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Quick Impact Placebased (QuIP) Grant

This grant is designed to fund the type of space enhancement and community transformation that sparks community wide conversation and creativity. It is OCRA's belief that these types of social and built environments should occur at the local level and be community driven. It is the people, places and spaces that make Indiana a great place to live. Placemaking involves a working partnership with local governments, residents, community groups, and organizations as well as business and community agencies. OCRA encourages these projects to be community unique and locally inspired.

A new addition to the program includes an educational component, in which the applicant utilizes youth involvement in the intended project. Youth organizations who wish to fulfill learning requirements are encouraged to partner with an eligible applicant and will receive bonus points. Applicants are encouraged to contact their respective community liaison to discuss project eligibility and competitiveness.

The application period is closed for 2019. Check back to look for our 2020 calendar to see when applications will be accepted next year. 

Eligible applicants include:

  • Community groups or organizations
  • Local units of government
  • Schools (all schools including elementary through high school, college, university, trade and vocational)
  • Each applicant must have the legal right or allowance to alter, change, add to any structure or place in the project scope − documentation of ownership or approval of stated activity must be submitted with application-copy of successful bidder registration should be included with the attachments at the end of the application.
  • Each applicant must be able to serve as a fiscal agent and register with the State as a bidder.  The bidder process necessitates a bank account in the name of the lead applicant or organization.

Please note: grantees awarded a QuIP in 2017 or 2018, you are not eligible to apply in 2019.

The most competitive applications will likely demonstrate strong partnership. We strongly encourage youth (students of all ages and recent graduate or graduate age individuals) in the project design and implementation.

Eligible projects examples: (This should not serve as an inclusive list - please be unique)

  • Alley activation/ art alley
  • Creative project to showcase community identity
  • Enhancement of existing or underutilized public assets into a new or usable space
  • Interactive life-size games or game sheds for public use
  • Pop-up public gathering spots
  • Transforming vacant store fronts
  • Project-based learning
  • Decoration or transformation of vacant store fronts
  • Shipping container repurpose

The list eligible projects could be endless! These dollars should be used to create a small change that spurs conversation and community engagement. The space should in some way be transformed for the better.  Existing and underutilized assets should include a new or additional use. Art can be an overall component of your community transformation and used as an agent of change. Applicants are encouraged to contact their respective community liaison to discuss project eligibility and competitiveness.

Ineligible projects include:

  • Administration fees, including grant writing or administration
  • Demolition
  • Events
  • Food, drink or alcohol
  • Gaming and/or gambling activities
  • Illegal or unsanctioned activities
  • One-time use activities or products
  • Plants, greenery, shrubs or anything of that nature
  • Expansion of previous QuIP awarded projects
  • Public restrooms
  • Salaries
  • Small funding portion of a much larger project - grant amount cannot be less than 10% of total project cost (Ex: request for $5,000 of a $75,000 project would be ineligible)
  • Spaces that are not open to the public
  • Taxes


Grant requests between must be within $2,500 and $5,000 and a local match of 1 to 0.5 is required. For each QuIP dollar requested, the match must be one half dollar. Of that, the match can be either cash, in-kind contributions, or a combination of both.

Learn more about the program 


Application period is now closed. 

2019 forms included in application:

If your QUIP will be located in a historical district, be sure to complete these:

Any questions related to the forms above should be directed to (317) 232-1646 or dhpa@dnr.in.gov

Please review the 2019 timeline on our calendar. Questions should be directed to your OCRA Community Liaison.

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