The State of Indiana has launched the Arts Project Support Grant Program to provide funding to Indiana 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and public entities for a specific art project or art 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. APS is administered by the Regional Arts Partners (RAP) across the state. This grant program is created with a focus on the Indiana Arts Commission’s Funding Imperatives.
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.
- APS applicants may request up to $5,000 to support their arts project.
- Grant funds must only be used for eligible expenses only.
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 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 have a DUNS number that reflects the organization legal name and current physical address;
- Must not have any outstanding Final Grant Reports due to 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; and
- An organization may only apply for one of the following grant programs in the same fiscal year: APS, AOS l, AOS Il, or AOSIII. Further, an organization cannot apply to other IAC grant programs for the same project.
Eligible Project Expenses
Funds awarded by the IAC may be used to support the following:
- 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).
For more information, visit https://www.in.gov/arts/programs-and-services/funding/arts-project-support/