Find Funding for Your Creative Career
Making a living as an artist has garnered some rough connotations: “it’s hard,” “you live paycheck to paycheck,” and so on. This can be true – for artists and non-artists alike. But we know based on our research that creatives and their artistic businesses thrive in Indiana. All you need is to know where you’re going and how much gas you need to get there (metaphorically). We can help with that! Below you’ll find tips and resources for successfully funding your business, and your life, right here in Indiana.
How can I fund my project?
Lucky us, there’s more than one answer to this! Each resource has its pros and cons, so be discerning with your efforts. If you can’t outline exactly what you need (Space? Equipment? Expertise? Cash?), back up and do some goal planning.
We keep learning new ways to resource a project. Consider using any combination of these:
- Break up your project into manageable phases. How do you eat an elephant?
- Get a fiscal sponsor to unlock grants to 501c3 organizations.
- Look into microloans.
- Contact a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI).
- Find a matched savings program.
- Try crowdfunding.
- Set up a susu.
- Barter your goods or skills for goods or skills you need!
- Apply for a grant.
If you decide to apply for a grant, you need to be able to answer these questions:
- How do I know if it’s the right time for a grant? Don’t let the dog walk you.
- How do I find grants? Looking for grants, skipping rocks, and other not-exact sciences.
- How do I know what to apply for? Kick the tires.
Grants for artists in Indiana:
- Individual Advancement Program
- On-Ramp Creative Entrepreneur Accelerator
- Arts in the Parks and Historic Sites
- Traditional Arts Indiana
- Check with your Regional Arts Partner for more local resources.
Listings are not endorsements and do not necessarily represent the views of the Indiana Arts Commission or State of Indiana.
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Artist and Community Services Manager