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Arts Project Support

Arts Project Support (APS) grants provide funding to Indiana 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and public entities for a specific arts project or arts activity(ies). Some examples of eligible projects include a one-time art event, a single performance, an exhibition, an educational workshop, or series of related arts activities such as art classes or training sessions that are open to the public whether free or for a fee. APS is administered by the Regional Arts Partners (RAP) across the state. This grant program is created with a focus on the Indiana Arts Commission’s Funding Imperatives.

APS applicants may request up to $5,000 to support their arts project. Grant funds must only be used for eligible expenses only.

This grant program’s objective is to provide:

  1. The general public access to quality arts activities, with special attention to underserved communities; and,
  2. Support for local or Indiana artists who are a vital part of Indiana’s economy and community life.

Match Requirement: There is no match requirement for Arts Project Support in Fiscal Year 2022.

All applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, a unit of state or local government, an institution of higher education, or a federally recognized Indian tribal government;
    • A 501(c)(3) organization may act as a fiscal sponsor/agent for an organization that has not secured their federal tax-exempt status. Please contact your Regional Arts Partner representative if you wish to apply using a fiscal sponsor/agent.
  2. Must be incorporated in the State of Indiana at the time of application and for the duration of the grant
  3. Must be physically located in Indiana, have an address in the region to which the organization is applying, with the majority of its arts programming, services, or activities taking place in Indiana, and must primarily serve and engage Indiana audiences and participants;
  4. Must have a DUNS number that reflects organization legal name and current physical address;
  5. Must not have any outstanding Final Grant Reports due to the Indiana Arts Commission or the Regional Arts Partner;
  6. Organizations whose primary purpose is higher education (e.g. universities, colleges, division of a college) are eligible to apply for arts activities that are open to the public and clearly serve the needs of surrounding communities and involve community input during planning and implementation. Activities that are credit-producing or oriented primarily to university students and the academic community are not eligible;
  7. Must comply with all federal, state, and local laws and ordinances, including but not limited to those that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability; and
  8. An organization may only apply for one of the following grant programs in the same fiscal year: APS, AOS l, AOS Il, or AOSIII. Further, an organization cannot apply to other IAC grant programs for the same project.

Eligible Project Expenses
Funds awarded by the IAC may be used to support the following:

  • Salaries;
  • Administrative fees;
  • Artistic fees;
  • Staff development and training;
  • Space and equipment rental;
  • Promotional costs;
  • Production costs, supplies, etc. needed to support the project activities; and
  • Capital equipment expenditure - up to $500 - providing it plays an integral part of the project being proposed (e.g. theatre rigging, exhibition pedestals). (Capital equipment is an asset that depreciates over time).

Ineligible Project Expenses
Funds awarded by the IAC may not be used to support any of the following:

  • Cash reserves; deficit reduction, or deficit elimination;
  • Events in private dwellings or other locations not open to the general public;
  • Consumable supplies and materials not directly related to the project;
  • Capital acquisitions (purchase of artwork, etc.), equipment, restoration, or new construction of buildings;
  • Capital equipment expenditure that exceeds $500;
  • Travel outside the United States;
  • Indirect costs or underwriting for ongoing residencies or curricular programs in degree-granting colleges
    and universities;
  • Projects to be delivered outside the State of Indiana;
  • Project expenses outside the grant period;
  • Activities that are solely for the purpose of fundraising;
  • Resale items purchased to sell (concessions and promotional merchandise);
  • Private functions, religious services, lobbying activities, or any non-public activity; and
  • Costs of entertainment, including amusement and social activities such as receptions, parties, galas, dinners, etc., and any associated costs including catering, alcohol, planning, staffing, supplies, etc. are unallowable.

It's important to know that their are certain requirements and expectations involved with receiving a grant from the IAC. Read the grant recipient requirements for organizations before you consider applying.

The application deadline is March 4, 2021, 4:30 PM (EST).

Are you a current Arts Project Support grant recipient? Click here to download the FY21 guidelines.

Questions about the program itself, application, and panel process should be directed to the applicant’s Regional Arts Partner.

  • Region 1 - Kelly Freeman, South Shore Arts, kelly@southshoreartsonline.org
  • Region 2 - Kayla Myers, Community Foundation of St. Joseph County, kayla@cfsjc.org
  • Region 3 - Heather Closson, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, hclosson@artsunited.org
  • Region 4 - Ann Fields Monical, Tippecanoe Arts Federation, coo@tippecanoearts.org
  • Region 5 - Braydee Euliss, Comm. Found. of Randolph Co., beuliss@randolphcountyfoundation.org-
  • Region 6 - Sherri Wright, Arts Illiana, sherri@artsilliana.org
  • Region 7 - Stephanie Haines, Indiana Arts Commission, shaines@iac.in.gov
  • Region 8 - Larry Pejeau, Brown County Community Foundation, larry@bccfin.org
  • Region 9 - Kris Roberts, Columbus Area Arts Council, kroberts@artsincolumbus.org
  • Region 10 - Anne McKim, Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, anne.mckim@artswin.org
  • Region 12 - Elsa Conboy, Hanover College, conboy@hanover.edu

regional art map

DateTimeRegionLink to watch
Monday, April 19, 20219:00 a.m.Region 6 - Greater Terre HauteClick to watch.
Monday, April 19, 202112:00 p.m.Region 2 - Greater South BendClick to watch.
Monday, April 19, 20212:30 p.m.Region 2 - Greater South BendClick to watch.
Tuesday,  April 20, 20219:00 a.m.Region 12 - Greater New AlbanyClick to watch.
Tuesday,  April 20, 20219:30 a.m.Region 10 - Greater Evansville Click to watch.
Tuesday,  April 20, 20211:00 p.m.Region 12 - Greater New AlbanyClick to watch.
Wednesday, April 21, 20211:00 p.m.Region 8 - Greater BloomingtonClick to watch.
Wednesday, April 21, 20212:00 p.m.Region 4 - Greater LafayetteClick to watch.
Thursday, April 22, 20219:00 a.m.Region 3 - Greater Fort WayneClick to watch.
Thursday, April 22, 20211:00 p.m.Region 3 - Greater Fort WayneClick to watch.
Thursday, April 22, 20211:30 p.m.Region 5 - Greater MuncieClick to watch.
Friday, April 23, 20211:30 p.m.Region 9 - Greater ColumbusClick to watch.
Tuesday, April 27, 20219:30 a.m.Region 1 - Greater GaryClick to watch.
Tuesday, April 27, 202110:00 a.m.Region 7 - Greater IndianapolisClick to watch.
Tuesday, April 27, 20211:30 p.m.Region 1 - Greater GaryClick to watch.
Tuesday, April 27, 20212:00 p.m.Region 7 - Greater IndianapolisClick to watch.
Friday, April 30, 202110:00 a.m.Region 7 - Greater IndianapolisClick to watch.