Individual Advancement Program (IAP)

photo courtesy of FY15 IAP grant recipient Knapp Brickell

This grant program was formerly known as the Individual Artist Program. Fiscal Year 2018 Individual Artist Program grant recipients can find information on that program here. 

Program Description
FY19 Grant Program Guidelines
New for Fiscal Year 2019
Program Timeline
Panel Review
Contact Information

Program Description

The Individual Advancement Program (IAP) provides support to artists in all disciplines for career development projects. Applicants may request a maximum of $2,000. Grantees must plan a project, or phase of a project, which can be realized within the requested budget and completed within the proposed timeline. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and a legal resident of Indiana.

It is important to note that the IAP funds different disciplines each cycle, and applications are only accepted in the disciplines following the schedule below. 

Folk arts and access applications will be paneled with the corresponding discipline in the corresponding year.

Download Program Guidelines

Odd Fiscal Years (Applications for these disciplines will open in December 2017)

  • Crafts
  • Design
  • Media Arts
  • Photography
  • Visual

Even Fiscal Years (Applications for these disciplines will open in December 2018)

  • Dance
  • Literary Arts
  • Music
  • Theatre

New for Fiscal Year 2019

New Name: The Individual Artist Program is now called the Individual Advancement Program.

Applicant Eligibility: IAP grantees in the current cycle (FY18) or the previous cycle (FY17) may not apply for FY19.

Early Career Applicants: Artists who have been pursuing their career for less than five years excluding formal educational or apprenticeship training in their discipline (e.g. four-year degree granting program) can select into the Early Career category. Applicants that select into this category will be asked to complete an additional question about their experience. These applications will be paneled separately and compete for the same funding.

Review Criteria: Impact on Artist’s Career Development is now worth 30 points out of 100 (previously 40 points out of 100) and Public Benefit and Community Engagement is now worth 20 points out of 100 (previously 10 points out of 100).

Program Timeline

Grant Information Webinar View Recording
Grant Period July 1, 2018–June 30, 2019
Deadline to Apply February 15, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. eastern time
Application Review Panel Meetings April 2018
Awards Announcement Late June 2018
Final Grant Report Due July 2, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. eastern time

Panel Review

All eligible applications will be reviewed by a panel of peers in a public meeting. Applicants will be notified when their application is scheduled to be reviewed. This meeting will be recorded and made available online (quality is not guaranteed).


Contact Information

Anna Tragesser
Artist and Community Services Manager