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Sparking the Arts Fund

Grants to Porter County, Indiana Nonprofits for
Programs and Projects to Support the Arts

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Porter County Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

04/16/18 12:00 PM Noon


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Porter County, Indiana nonprofit organizations for projects and programs to support and enhance the arts in local communities. Funding is intended for projects that create more visibility for the arts, and in turn, enrich the quality of life for local residents.

Priority will be given to requests that support the goals of Sparking the Arts which are to:
- Promote public performances or displays of artworks in Porter County;
- Enhance the capacity of arts organizations and the arts community;
- Promote artistic quality and growth;
- Foster and support local talent of all ages through art organizations; and
- Inspire community pride.

In considering grant applications, the Sparking the Arts Grant Committee considers these factors:

1. Evidence of support for the request from sources other than the Foundation;
2. Evidence that the organization’s Board provides meaningful financial support in addition to their governance responsibilities;
3. The overall financial strength of the organization;
4. Whether or not the same request has been funded previously;
5. The uniqueness of the request;
6. Applications that include a portion of the organization’s operating costs are not favored; and
7. The impact of the request or the overall enhancement of the organization’s capacity to better serve Porter County.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152555

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are awarded by the Porter County Community Foundation to nonprofit organizations that serve Porter County.

The Foundation generally does not fund:
-Annual appeals or membership contributions;
-Programs that are sectarian or religious in nature;
-Political organizations or candidates;
-Contributions to endowment campaigns;
-Campaigns to reduce previously incurred debt;
-Individual artists; or
-Programs already completed and/or equipment already contracted for.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant proposals must be in the Foundation office by no later than 12:00 p.m. (Noon) on April 16, 2018.

Grant applications from organizations headquartered outside of Porter County need to identify that they have a facility or are operating a specific program in Porter County or they need to identify a Porter County partner that will sign as a co-applicant. Organizations that operate on an all volunteer basis are encouraged to meet with the Foundation’s staff before submitting a proposal.

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Contact Information:

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

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Brenda A. Sheetz
(219) 465-0294

Porter County Community Foundation
1401 Calumet Avenue
Valparaiso, IN 46384
(219) 465-0294

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