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Grants to Indiana Arts Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible
Counties to Provide Cultural Programs to Local Communities

Regional Initiative Grant Program - Region 8 Arts Organization Support I (AOS I)

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) and Brown County Community Foundation (BCCF)

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

03/09/22 4:30 PM EST


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Grants to Indiana arts nonprofit organizations and public entities in eligible counties for operating support to provide cultural programming. Applicants must complete an eligibility questionnaire prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to promote and expand participation in the arts within the Region 8 counties of Owen, Morgan, Monroe, Brown, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, and Orange.

Grant Program Objectives:

To support arts organizations that:

  • Align with the IAC's public Funding Imperatives, and
  • 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. 

Eligible expenses can be found at

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187780

Estimated Size of Grant:

In the most recent grant cycle, organizations with budget sizes up to $99,999 received a grant award between $5,000-$6,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant Period July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:

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 an active 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. Organizations whose primary purpose is educational or instructional e.g., schools, universities, colleges, etc. are ineligible. (New) This includes entities/branches operating under the same 501c3. These entities are eligible to apply to Arts Project Support;

4. Any organization whose sole or primary purpose is to fundraise (e.g., “friends of” groups, foundations, etc.) is ineligible

5. Entities that receive state-level operating support or non-project support directly from the Indiana General Assembly are ineligible. 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.

6. 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;

7. Before applying to the Arts Organization Support grant program for the first time, an organization:
a. must have at least three consecutive years (by March 9, 2022) of 501c3 operating history as an Indiana-based arts organization; and,
b. be formally approved to apply (see Eligibility Questionnaire on page 1)

8. Must have a governing body that is representative of the organization’s service area;

9. Must annually implement program planning and evaluation processes with input from the community to be served;

10. Must have an annual cash operating income of $50,000 or more as supported by the most recently completed, board-approved, year profit and loss statement.

11. 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. 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 organization’s budget;

12. (New) If awarded funding, organizations will be required to obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) prior to payment. Since 2010, this has been a Dun & Bradstreet number, or DUNS. In April 2022 the Federal government will switch to the use of a UEI created in to be the official UEI.

13. Must not have any overdue and/or unresolved Final Grant Reports with the Indiana Arts Commission or the Regional Arts Partner;

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

15. An organization may apply for only one Regional Initiative Grant (APS, AOS) in the same fiscal year. This includes an organization’s “friends of” or “foundation” arm.

For information about ineligible expenses, see:

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is March 9, 2022 4:30 PM (EST). Late applications will not be accepted. Please note, no changes can be made to the application following the deadline.

To ensure program eligibility, all new applicants to the program must complete an Eligibility Questionnaire by the January 18, 2022 deadline. The Eligibility Questionnaire is a series of questions in the AOSI application form. To access the form, create an account in the IAC online system (or login to a previously established account), open the AOSI application, and select "No" when arriving to the question "Has the organization previously received Arts Organization Support funding from the IAC?". The form must be completed in the online system by January 18, 2022, 4:30 PM EST. To be eligible to apply, the applicant must receive a Notice of Eligibility via email.

Grant Process Timeline - All times Eastern Standard Time:
- Grant Period: July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023
- Applications Open: January 4, 2022
- Eligibility Questionnaire Due (first time applicants): January 18, 2022, 4:30 p.m. eastern time
- Eligibility Notifications Sent to New Applicants: Week of January 31, 2022
- Deadline to request draft application review: February 23, 2022
- Application Due: March 9, 2022, 4:30 p.m. eastern time
- Panel Review: Week of April 25, 2022
- Award Notification: Early July 2022
- First Payment (75%) September - October 2022
- Final Grant Report Due: July 13, 2023, 4:30 p.m. eastern time
- Second Payment (25%): July - August 2023

Draft reviews by Regional Arts Partners are available to first-time applicants and organizations who are not currently receiving funds from the IAC. Draft reviews consist of general feedback and suggestions around application completeness and clarity. To request a draft review, email the Regional Arts Partner by the deadline, and let them know it's ready for feedback (do not submit the application). Reviews will be done in the order requests are received, and the deadline to request a draft review is February 23, 2022.

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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Brown County Community Foundation
P.O. Box 191
209 Van Buren Street North
Nashville, IN 47448

Sean Hildreth
Marketing, Communications, & Outreach Officer

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