Capacity Building Grant Program

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The Capacity Building Grant Program (CBGP) is closed until further notice. Current grantees can access guidelines and information on the Guidelines & Reporting page.

For CY2014-2015 (January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2015), CBGP will provide information, skills, resources and expertise to individuals, organizations and communities throughout Indiana. CBGP support helps build stronger leaders, mangers, and organizations through educational programming in a city, county, region, multi-region or statewide. CBGP is for organizations that provide capacity building to constituents. It is not for organizations looking to receive capacity building for their own organization. 


Applicant requirements and restrictions:

  • Must be a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt agency, 501(c)(3) status proof from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) OR an Indiana public entity (part of city, county, or state government);
    • Nonprofit corporations that are based in another state must be registered in Indiana as a Foreign Corporation, have an Indiana address, & provide all IAC‐funded arts activities in Indiana.
  • Must be incorporated in the State of Indiana at the time of application; and
  • Must not have any outstanding Final Grant Reports due to the Indiana Arts Commission.

Maximum Grant Request

Grant Amount: 

  • Up to $5,000 per year; up to $10,000 per grant period. 

Match Requirement:

  • There is no match requirement

Review Process

The following criteria will be used in assessment of each application:

  1. Educational Value (50 Points)
    • CBGP topics and subtopics naturally correlate to at least one of the four 2011 IAC strategic priority areas;
    • Applicant provides satisfactory credentials for presenters and/or instructors that will facilitate its proposed program; &
    • Applicant provides educational value to its community and while strengthening its own mission.
  2. Community Participation and Accessibility (25 Points)
    • Applicant defines specific and measurable target audience/community;
    • The proposed activities will contribute to the long-term growth of the arts in the target community
    • Applicant understands and is responsive to the diverse needs and interests of its community, both those the applicant directly serves and the community at-large; &
    • Proposed activities will strengthen the relationship between the community and the applicant.
  3. Planning and Evaluation (25 Points)
    • Applicant employs planning and assessment strategies to establish goals for the activities; &
    • Applicant details appropriate methods of documenting and evaluating its CBGP activities in light of these goals.Panel Information

Panel meetings are open to the public and applicants are encouraged to attend, but cannot lobby panelists on behalf of their applications. Please read the Panel Audience Information before attending a panel. 

  • Click here for the panel date, location and time information.
  • Audio will be posted here following the panel meeting. 

How to Apply

  1. Open your Internet browser and navigate to
  2. Click “Access Online Applications & Reports”
  3. Click the link to access the IAC’s online grant system.
  4. If this is the first time for an application to the IAC, an online profile will need to be completed. If not, then you will enter in your username and password and proceed to the application.
  5. After you login, select the "Current Programs & Applications" button on the left navigation and scroll down to the appropriate link.


All reporting will be submitted in the IAC's Online Grant System unless otherwise noted in the guidelines.


Year One Final Report/Second Year Update:  January 19, 2015 by 4:30 p.m. EST
Year Two Final Report: January 18, 2016 by 4:30 p.m. EST

Contact Information

Application Content and Program Questions:                                                    

Online Grants and Payment Information:

  • 317-232-1278