Regional Arts Grants


Grants to Organizations

Arts Illiana has administers over $90,000 annually in IAC-funded grants to area organizations for arts-related projects. There are three categories of grants:

Arts Organization Support: Operating support for non-profit arts organizations and institutions (Organizations with cash operating income/expenses (average of last three fiscal years) $250,000 or more will apply for AOS II.) (Organizations with cash operating income/expenses (average of last three fiscal years) between $50,000 and $250,000 will apply for AOS I)

Arts Project Support: Funding support for arts projects of arts and non-arts non-profit organizations including educational institutions.  Non Profit arts organizations with cash operating income/expenses (average of last three fiscal years) of less than $50,000 will apply in this category. Range of funding request is from $1,000 to $5,000.



Arts Project Support

Arts Project Support grants provide funding to nonprofit organizations to support a specific part of the organization's arts activities, such as a one-time event, a single production, an exhibition, an educational workshop, or a series of related arts activities such as art classes or training sessions. In response to the pandemic, the IAC’s funding priorities for the program are as follows:

  • Benefit local or Indiana artists by supporting applications that will directly financially benefit and/or support the work of Indiana artists.
  • Ensure geographic access to arts opportunities by funding the highest scoring eligible application from each county in a region.

The priority to directly support artist careers and/or benefit artists financially is in response to the challenging business environment due to COVID 19 for professional, practicing artists and the agency and state’s limited resources due to reduced tax revenue.

Additionally, there will be no match requirement for FY22 Arts Project Support. Current grant recipients that received an extension into the new fiscal year due to COVID cannot apply for this round of funding.

Projects for FY22 grant support should be scheduled to take place between July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022.

Link to FY22 Arts Project Support Guidelines

Arts Organization Support

Arts Organization Support grants provide annual operating support for the ongoing artistic and administrative functions of nonprofit arts organizations. The IAC has adjusted the evaluation criteria of this core program to responsibly acknowledge the pandemic’s effect on the arts and culture sector. These adjustments include:

  • Panelists will assess the applicant’s organizations resiliency based upon the extent to which the organization demonstrates it is operating, and will continue to operate, during the funding period. Organizations must, at minimum: Hold regular board meetings, conduct ongoing planning, continue basic operations, continue regular communication with constituents and supporters, and preserve and/or advance the art form.
  • Provide the following financial information:
    • Projected income and expenses for current year
    • Financial statement from most recently completed fiscal year
  • Applications with a majority “yes” review and high scoring resiliency assessment will be recommended for two-year funding.
  • Current grant recipients recommended for funding will be awarded funding based upon their current funding award and category.
  • New applicants recommended for funding will be awarded based upon their submitted financials, and not to exceed the highest level one organization support award amount in their respective region.
  • In FY22 only, organizations that choose to respond to the optional “Extraordinary Effort” narrative question in the application will be considered for a small merit award. Although merit awards may be given in all budget categories, priority will be given to organizations with a budget of less than $250,000.
Link to FY22 Arts Organization Support (I & II) Guidelines


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Accessing the online grant system:

1. Click here to access the  online system. (
2. If accessing the system for the first time, create a profile.



New Logo Use Guidelines...Important information for Grantees!!

IAC and Regional Arts Partner logos for grantees are available for download from the IAC website at:    NOTE REGIONAL INITIATIVE GRANT RECIPIENTS DO NOT NEED TO CREDIT NEA BEGINNING FY2021

Penalties for Late Final Grant Report Submissions.

Self Accessibility Check list Form

USEFUL LINKS: (Click to open link.)

Link to Legislator Contact Information

Sample Public Official Letter for beginning of grant period.

Sample Public Official Letter for end of grant period.

Resources for Managing Regional Initiative Grants

The documents below are to be used in managing the Regional Initiative Grant (RIG) application, paneling, and reporting process.

Grantsmaking Process Information


    Panel/Panelist Materials

    Reporting Forms

    • RIG Reporting forms are assigned through the online system.




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