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Individual Advancement Program (IAP)

Grants to Indiana Artists for Career Development in Dance,
Music, Theater, Performing Folk Arts, and Literary Arts

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Indiana Arts Commission (IAC)

Deadline Date:

02/07/19 4:30 PM EST


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Grants of up to $2,000 to Indiana individual artists for career development projects that benefit or engage the public. Applicants for the current grant cycle may apply for funding for projects related to the disciplines of dance, music, theater, literary arts, and performing folk arts.

Project proposals are required to include a public benefit component that takes place in Indiana. For this program, the IAC defines public benefit as an activity in which an artist actively seeks to dialogue, engage and/or involve the public with the goal of bringing about mutual understanding and appreciation between the artist and Hoosiers.

Allowable project expenses include supplies, rental/purchase of equipment, facility rental, marketing/publicity/promotion, travel/transport within the United States, personnel, and workshops/training that further career development. Contact the IAP program manager with any questions concerning acceptable project expenses.

Examples of past proposals have included:
- Promotion/Presentation: the cost of producing a portfolio for a graphic artist, editing assistance for a photographer, mounting an exhibition for a visual artist, etc.
- Travel: to specific workshops, residencies, retreats or seminars in the United States; or to do research intrinsic to his/her art form.
- Services: rental of equipment or facilities for presentation or creation of a new work.
- Supplies: purchase of supplies, materials or equipment necessary for the completion or production of new work which is considered by the artist to be essential to their career.
- Training: advanced workshops, master classes or coaching that will enhance the artist’s abilities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153602

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $2,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements and Restrictions
-Applicant must be 18 years or older;
-Must currently reside in Indiana and for one year immediately preceding the date of application;
-Must be and remain an Indiana resident during the grant period;
-Must not be enrolled in any degree-granting program (undergraduate, graduate or doctorate) as of February 7, 2019;
- Cannot be an IAP recipient for the current year (FY19);
- Cannot have received an IAP award in the previous year (FY18);
-Cannot apply as part of a collaboration for which another artist is also applying in the same fiscal year.
- Cannot apply for an IAP grant to support a funded 2019 Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites grant project. Current Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites grantees may apply for an IAP grant with a different project.

Optional Categories
Applicants may opt to self-select into the following categories:
- Early Career and/or
- Access

These categories have been added to assure a more equitable distribution of these funding available through this highly competitive program. Applicants in each of these categories will be paneled together. All applicants, however, will be competing for the same funding source. Applicants who select into both the access and early career categories will be evaluated in the access panel.

Early Career Applicants (new!)
Early Career artists are defined as those that have been pursuing their artistic career for five years or less excluding formal educational or apprenticeship training in their discipline (e.g. four year degree program). Applicants that select into this category will be asked to complete an additional question regarding their past experience.

Access Applicants
The Americans with Disabilities Act defines a person with a disability as one who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, is regarded as having such an impairment or has a record of such impairment.

Project expenses may NOT be used for consumable supplies and materials not related to the project; travel outside the United States, grant writing fees, and activities that are solely for the purpose of fundraising, religious services, or lobbying activities.

Pre-Application Information:

Program Timeline:
- Deadline to request IAC staff to review: January 24, 2019, 4:30 PM Eastern Time
- Deadline to Apply: February 7, 2019 at 4:30 PM Eastern time
- Application Review Panels: April 15-19, 2019
- Awards Announcement: Late June 2019
- Grant Period: July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020
- Final Grant Report Due: July 2, 2020 at 4:30 PM Eastern time

Draft Application Reviews:
Draft reviews by IAC staff are available to first time applicants for general feedback and suggestions. A review may be requested by emailing the program manager at any time the applicant feels their application is complete. Reviews will be done in the order requests are received, and the deadline is Thursday, January 24, 2019, 4:30 PM ET.

Previous applicants are welcome to ask questions related to their proposal by contacting the Program Manager.

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

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For draft application reviews and questions, contact the Individual Advancement Program Manager:
Anna Tragesser

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana