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Grants to Bloomington, Indiana Arts
Nonprofits to Provide Operating Support

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Bloomington Arts Commission (BAC)

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Deadline Date:

04/05/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Bloomington, Indiana nonprofit arts organizations to provide operating support. Grants are available to organizations participating in arts activities that align with the Funding Source's focus areas: to encourage diversification of and collaboration in artistic activities that are inclusive and equitable; to foster ongoing innovation and creativity; to enhance and support a high level of artistry; to cultivate a community in which residents appreciate the value of personal and collective artistic activity; and to support the economic vitality and interests of local artists and arts organizations.

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 arts participation. The conservation and development of the city’s artistic resources are essential to its social, educational, and economic growth. Artists, works of art, and artistic institutions contribute to the quality of life and the general welfare of the citizens of Bloomington and are an appropriate matter of concern to the government of the city. The Bloomington Arts Commission was established by the Bloomington Common Council to enhance this important sector of the society.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185212

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount an organization can apply for is $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Operating support is for FY20, and begins no earlier than July 1, 2019 and concludes by May 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Nonprofit arts organizations based in Bloomington with 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS.
- Arts as the primary mission.
- An operating history of at least 3 full years prior to the application deadline.
- Majority of activity takes place in Bloomington, Indiana.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grants Seminars:
- February 20th from 5:30-7pm at Lotus Education Arts Foundation (105 S Rogers St, Bloomington, IN 47404).
- BAC Workshop: March 13th from 4-5pm at City Hall in the McCloskey Room.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: Friday, April 5, 2019 at 5 pm.

Applications are submitted via an electronic online form.

Eligible organizations can apply for up to 5% of total operating budget (including in-kind operating expenses) for the most recently completed fiscal year.

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.

Apply online:

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

Sean Starowitz
Assistant Director of Economic and Sustainable Development for the Arts

The Bloomington Arts Commission
401 N Morton St
Bloomington IN 47404

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Bloomington