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IAC > For Applicants > Grant Programs > Regional Initiative Grant Program Regional Initiative Grant Program

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Overview
Important Dates
Arts Project Support (APS) Grants
Arts Operating Support I (AOS I) Grants
Arts Operation Support II (AOS II) Grants
Program Guidelines
How To Apply
Application Review Process & Criteria
Contact Information

Overview

The Regional Initiative Grant (RIG) program was provides funding to arts organizations in order to ensure all Indiana citizens have access to quality arts and cultural activities. RIG programs include:

  • Arts Project Support and Mini grants
  • Arts Operating Support I 
  • Arts Operating Support II 

These grants are managed through the Regional Arts Partners, which are community-based Indiana organizations that focus on providing better access to a variety of arts services within their designated counties. All applications to these programs should be submitted through the IAC's online grant system, but other details such as payments and contracts are handled through the Regional Arts Partners.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Program guidelines and reporting deadlines vary by region. Please contact your Regional Arts Partner for more information about the following RIG programs.

Important Dates

All applications and reports must be completed in the online system by 4:30 p.m. (EST) unless otherwise noted.

FY2015 Arts Project Support

Final Report Due for Regions 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12 July 8, 2015
Final Report Due for Regions 3, 5, 7, 8, 10 July 10, 2015

FY2015 Arts Operating Support I

Final report Due For Regions 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12 July 8, 2015
Final report Due For Regions 3, 5, 7, 8, 10 July 10, 2015

FY 2014-15 Arts Operating Support II

Final report (Yr. 2) Due for Regions 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12 July 8, 2015
Final report Due (Yr. 2) For Regions 3, 5, 7, 8, 10 July 10, 2015

FY2016 Arts Project Support

Final Report Due For Regions 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12 July 13, 2016
Final Report Due For Regions 3, 5, 7, 8, 10 July 15, 2016

FY 2016 Arts Operating Support I

Final Report Due For Regions 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12 July 13, 2016
Final Report Due For Regions 3, 5, 7, 8, 10 July 15, 2016

FY2016/17 Arts Operating Support II

Final Report Due (Yr. 1) For Regions 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12 July 13, 2016
Final report Due (Yr. 1) For Regions 3, 5, 7, 8, 10 July 15, 2016

Arts Project Support (APS) and Mini Grants

This program is open to private, nonprofit, tax-exempt agencies with 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in addition to Indiana public entities (e.g. part of city, county, or state government). For a complete list of eligibility requirements, please consult the program guidelines which can be provided by your Regional Arts Partner.

Arts Project Support (APS) and Mini Grants provide up to $5,000 in funding to Indiana arts and non-arts organizations* to support a distinct aspect of the organization’s arts activities, such as a one-time event; a single production; an exhibition; an educational seminar; or series of related arts activities, such as art classes or training sessions.

(If available in your region) Mini Grants provide funding to Indiana arts and non-arts organizations* for new or existing arts projects and activities. New organizations with small budgets that are managed by the board and have limited resources usually apply for Mini Grants. Check with your Regional Arts Partner to determine if your region offers Mini Grants. 

* Non-arts organizations do not have the arts as their primary mission. They include pre-K, elementary, secondary, schools, and, in some cases colleges and universities; senior centers; parks and recreation departments; civic and community service organizations; professional associations; public libraries; public broadcast stations; health and human service agencies; and other public agencies and private nonprofit tax-exempt community based organizations.

GRANT AMOUNT – Up to $5,000 OR up to 50% of allowable project expenses, whichever is less.

1:1 MATCH REQUIREMENT – All applicants much match IAC funds on a dollar-for-dollar basis; match may be a combination of cash and in-kind (value of necessary donated goods and services); and at least 50% of the local match must be cash.

