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All IAC grant applications and reports are now online. All direct grant programs will be applied to through IAC's Online Grant System. Even if your grant deadline is months away, you can start to enter your basic information and manage your grant application now. To start an application, select the program you wish to apply for below and read the section on how to apply.

Only one application is allowed per year, per organization or 501(c)(3) for a grant in any of the following IAC grant categories: Regional Initiative Grants (Arts Project Support and Arts Operating Support) Arts Operating Support II, Arts Operating Support III, Statewide Arts Service Organizations, Arts in Education, and 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.

Types of Grants Available:

Grants for Individual Artists

Individual Artist Program
The Individual Artist Program (IAP) funds projects to aid in artist career development.    

Arts in Education Granting Program
The Arts in Education (AIE) Granting Program is closed until further notice. For examples of past projects completed with AIE funding, click here. Current grantees can access information about their grant on the Guidelines & Reporting page.

Annual Grants for Organizations

Regional Initiative Grant Program
The Regional Initiative Grant Program includes Arts Operating Support (AOS) grants and Arts Project Support (APS) and Mini grants.

Arts Operating Support (AOS) - The AOS grant is a Regional Initiative Grant that provides annual operating support for ongoing artistic and administrative function of eligible arts organizations that provide quality arts activities with special attention to underserved communities. There are two AOS grant programs with different criteria needs: (1) AOS I, an annual regional grant and (2) AOS II, a two-year regional grant. 

Arts Project Support (APS) and Mini Grants - The APS/Mini grant is a Regional Initiative Grant that provides arts project support for eligible organizations (arts or non-arts organizations). This is designed to support new and existing arts projects and activities produced or presented by eligible organizations to provide general public access to quality arts and cultural activities, with special attention to underserved communities. 

  • Applications for Fiscal Year 2015 (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015) have closed.

Multi-Year Grants for Organizations

Arts Operating Support II (AOS II)
The Arts Operating Support II (AOS II) grant is a Regional Initiative Grant that provides two years of operating support for the ongoing artistic and administrative function of eligible arts organizations that provide quality arts activities with special attention to underserved communities.

  • Applications for Fiscal Year 2014-15 (July 1, 2013 - June 30, 2015) have closed.


Arts Operating Support III (AOS III)
The Arts Operating Support III (AOS III) program provides two years of operating support for the ongoing artistic and administrative functions of eligible arts organizations that provide quality arts and cultural activities on a statewide or multi-regional basis, with special attention to underserved communities.

  • Applications for Fiscal Year 2014-15 (August 1, 2013 - July 31, 2015) have closed. 


Capacity Building Grant Program
The Capacity Building Grant Program (CBGP) is closed until further notice. Current grantees can access information about their grant on the Guidelines & Reporting page.  


Regional Arts Partner Grant Program
In 1996, the Indiana Arts Commission and 12 community-based organizations jointly established the Indiana Regional Arts Partnership. In December 2011, the Commission voted to dissolve the region 11 partnership. The counties served by region 11 have been absorbed by the region 8, 10 and 12 partners for Fiscal Year 2013 and beyond. In collaboration with the IAC, the RAP exists to promote and expand participation in the arts in Indiana. It provides broad local access to arts services and funding opportunities throughout the State of Indiana. Services include, but are not limited to, information and referral, technical assistance, and regranting of state and federal funds.

Note: If you are applying for or reporting on a Regional Initiative Grant, contact your regional partner for information about applications and reporting.

Special Programs

Statewide Cultural District Program
A cultural district is a well-recognized, labeled, mixed-use area of a community in which high concentrations of cultural assets serve as the anchor. Indiana Statewide Cultural Districts promote the exploration of and participation in the arts and humanities through cultural experiences that are unique to our communities. Indiana Statewide Cultural Districts support community life and economic vitality.

  • Letters of Intent are due August 28, 2014. 

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