starting April 1.
- Award Notification Early July 2021
- First Payment (75%) September - October 2021
- Final Grant Report Due July 13, 2022, 4:30 p.m. eastern time
- Second Payment (25%) July - August 2022

Match Requirement: There is no match requirement for Arts Project Support in Fiscal Year 2022.

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 22, 2021.

Applicant resources:

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

For technical concerns with the online system, contact Deanna Poelsma at or call 317-232-1278.

Questions about the program itself, application, and panel process should be directed to the applicant’s Regional Arts Partner

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