Arts Project Support (APS), a core grant program of the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), provides funding to 501c3 nonprofits, units of government, and schools to support arts projects.
Donor Name: Indiana Arts Commission
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: $1000 to $10,000
Grant Duration: 1 Year
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.
This grant program has the following objectives: (1) provide public access to quality arts activities, with special attention to underserved communities, and to (2) support Indiana artists who are a vital part of Indiana’s economy and community life.
- “Public Access” means the project must result in a product or activity available to the public. “Available” means activities must be accessible to persons with disabilities and open to the audience, participants, or public, either free or by reasonable admission or service charge.
- “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 as substantiated by the applicant.
While the Indiana Arts Commission would like to fund all eligible applications, the amount of available funding is limited, therefore not all eligible applications will be funded. Funding priorities for FY25 are as follows:
- Ensuring geographic access to arts opportunities by funding the highest scoring eligible application from each county in each of the 11 regions; and,
- Benefiting local or Indiana artists by supporting applications that will directly financially benefit and/or support the work of Indiana artists; and,
- Increasing access to arts opportunities for Marion County residents with the least access.
APS applicants may request up to $4,000 to support their arts project.
July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025
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. Please contact your Regional Arts Partner representative (the contact in these guidelines) if you wish to apply using a fiscal sponsor/agent.
- 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;
- 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 or AOS;
- 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 Indiana Arts Commission.