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Regional Initiative Grants (RIG) - Region 6 Arts Organization Support (AOS I)

Grants to Indiana Arts Nonprofits in Eligible
Counties for General Operating Assistance

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Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) and Arts Illiana

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Deadline Date:

03/05/20 4:30 PM EST


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Grants to Indiana nonprofit arts organizations in eligible counties for general operational expenses. Applicants who have not received funding in the past three cycles are required to submit a Letter of Intent prior to applying. Funding is intended to assist with the ongoing administrative and artistic functions of qualifying organizations. Funded organizations must serve the residents of Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo Counties.

Arts Illiana administers IAC-funded grants to area organizations for arts-related projects. Arts Organization Support provides operating support for non-profit arts organizations and institutions.

The IAC advocates engagement with the arts to enrich the quality of individual and community life. The objective of this program is to support arts organizations that provide quality arts and cultural activities to the public, with special attention to underserved communities. 

For a list of eligible expenses, see

Evaluation Criteria: 

  • Organizational Excellence: The extent to which the applicant organization can demonstrate sound  fiscal management and administrative policies and a demonstrable commitment to continuous improvement, preservation and development of the art form.
  • Community Engagement and IDEA: The extent to which there is an an active, two-way, ongoing relationship between the applicant and the community in the planning, participation and evaluation of the proposed activities, which includes intentional strategies for inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA).
  •  Arts Education: The extent to which the applicant organization can demonstrate strategies designed to transfer specific training, skills, abilities and/or knowledge in the arts through publicly recognized standards (e.g. workshop leader has relevant experience; education standards are integrated if a school-based activity).
  • Artistic Quality: The extent to which the applicant demonstrates a committed effort to provide a meaningful, impactful, quality and authentic artistic experience(s).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167363

Estimated Size of Grant:

Organizations with cash operating income/expenses (average of last three fiscal years) between $50,000 and $250,000 will apply for AOS I. The grant award cannot exceed 20% of the applicant’s three year cash operating income average.

The AOS I budget breakdowns are:
- Under $50,000 (Average FY2020 grant for this Region was $5,834)
- $50,000 to $99,999 (Average FY2020 grant for this Region was $5,834)
- $100,000 to $174,999 (Average FY2020 grant for this Region was $6,807)
- $175,000 and up (Average FY2020 grant for this Region was $7,779)

Term of Contract:

Grant Period: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

All applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements at the time of application:

1. Be an organization whose primary purpose is arts producing, promoting, presenting service or teaching organization.
2. Be a 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).
3. Must be incorporated in the State of Indiana.
4. 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.
5. Must have an operating history as an Indiana-based arts organization for at least two consecutive years before applying to the Arts Organization Support grant program for the first time.
6. Must have a governing body that is representative of the organization’s service area.
7. Must annually implement program planning and evaluation processes with input from the community to be served.
8. Must have a DUNS number.

For further details on eligibility requirements, see


- Organizations whose primary purpose is educational or instructional e.g., schools, universities, colleges, etc;
- Any organization whose sole or primary purpose is to fundraise (e.g., “friends of” groups, foundations, etc.);
- Entities that receive state-level operating support or non-project support directly from the Indiana General Assembly. 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.

For a list of ineligible expenses, see

Pre-Application Information:


- Grant Period: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021
- Letter of Intent to Apply Due: January 15, 2020, 4:30 PM Eastern Time
- Eligibility Notifications Sent to LOI Applicants: Week of January 27, 2020
- Deadline to request draft application review: February 21, 2020
- Application Due: March 5, 2020 4:30 PM Eastern Time
- Panel Review: April 20, 2020
- Award Notification: Early July 2020
- First Payment (75%): September – October 2020
- Final Grant Report Due: July 13, 2021, 4:30 PM Eastern Time
- Second Payment (25%): July-August 2021

The Letter of Intent (LOI) will determine program eligibility. It is required by applicants who have not received AOS funding in FY18, FY19, or FY20. The LOI must be completed in the online system by January 15, 2020, 4:30 PM EST. Therefore, if your organization did not receive Arts Organization Support (AOS) funding in those years, you must:

- Complete the Letter of Intent questions in the application by the 1/15/20 deadline,
- Inform IAC staff when the section is complete, and
- Receive approval (Notice of Eligibility) via email in order to be eligible to apply to this program.

Draft reviews by Regional Arts Partners are available to first time applicants, and organizations not currently receiving funds from the IAC.

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.

For more information about the FY21 Arts Organization Support, Level I, and for a Preview of the Application:

For resources to assist with the RIG application, see the URL for Full Text found below.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal:

Sherri Wright
(812) 235-5007

Arts Illiana
23 North 6th St.
Terre Haute, IN 47807

Grant Coverage Areas:

For Arts Illiana Region 6 counties, see

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo Counties