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IAC > Grant Programs > Arts Operating Support III Arts Operating Support III

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Program Description

The AOSIII/Multi-Regional program will provide annual operating support for the ongoing artistic and administrative functions of eligible arts organizations that provide quality arts on a statewide or multi-regional basis, with special attention to underserved communities.

Program Timeline

Notes: All times Eastern (EST). All reporting will be submitted in the IAC's Online Grant System.

Grant period July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2017
Final grant report - Year 1 and second year updates due July 29, 2016, 4:30 p.m.
Final grant report - Year 2 July 31, 2017, 4:30 p.m.


For the full list of eligibility and reporting requirements, please consult the program guidelines.

The following is an abbreviated list of eligibility requirements for the AOS III program:

  1. Organizations that operate with arts as their primary purpose, mission, and focus;
  2. Organizations that operate 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
  3. Private, nonprofit, tax-exempt agency, 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) OR an Indiana public entity (part of city or county).

NOTE: Only one application is allowed per year, per organization or 501(c)(3) for a grant in any of the following IAC grant categories: Arts Project Support and mini-grants, Arts Operating Support I, Arts Operating Support II, Arts Operating Support III, Statewide Arts Service Organizations, Regional Arts Partnership Regional Block Grant, and Regional Arts Partnership Operating Support. If special funding opportunities arise, some deviation from this rule may be permitted on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the IAC and the funding source. Public entities, chapters/affiliates, and fiscal agent relationship will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Review Process and Criteria

After receipt of completed application, IAC staff will review your materials to ensure that all required information was submitted. If any discrepancies are found (such as incomplete answers or uploads), your application may be ineligible for review. Each eligible application will be reviewed and scored by a conflict-free panel of professional peers. The panel review occurred on April 28, 2015 and was be open to the public for observation and may be recorded. Applications will be scored on a 100-point scale. The scores will be included as part of a funding formula to assist with the allocation of grant awards. Organizations that have a total score over 85 will be eligible for funding. Information submitted in the application will be reviewed according to the following evaluation criteria.

  • Management (30 points)
  • Quality (30 points)
  • Community Impact/Public Benefit (25 points)
  • Multi-Regional Impact (15 points)

Contact Information

If you have a question concerning the Multi-Regional/Arts Operating Support III FY16-17 program and application development please contact:

Paige Sharp
Interim Accessibility Coordinator
Director of Programs
Phone: 317.232.1279

If you have a question about the online system, contract, and payment information please contact:

Grant, Research and Information Technology Manager
Phone: 317.232.1278