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: https://www.in.gov/arts/files/FY2021AOSI_Region1.pdf#page=3