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Indiana Arts Commission’s Arts Organization Support Grants Program


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.

Donor Name: Indiana Arts Commission

State: Indiana

County: All Counties

Type of Grant: Grant

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

Size of the Grant: $5,000


This grant program’s objective is to provide:

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

Funding Information

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

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)

Applicant Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

  • 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.
  • Must be incorporated in the State of Indiana at the time of application and for the duration of the grant period;
  • 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;
  • 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 SAM.gov 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;
  • 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;
    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;
    An organization may only apply for one of the following grant programs in the same fiscal year: APS, AOS l, AOS Il, or AOSIII;
  • APS funding may not be used for projects already supported by the Indiana Arts Commission (for example, more than one organization receiving APS funding for the same project is not allowable).

For more information, visit Arts Project Support (APS) Grants.

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