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Step 4: Cultural District Application

An Indiana Cultural District is a well-recognized, labeled, mixed-use area with a unique, authentic arts and cultural identity. The IAC provides project funding for designated Indiana Cultural Districts, facilitates statewide collaboration through the Indiana Cultural District Consortium, and provides other capacity building opportunities for cultural district leadership.

This program typically accepts letters of intent in February of even-numbered years.

To apply, the applicant must

  • Be the municipal government in which the proposed cultural district is located
  • Submit a letter of intent through the IAC’s online system
  • Be recognized as a Spotlight Community


Letter of Intent (LOI) due Thursday, March 5, 2020, 4:30 p.m. eastern time
Support Team site visit or phone call April 27-May 1, 2020 (2 hour meeting)
LOI approval and Spotlight Community Recognition Late June 2020
Indiana Cultural District application due September 3, 2020
Indiana Cultural District public panel meeting Late October 2020
Indiana Cultural District Designation announcement Mid December 2020 (by email)
Indiana Cultural District 2022 Annual Report due February 2022 (TBA)

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