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Regional Initiative Grant Program - Region 3 Arts Organization Support I (AOS I)

Grants to Indiana Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible
Counties for Arts Activities that Benefit Underserved Residents

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) and Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne

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Deadline Date:

03/05/20 4:30 PM Eastern Time


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Grants to Indiana nonprofit arts organizations and public entities in eligible counties to provide programming and activities for underserved communities. Applicants that have not received funding in the last three years must submit an LOI prior to applying. Funding is intended to support the general operation and administrative costs of arts and cultural organizations that are located in and serve the Region 3 counties of Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Miami, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley.

Eligible expenses include:

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187738

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

AOS Level I (AOSI) is geared toward arts and cultural organizations with a cash income and expense budget of less than $250,000.

Eligible applicants are organizations whose primary purpose is arts producing, promoting, presenting service, or teaching organization. Applicants must 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 information about eligibility requirements, see:

For information about ineligible expenses, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Each year, Arts United staff facilitates Grant Information Sessions to provide applicants with insight to each of the grants administered by Arts United. Each session will highlight general eligibility requirements, provide a comprehensive overview to each grant program, detail funding priorities, and answer any questions you may have about a particular grant opportunity. The 2020 Grant Information Sessions will occur on the following dates:

2020 Grant Information Session + Grant Preparation Fundamentals (Peru, IN)
Tuesday, January 7, 2020 from 4:30 – 6:00 PM
Peru Public Library – Large Conference Room
102 E. Main St., Peru, IN 46970
- 4:30 PM: Grant Information Session I – Indiana Arts Commission AOS/APS
- 5:00 PM: Grant Information Session II – Amplify Art!
- 5:30 PM: Grant Preparation Fundamentals, Q&A

2020 Grant Information Session (Auburn, IN)
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Community Foundation DeKalb County – Wendy Oberlin Conference Room
700 S. Main St.
Auburn, Indiana 46706

2020 Grant Information Session + Grant Panelist Panel (Fort Wayne, IN)
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 from 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Auer Center for Arts & Culture – Conference Room
300 E. Main St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Panelists: Stephanie Carlson (FWDC), Melinda Haines (PFW), and others TBA

Pre-Application Information:

LOIs are required by applicants who have not received AOS funding in FY18, FY19, or FY20. LOIs must be completed in the online system by January 15, 2020, 4:30 PM Eastern Time.

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

Draft reviews are available to first time applicants, and organizations that are not currently receiving funds from the IAC for general feedback and suggestions around application completeness and clarity. The deadline to request a draft review is February 21, 2020.

- Applications open: December 20, 2019
- Letter of Intent to Apply due: January 15, 2020, 4:30 PM ET
- Eligibility Notifications sent to LOI applicants: Week of January 27, 2020
- Deadline to request draft review: February 21, 2020
- Applications due: March 5, 2020, 4:30 PM ET
- Panel Review: April 30, 2020
- Award Notification: Early July 2020
- First Payment (75%): September - October 2020
- Final grant report due: July 13, 2021
- Second payment (25%): July - August 2021

Additional information:

Workshop information:



IAC Funding Imperatives:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

For additional information or assistance, please contact Grant and Program Manager Heather Closson at (260) 424-0646 or

For accessibility accommodation requests:
Stephanie Haines

For technical concerns:
Deanna Poelsma

Indiana Arts Commission
100 N. Senate Ave., N505
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Miami, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells and Whitley Counties