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Individual Advancement Program (IAP)

Grants to Indiana Artists for Projects
that Promote Professional Growth

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Indiana Arts Commission (IAC)

Deadline Date:

02/06/20 4:30 PM EST


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Grants of up to $2,000 to Indiana artists for projects that develop and advance art careers. Projects should be for the benefit of the public. Grant funds may be used for equipment, supplies, marketing and promotion, facilities rental, travel, personnel, and training and workshops. Eligible projects are in the art disciplines of design, crafts, photography, media arts, visual, and folk arts. Funding is intended to support projects that positively impact the career of an artist at any phase and that directly benefit the public in Indiana and/or engage an Indiana community.

Project proposals should focus on activities that support and enhance individual artistic growth and should define clearly the relationship of the proposal to career development.

Because the Individual Advancement Program is so popular, only certain disciplines will be accepted each year. This cycle, applications will be accepted in the area of visual arts (crafts, design, media arts, photography) applications.

For examples of past proposals, see:

Public Benefit and Community Engagement

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. For more examples of what public benefit and engagement looks like, see:

Optional Categories

Applicants may opt to self-select into the following categoeies:

  • Early Career: 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).  
  • Access: 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. 

Acceptable Project Expenses

Project expenses may 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. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153602

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Minimum Request: $500
- Maximum Request: $2,000

Term of Contract:

Funding is for projects that occur between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
- 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 6, 2020
- Cannot be an IAP recipient for the current year (FY20)
- Cannot have received an IAP award in the previous year (FY19)
- Cannot apply as part of a collaboration for which another artist is also applying in the same fiscal year, and
- Cannot apply for an IAP grant to support a funded 2020 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.

Unacceptable Project Expenses:
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:

Application Deadline: February 6, 2020, 4:30 PM ET

- Grant Period: July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021
- Grant Information Webinar: October 30, 2019, 6 p.m. eastern time (Webinar be accessed at
- Deadline to Request Optional IAC Staff Review: January 23, 2020, 4:30 p.m. eastern time
- Application Deadline: February 6, 2020, 4:30 p.m. eastern time
- Public Review Panels: Week of April 13, 2020
- Award Notification: Late June 2020
- First Payment (75%): August-October 2020
- Final Grant Report Due: July 8, 2021, 4:30 p.m. eastern time
- Second Payment (25%): Up to 60 days after final grant report is approved

- For Payment Schedule, see:
- For Requirements, see:
- Preview the application at:
- For Defining Community Engagement video:

Contact Information:

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


Individual Advancement Program manager, Anna Tragesser:
Phone: (317) 232-1281.

If you have questions regarding any areas of the content within the application, please contact the Program Manager at or 317-232-1281.

If you experience technical issues with the online system, please contact the Grants Manager at 317-232-1278.

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