Arts Operating Support I (AOS I)

The Regional Initiative Grant (RIG) Arts Operating Support I provides annual operating support for the ongoing artistic and administrative functions of eligible arts organizations that provide quality arts activities. Eligible organizations must be a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt agency with 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) OR an Indiana public entity (part of city or county) that: 

  1. Must have an annual cash operating income and expenses of $50,000 or more over a
    three-year average, as supported by the most recent Financial Statement. Eligible arts
    organizations with a three-year budget average of $250,000 or more may qualify for the
    AOS II program; AND
     
  2. Operates with arts as their primary purpose, mission, and focus; 

    OR

    Operates within a mission that describes the arts as the primary purpose of the organization as outlined in their Articles of Incorporation and/or Bylaws; AND must also be one of the following:
    • An arts producing organization
    • An arts promoting organization
    • An arts presenting organization
    • An artist service organization
    • An arts teaching organization

GRANT AMOUNT –  The AOS grant award amounts are based on the average of the applicant’s last three years of total cash income, panel's ratings, number of eligible applicants in the Region, and the dollars allocated to the Region. The grant award cannot be more than 20% of the applicant’s three year cash operating income average. 

1:1 MATCH REQUIREMENT – 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 may be a combination of in-kind – at least 50% must be cash. The cash match can constitute funds from the applicant organization’s budget.  

Arts Operating Support II (AOS II)

The Regional Initiative Grant (RIG) Arts Operating Support II provides multi-year operating support for the ongoing artistic and administrative functions of eligible arts organizations that provide quality arts activities. Eligible organizations must be a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt agency with 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) OR an Indiana public entity (part of city or county) that: 

  1. Must have an annual cash operating income and expenses of $250,000 or more over a three-year average, as supported by the most recent Financial Statement;
  2. Must have operated for at least one year according to a strategic or long-range plan adopted by the organization’s governing body; 
  3. Must pay an administrative staff person who reports to the governing body; AND
     
  4. Operates with arts as their primary purpose, mission, and focus; 

    OR

    Operates within a mission that describes the arts as the primary purpose of the organization as outlined in their Articles of Incorporation and/or Bylaws; AND must also be one of the following: 
    • An arts producing organization
    • An arts promoting organization
    • An arts presenting organization
    • An artist service organization
    • An arts teaching organization.

GRANT AMOUNT – The AOS grant award amounts are based on the average of the applicant’s last three years of total cash income, panel's ratings, number of eligible applicants in the Region, and the dollars allocated to the Region. The grant award cannot be more than 20% of the applicant’s three year cash operating income average. 

1:1 MATCH REQUIREMENT – 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 may be a combination of in-kind – at least 50% must be cash. The cash match can constitute funds from the applicant organization’s budget.  

Guidelines

Guidelines for the Regional Initiative Grant Program are region-specific. This means that you should contact your Regional Arts Partner for guidelines, reporting deadlines, and other relevant details. 

The IAC serves as the facilitator for Region 7 in Central Indiana. Guidelines for Region 7 FY2016 (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016) APS, AOSI, and AOSII grants are available below.

How to Apply

All AOS I & II applicants are required to submit a “Notice of Intent to Apply” to the IAC. 

Applicants should contact their Regional Arts Partner for the program guidelines and other important information. All applicants are responsible for understanding and complying with program guidelines, and your online submission indicates your agreement with, and adherence to, the program guidelines – including its embedded website links.

Once you have read and understood the program guidelines, complete the online application using the IAC's Online Grant System.

  • All applicants must create a profile within the online system to be able to apply. The username and password created will be required each time you log into the system. If you have created a profile in the system for a different application, use your existing logins.
  • When you login to the online system, select "Current Programs and Applications" and scroll down until you find the Regional Initiative Grant Application for the correct level of support (AOS or APS) and for the correct region. 

Review Process and Criteria

For panel review dates and other information, please contact your Regional Arts Partner.

Each eligible application will be reviewed and scored by a conflict-free panel comprised of arts professionals using the program's Application Review Criteria. The panel review will be open to the public and may be recorded. Applicants are invited and encouraged to attend to hear feedback. Please read the Panel Audience Information before attending a panel.  

Contact Information

Please contact your Regional Arts Partner for more information.

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