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The Arts in Education Granting Program is closed until further notice. For examples of past projects completed with Arts in Education funding, please click here.

Grant Description

The Arts in Education (AIE) Granting Program was developed to help support curriculum needs, impact student engagement and performance, and develop a long term commitment to the arts in schools at the primary and secondary levels.  Qualified applicants will be asked to develop a balanced and working partnership to help develop and implement a successful educational project. The role of the partnership is seen as an enhancement to the work of the professional educator in the educational setting, not intended to replace staff or faculty. All projects must include and meet a minimum of five (5) current Indiana Academic Standards. Current standards may be found on the Indiana Department of Education website.

The IAC believes the arts are an essential part of a balanced, quality education and a vehicle for increasing critical thinking skills. Where they exist, schools must involve their arts specialist in all phases of this project. The IAC also recommends the involvement of other teachers, parents, and administrators.  Applicants may choose to include inter- or cross-disciplinary projects that encourage arts integrated learning or focus on a specific visual, performing, or literary art process. Implementation must take place during the scheduled school day and may not fund after-school or summer activities.  In order to continue to help generate local community support and advocacy, the IAC strongly encourages the inclusion of an event, exhibition, concert, or performance that is free and open to the public.


  • Applicant must be an Indiana pre-K through 12 public, charter, private, or parochial school OR Any teaching artist who is 18 years or older 

  • Lived in Indiana for one year immediately preceding the date of application;

  • Must be and remain an Indiana resident during the grant period;

  • NOT Enrolled in any degree-granting program (undergraduate, graduate and doctorate) as of October 11th, 2012;

  • NOT applying as part of a collaboration for which another artist is also applying in the same year;

  • NOT applying on behalf of an organization (organizations, other than schools, may not apply).


How to Apply

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 Arts in Education Granting Program Application for the current fiscal year.
  • If you need technical assistance, please contact 317-232-1278 or

Review Process and Criteria

Panelists will review all applications and evaluate how well each addresses the review criteria below. A copy of the scorecard used by the panelists can be accessed by clicking here. The term "project," as used in this section, refers to the activities for which funding is being requested.   

Impact on Curriculum Needs (40 points)

  • Existing curriculum need clearly identified and addressed (20 pts)
  • Connection to a minimum of three (5) Indiana Academic Standards (10 pts)
  • Potential for student learning (10 pts)

Quality of Partnership and Planning

  • Evidence of a balanced partnership (15 pts) 
  • Strength of partner credentials (10 pts) 
  • Planning and Implementation appropriate and feasible (10 pts) 
    (Including a balanced budget and timeline)

Public Benefit and Evaluation

  • Public benefit extends to surrounding community (15 pts)
  • Evaluation/Assessment tool well developed (10 pts)

Panel Session

Panel meetings are open to the public and applicants are encouraged to attend, but cannot lobby panelists on behalf of their applications. Please read the Panel Audience Information before attending a panel.

  • Information on the panel date, time and location can be found here.
  • Audio will be posted here following the panel meeting.

Contact Information

Please contact Sarah Fronczek at or 317-232-1274 for additional information. You are encouraged to consult with IAC staff prior to application submission if you have any questions or need assistance developing your application.

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