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Regional Initiative Grant Program - Region 2 Arts Organization Support I (AOS I)

Grants to Indiana Arts Nonprofits and Local Agencies
in Eligible Counties to Support General Operating Costs

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Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) and Community Foundation of St. Joseph County

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Deadline Date:

03/05/20 4:30 PM EST


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Indiana nonprofit arts organizations and public agencies in eligible counties for general operating support. First-time applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to support ongoing artistic and administrative functions of organizations that provide quality arts and cultural activities to the public, with special attention to underserved communities in Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, Marshall, St. Joseph, and Starke.

Eligible expenses include:

  • 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 a grantee's services.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187733

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grant award cannot be more than 20% of the applicant's three-year cash operating income average.

APS applicants may request up to $5,000 or up to $50% of allowable project expenses, whichever is less. Applicants may request no less than $500. This region's average grant in this category for FY2020 was $4,246.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations or public entities with eligible arts programming and addresses in the following counties are eligible to apply for funding from the Region 2 Partner, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County: Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, Marshall, St. Joseph, and Starke.

General applicant requirements and restrictions:
- Be an organization whose primary purposes is arts producing, promoting, presenting service, or teaching organization
- Be a private, nonprofit tax-exempt agency with either 501(c)(3) status from the IRS or be an Indiana public entity (part of city or county).

For additional eligibility information, see:

For a list of ineligible expenses, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Current grantees and new applicants are invited and encouraged to come learn about the grant categories, the online grant system, application process, and changes for this year. This workshop will be offered three times. Each session will cover the same material, so attendees need only register for one session.

Thursday, January 23, 2020 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Plymouth Public Library (Room Laramore A)
201 North Center Street, Plymouth, IN 46563

Monday, January 27, 2020 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Elkhart Public Library - Downtown Branch (Room 5)
300 S. Second Street, Elkhart, IN 46516

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library - Downtown Branch (Eisen Room)
209 Lincolnway East, Mishawaka, IN 46544

To register, or for questions regarding the process, contact Kayla Myers, Program Officer. Please provide your name, the name of the organization you represent, and appropriate contact information.

Pre-Application Information:

Letters of Intent are required for new Arts Organization Support (AOS-I) Applicants. The deadline is January 15, 2020, 4:30 p.m. EST.

The full application is due March 5, 2020, 4:30 PM EST.

Draft reviews are available to first-time applicants and organizations that are currently not receiving funds from the IAC for general feedback and suggestions around completeness and clarity. Reviews will be done in the order requests are received and the deadline to request a draft review is February 21, 2020.

FY21 Regional Initiative Grant Timeline
- December 20, 2020 – Applications Open
- January 15, 2020 – Letter Of Intent Due
- Week of January 27, 2020: Eligibility notification sent to LOI applicants
- February 21, 2020: Deadline to request draft review
- March 5, 2020, 4:30 PM EST: Application due
- April 29, 2020: Panel Review
- Early July 2020: Awards notification
- September - October 2020: First payment (75%)
- July - August 2021: Second payment (25%)


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

Submit an LOI:

To register for a workshop, or for questions regarding the process, contact Kayla Myers, Program Officer, by email ( or phone (574-232-0041). Please provide your name, the name of the organization you represent, and appropriate contact information.

For accessibility accommodations contact Stephanie Haines:

For technical concerns, contact Deanna Poelsma:

Community Foundation of St. Joseph County
P.O. Box 837
205 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 610
South Bend, IN 46624
Phone: (574) 232-0041
Fax: (574) 233-1906

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, Marshall, St. Joseph, and Starke.