Submit Applications for Arts Organization Support- Indiana

Arts Organization Support grants provide annual operating support for the ongoing artistic and administrative functions of eligible arts organizations during the grant period in alignment with the Indiana Arts Commission’s Public Funding Imperatives.

Donor Name: Indiana Arts Commission

State: Indiana

County: All Counties

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 03/09/2022

Grant Duration: 7 months


The applicant does not request a grant amount. The grant amount is based on the average of the applicant’s last three years of total cash income, panel ratings, number of eligible applicants, and the dollars available.

Grant Program Objectives

To support arts organizations that:

  • align with the IAC’s public Funding Imperatives
  • provide quality arts and cultural activities to the public, with special attention to underserved communities.
  • Underserved communities are defined as people lacking access to arts programs, services, or resources due to isolated geographic location, low income, age, race/ethnicity, cultural differences, disability, or other circumstances.

Grant Period

Grant Period July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023.

Allowable Expenses 

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

  • Personnel
    • Salaries and fees
    • Contractors
    • Artist contracts, honorarium, stipends
    • Staff or contractor training
  • Operations
    • Rent or mortgage payments
    • Utilities
    • Space rental
    • Promotion and marketing
    • Printing
    • Security
    • Insurance
    • Building Maintenance
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
    • Cleaning services
    • Information Technology (e.g. software, captioning, streaming – including increased bandwidth, hardware, specialized audio-visual equipment, etc.)
    • Fee subsidies for presenting services

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • Be an organization whose primary purpose is arts producing, promoting, presenting service or teaching organization as demonstrated by:
    • Significant evidence that it is viewed as an arts organization by its community;
    • Arts as core purpose, mission, and focus. The organization’s Articles of Incorporation and/or Bylaws must reflect this core purpose;
    • The majority of public programs are arts programs and occur with regular, scheduled frequency throughout the year;
    • Facility space (indoor and/or outdoor) is utilized predominantly as arts production or arts activity space (as applicable);
    • A proportionate amount of operating budget is allocated to direct arts programs and services;
    • Provide significant, verifiable arts education-focused programming.
  • Be an active private, nonprofit tax-exempt agency with either 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) OR be an Indiana public entity (part of city or county);
  • Organizations whose primary purpose is educational or instructional e.g., schools, universities, colleges, etc. are ineligible. (New) This includes entities/branches operating under the same 501c3. These entities are eligible to apply to Arts Project Support;
  • Any organization whose sole or primary purpose is to fundraise (e.g., “friends of” groups, foundations, etc.) is ineligible
  • Entities that receive state-level operating support or non-project support directly from the Indiana General Assembly are ineligible. This includes any line items/support or contributions from the state within the organization’s operating, facility, or other budgets or the organization being part of a larger state.
  • 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;
  • Before applying to the Arts Organization Support grant program for the first time, an organization:
    • must have at least three consecutive years (by March 9, 2022) of 501c3 operating history as an Indiana-based arts organization; and,
    • be formally approved to apply
  • Must have a governing body that is representative of the organization’s service area;
  • Must annually implement program planning and evaluation processes with input from the community to be served;
  • Must have an annual cash operating income of $50,000 or more as supported by the most recently completed, board-approved, year profit and loss statement.
  • All grant recipients must provide a match for every dollar provided by the Indiana Arts Commission with one dollar of the organization’s own funds. The match can include in-kind, but at least 50% of the match must be cash. The cash match can constitute funds from the applicant organization’s budget;
  • (New) If awarded funding, organizations will be required to obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) prior to payment. Since 2010, this has been a Dun & Bradstreet number, or DUNS. In April 2022 the Federal government will switch to the use of a UEI created in to be the official UEI.
  • Must not have any overdue and/or unresolved Final Grant Reports with the Indiana Arts Commission or the Regional Arts Partner;
  • 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,
  • An organization may apply for only one Regional Initiative Grant (APS, AOS) in the same fiscal year. This includes an organization’s “friends of” or “foundation” arm.

For more information, visit Arts Organization Support.