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Regional Initiative Grants (RIG) - Arts Project Support (APS)

Grants to Wabash Valley, Indiana Nonprofits,
Schools, and Agencies for Specific Arts Initiatives

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Foundation / Corporation

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Arts Illiana and Arts Council of the Wabash County

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Deadline Date:

03/05/19 4:30 PM EST


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Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to Wabash Valley, Indiana nonprofit organizations, government agencies schools, and IHEs to support specific arts activities. Funding may be requested for a distinct portion or an organization’s overall arts activities, such as an exhibition, a single production, a one-time event, or an educational seminar. Funding may also be requested for a series of related arts activities, such as art classes or training sessions.

The mission of Arts Illiana is to promote, support, and enhance the arts and cultural activities of the Wabash Valley. Arts Illiana's primary service area includes the Indiana counties of Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo. Interest is also given to the Illinois counties of Clark and Edgar.

Eligible Program Expenses:
-Administrative fees;
-Artistic fees;
-Staff development and training;
-Space and equipment rental;
-Promotional costs; and
-Production costs, supplies, etc. needed to support the project activities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167362

Estimated Size of Grant:

APS applicants may request up to $5,000 or up to 50% of allowable project expenses, whichever is less.

Applicants may request no less than $500.

This Region’s average grant in this category for FY2019 was $4,230.

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Arts Project Support (APS) grants provide funding to Indiana arts and non-arts organizations.

Non-arts organizations do not have the arts as their primary mission. They include pre-K, elementary, secondary, schools, and, in some cases colleges and universities; senior centers; parks and recreation departments; civic and community service organizations; professional associations; public libraries; public broadcast stations; health and human service agencies; and other public agencies and private nonprofit tax-exempt community based organizations.

All applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements at the time of application:

1. Must be a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt agency, 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) OR an Indiana public entity (part of city, county, or state government);

2. 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;

3. An eligible tax-exempt organization may act as a fiscal sponsor/agent for an organization that has not secured their federal tax-exempt status. Please contact your Regional Arts Partner representative (the contact in these guidelines) if you will be using or acting as a fiscal agent for an application.

4. Must be incorporated in the State of Indiana;

5. Must not have any outstanding Final Grant Reports due to the Indiana Arts Commission or the Regional Arts Partner; and

6. Must have a governing body that is representative of the organization’s service area.

7. 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 input during planning and implementation. Those activities that are credit-producing or oriented primarily to university students and the academic community are not eligible. A division end-of-the year financial statement must be submitted with the application (not an entire university financial statement).

8. An organization may apply for only one Regional Initiative Grant (APS, AOSI, or AOSII) in the same fiscal year.

Ineligible Program Expenses
-Cash reserves; deficit reduction, or de cit elimination;
-Events in private dwellings or other locations not open to the general public;
-Consumable supplies and materials not directly related to the project;
-Capital acquisitions (purchase of artwork, etc.); capital expenditures; equipment, restoration, or new construction of buildings;
-Travel outside the United States;
-Indirect costs or underwriting for ongoing residencies or curricular programs in degree-granting colleges and universities;
-Projects to be delivered outside the state of Indiana;
-Project expenses outside the grant period;
-Activities that are solely for the purpose of fundraising;
-Private functions, religious services, lobbying activities, or any non-public activity; and
-Cost of receptions, food or beverages.

Pre-proposal Conference:

FY20 Grant Workshops (All will be held at Arts Illiana, 23 North 6th Street, Terre Haute)

General Grant Information Workshop: Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
- General Grant Information for both Arts Operating Support and Arts Project Support
This workshop should be helpful for new applicants and/or new grant writers. Returning applicants are welcome!

What's New Overview for Arts Project Support: Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 4:00 pm
- This workshop should be helpful to new APS applicants and/or returning APS applicants who would like more information or help with changes to the applications.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is March 5, 2019 4:30 PM (EST). After receipt of completed application, the Regional Arts Partner will review materials to ensure that all required information was submitted, and the application is eligible for review. If any discrepancies are found (such as incomplete answers or uploads), the application may be ineligible for review.

Each eligible application will be reviewed and scored by a conflict-free panel of professional peers. The panel review will take place in the spring of 2019 and will be open to applicants and the public for observation and may be recorded (although audio quality is not guaranteed.) Applicants are invited as observers only and cannot lobby or address the panel on behalf of their applications before, during or after the panel meeting. The panel location and date will be posted on the RAP website and/or IAC website.

-Grant Period: July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020
-Application Due: March 5, 2019, 4:30 PM eastern time
-Grant Review Panel: Spring 2019
-Award Notification: Early July 2019
-First Payment (75%): September – October 2019
-Final Grant Report Due: July 13, 2020, 4:30 PM eastern time
-Second Payment (25%): September – October 2020

All applicants must match IAC funds on a dollar-for-dollar basis; match may be a combination of cash and in-kind (value of necessary donated goods and services); and at least 50% of the local match must be cash. The total project budget must be at least twice the amount requested.

More information about Arts Illiana may be found here:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Sherri Wright, Regional Services Coordinator

Arts Illiana
23 North Sixth Street
Terre Haute, IN 47807

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo Counties