Arts Organization Support III

Program Description
Program Timeline
Application Review Process
Contact Information

Program Description

The AOSIII/Multi-Regional program will provide annual operating support for the ongoing artistic and administrative functions of eligible arts organizations that provide quality arts on a statewide or multi-regional basis, with special attention to underserved communities.

Program Timeline

All reporting will be submitted in the IAC's Online Grant System.

Fiscal Years 18/19 Guidelines
Grant Period July 1, 2017–June 30, 2019
Letter of Intent (required) Deadline January 18, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
Eligibility Notifications Sent to Applicants by January 27, 2017
Application Deadline March 14, 2017, 4:30 p.m.
Final Grant Report – Year 1 / Second Year Update Due July 28, 2018, 4:30 p.m.
Final Grant Report – Year 2 July 29, 2019, 4:30 p.m.
All times eastern


Some eligibility requirements have changed.  For the full list of eligibility and reporting requirements, please consult the program guidelines.

The following is an abbreviated list of eligibility requirements for the AOS III program:

1. Be an arts producing, promoting, presenting service or teaching organization as demonstrated by:

a. Significant evidence that it is viewed as an arts organization by its community;
b. Arts as core purpose, mission, and focus. The organization’s Articles of Incorporation and/or Bylaws must reflect this core purpose;
c. The majority of public programs are arts programs and occur with regular, scheduled frequency throughout the year; demonstration of positive impact;
d. Facility space (indoor and/or outdoor) is utilized predominantly as arts production or arts activity space (as applicable);
e. A proportionate amount of operating budget is allocated to direct arts programs and services;
f. Provide significant, verifiable arts education-focused programming.

2. Private, nonprofit, tax-exempt agency, 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) OR an Indiana public entity (part of city or county).

3. Must document significant community and muti-regional (region as defined by the IAC) footprint as evidenced by direct programming, services and planning;

4. Must have a minimum of five years of tax exempt operational history

NOTE: Only one application is allowed per year, per organization or 501(c)(3) for a grant in any of the following IAC grant categories: Arts Project Support and mini-grants, Arts Operating Support I, Arts Operating Support II, Arts Operating Support III, Statewide Arts Service Organizations, Regional Arts Partnership Regional Block Grant, and Regional Arts Partnership Operating Support. If special funding opportunities arise, some deviation from this rule may be permitted on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the IAC and the funding source. Public entities, chapters/affiliates, and fiscal agent relationship will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Review Process and Criteria

After receipt of completed application, IAC staff will review your materials to ensure that all required information was submitted. If any discrepancies are found (such as incomplete answers or uploads), your 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 occurred on April 27, 2017 at 10:00am, and was open to the public for observation. Applications will be scored on a 100-point scale. The scores will be included as part of a funding formula to assist with the allocation of grant awards. Organizations that have a total score over 85 will be eligible for funding. Information submitted in the application will be reviewed according to the following evaluation criteria (maximum of 25 points each), and using this rating sheet.  

  • Community Engagement 
  • Organizational Excellence
  • Arts Education
  • Artistic Quality

Panel Audio

Contact Information

Program information
Stephanie Haines
Arts Education and Accessibility Manager
(317) 232-1274

Online system, contract, and payment information
Adrian Starnes
Grant, Research and Information Technology Manager
(317) 232-1278