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Regional Initiative Grant Program - Region 1 Arts Organization Support I (AOS I)

Grants to Indiana Nonprofit Arts
Organizations and Agencies for Operating Costs

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) and South Shore Arts

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Deadline Date:

03/05/20 4:30 PM


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Grants to Indiana nonprofit arts organizations and government agencies for operating costs. A letter of inquiry is required prior to the submission of a full application. Funding is intended to support the ongoing costs associated with organizations that provide quality arts and cultural activities that are open to the public, in particular, those that benefit underserved communities.

Arts Organization Support I (AOS I) grants provide annual operating support for the ongoing artistic and administrative functions of eligible arts organizations.  

To support arts organizations that provide quality arts and cultural activities to the public, with special attention to underserved communities. 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. 

Funds awarded by the IAC may be used to support the following:

  • Salaries
  • Administrative fees
  • Artists fees
  • Staff development and training
  • Space and equipment rental
  • Promotional costs
  • Personnel and production costs, and supplies needed to support the programming activities
  • Fee subsidies to presenting organizations that wish to purchase the grantee's services

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187730

Term of Contract:

These grants support programs to be conducted between July 1 and June 30 of each upcoming fiscal year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Arts funding is available to nonprofit Indiana arts organizations, as well as non-arts organizations providing arts programming in Lake, Porter, and LaPorte counties. AOS I is open to arts organizations with a 3-year operating income average of $50,000 or above.

Applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

1. Be an organization whose primary purpose is arts producing, promoting, presenting service or teaching organization as demonstrated by a) Significant evidence that it is viewed as an arts organization by its community; b) Arts as core purpose, mission, and focus. The organization's Articles of Incorporation and/or Bylaws must reflect this core purpose; c) The majority of public programs are arts programs and occur with regular, scheduled frequency throughout the year; d) Facility space (indoor and/or outdoor) is utilized predominantly as arts production or arts activity space (as applicable); e) A proportionate amount of operating budget is allocated to direct arts programs and services; f) Provide significant, verifiable arts education-focused programming.

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); a) Organisations whose primary purpose is education or instructional e.g. schools, universities, colleges, etc. are ineligible; b) Any organization whose sole or primary purpose is to fundraise (e.g. "friends of" groups, foundations, etc.) are ineligible; c) Entities that receive state-level operating support or non-project support directly from the Indianan General Assembly are ineligible. This includes any line items/support or contributions form the sate within the organization's operating facility, or other budgets or the organizations being part of a larger state.

3. Must be incorporated in the State of Indiana at the time of the application and for the duration of the grant period.

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-baed arts organization for at least two consecutive years before applying to the Arts Organizations 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 an annual cash operating income of $50,000 or more over a three-year average, as supported by the most recent Financial Statements.

9. All grant recipients must provide a match for every dollar provided by the Indiana Arts Commission with one dollar of the organizations' own funds. The match can include in-kind, but at least 50% of the match must be cash. The cash match can constitute funds from the applicant's organization's budget.

10. Must have a DUNS number that reflects organization legal name and current physical status.

11. Must not have any outstanding Final Grant Reports due to the Indiana Arts Commission or the Regional Arts Partner.

12. Must comply with all federal, state, and local laws or ordinances, including but not limited to those that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

13. An organization may apply for only one Regional Initiative Grant (APS, AOS I, or AOS II) in the same fiscal year. This includes an organization's "friends of" of"foundation" arm.

For ineligible expenses, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due March 5, 2020, by 4:30 PM EDT.

If you are interested in applying to AOS I but are not currently receiving an FY20 AOS grant, a Letter of Intent (LOI) is required and must be submitted by January 15, 2020, 4:30 PM EDT.

Eligibility notifications will be sent to LOIS applicants during the week of January 27, 2020.

The deadline to request a draft application review is February 21, 2020.

Award notifications will be made in Early July, 2020.

Contact Information:

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

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For additional information, please call Special Projects Director Donna Catalano at 219/836-1839, ext. 104 or email

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