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Grants to Indiana Organizations and
Artists for Community Arts Projects

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Bloomington Arts Commission (BAC)

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04/03/20 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $2,000 to Indiana arts organizations and individual artists in eligible regions for arts programs that benefit the local community. Funding is intended to support projects that encourage art appreciation by local residents, display ongoing innovation and creativity, and promote economic vitality. Activities must take place within Bloomington city limits and be open to the public or occur in-school.

The City of Bloomington recognizes that the arts are an important part of the culture and economy of the community, and that the City has a responsibility to foster an environment conducive to the community’s participation in the arts. The Bloomington Arts Commission, as part of its mission to foster an environment that promotes the arts, offers funding to support local art projects. 

Grants are available to nonprofit organizations or individual artists participating in arts activities that align with current areas of focus of the Arts Commission: 

  • To cultivate a community in which residents appreciate the value of personal and collective artistic activity; 
  • To encourage collaboration in and diversification of artistic activities that are equitable and inclusive; 
  • To foster ongoing creativity and innovation; 
  • To enhance and support a high level of artistry; and 
  • To support the economic vitality and interests of local artists and arts organizations.

For information about grant evaluation criteria, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 127897

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants can apply for up to $2,000 in project support. (Note that most projects will not receive full funding.)

Term of Contract:

Projects can begin no earlier than July 1, 2020 and must conclude by June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Individual artists and organizations are eligible to apply. Organizations are not required to be a non-profit.

The program does not fund:
- 100% of total project costs; applicants are required to provide matching funds through other sources.
- Activities and performances planned primarily for fundraising purposes.
- Food, beverages, or other refreshments.
- Capital expenditures.
- Training expenses.
- Indirect costs.
- Projects longer than one year in duration.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Grants Info Session will be held on Thursday, February 6, 2020, from 6-7:30 PM

A BAC Workshop will be held on March 11, 2020, from 4-5 PM.

Office hours with individual BAC Commissioners - dates/times vary. To schedule, email Sean Starowitz (first come first served basis).

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for Submissions is 5:00 PM on Friday, April 3, 2020.

The BAC requires a minimum of a 1:1 match and encourages applicants to raise funds from the private sector (individuals, businesses, and foundations). E.g. 1:1 match for a $2,000 project includes $1,000 request and $1,000 in cash or in-kind (excluding labor) match support.

Contact Information:

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

To apply online:

For more information, please contact:
Sean Starowitz, Assistant Director of Economic and Sustainable Development for the Arts

Bloomington Arts Commission
401 N Morton St
Bloomington IN 47404
(812) 349-3400

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