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Guidelines for FY2016 are now available.

Grant Description

The Regional Initiative Grant (RIG) program was developed to help provide Indiana citizens access to quality arts and cultural activities, with special attention to underserved communities. RIG programs include Arts Project Support (APS) and Mini grants, Arts Operating Support I (AOS I), and Arts Operating Support II (AOS II).

In an effort to offer better access to arts services and funding opportunities throughout the state, the IAC created a Regional Arts Partnership with community-based Indiana organizations. Each partner focuses on providing better access to a variety of arts services within their designated counties.

Eligibility - Arts Project Support (APS)
Eligibility - Arts Organization Support (AOSI, AOSII)
Guidelines
How to Apply
Review Process and Criteria
Panel Session
Contact Information

Eligibility - Arts Project Support (APS), and Mini Grant

Arts Project Support (APS) and Mini Grants provide 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 applicable) 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. Please note: Region 7 does not offer 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.

  • Must be a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt agency, 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) OR an Indiana public entity (part of city, county, or state government);
  • Nonprofit corporations that are based in another state must be registered in Indiana as a Foreign Corporation, have an Indiana address, and provide all IAC‐funded arts activities in Indiana.
  • An eligible tax-exempt organization may act as a fiscal sponsor/agent for an organization that has not secured their federal tax-exempt status.  Please contact your regional representative if you will be using or acting as a fiscal agent for an application.
  • Must be incorporated in the State of Indiana at the time of application;
  • Must have an address in the Region to which applicant is applying;
  • Must not have any outstanding Final Grant Reports due to the Indiana Arts Commission or the Regional Arts Partner; and,
  • Must have a governing body that is representative of the organization’s service area.

Eligibility - Arts Organization Support (AOSI, AOSII)

The Regional Initiative Grant (RIG) Arts Operating Support I and II program will provide annual operating support for the ongoing artistic and administrative functions of eligible arts organizations that provide quality arts activities with special attention to underserved communities. An underserved community is one in which individuals lack access to arts programs due to geography, economic conditions, ethnic background, disability, or age. Eligible arts organizations are organizations for which providing arts activities or services is the primary mission and purpose. 

Eligible AOS I and AOSII arts organizations are organizations for which providing arts activities or services is the primary mission and purpose.  For the FY2016 cycle, AOS I and AOS II applicants are required to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply form for eligibility by January 9, 2015.  If ineligible, your organization may qualify for Arts Project Support.

  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. Must be a 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);
  4. Must be incorporated in the State of Indiana at the time of application;
  5. Must be physically located in Indiana, with the majority of its arts programming, services, or activities taking place in Indiana, and must primarily serve and engage Indiana audiences and participants;
    • Nonprofit corporations that are based in another state must be registered in Indiana as a Foreign Corporation, have an Indiana address, and provide all IAC‐funded arts activities in Indiana.
  6. Must have operating history as an Indiana-based arts organization for two consecutive full years before applying to the Arts Operating Support grant program for the first time;
  7. Must have a  governing body that is representative of the organization’s service area;
  8. Must annually implement program planning and evaluation processes with input from the community to be served;
  9. Must have a DUNS number;
  10. Must operate year-round and provide arts services and programs directly for the benefit of the public;
  11. Must provide an educational arts component to programs and services;
  12. AOSI: 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.

AOSII ONLY

  1. AOSII: Must have an average 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 and;
  3. Must pay an administrative staff person who reports to the governing body.

RESTRICTIONS/INELIGIBLE AOSI/AOSII APPLICANTS

Funding will NOT be awarded for the following:

  • Organizations whose primary purpose is not arts-based;
  • Organizations whose primary purpose is educational or instructional e.g., schools, universities, colleges, etc;
  • Entities that receive state operating support directly from the general assembly are NOT eligible for operating support.  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 institution;
  • Any organization whose sole or primary purpose is to fundraise (e.g., “friends of” groups, foundations, etc.) for an otherwise ineligible organization;
  • Any organization with an outstanding Final Grant Report due to the Regional Arts Partner/Indiana Arts Commission or;
  • An organization may not apply for IAC-based funding from both the IAC and a Regional Arts Partner or IAC administered Regional Initiative Grant program in the same fiscal year.

Guidelines

Guidelines for the Regional Initiative Grant Program are region-specific.  Applicants located outside of Region 7 should contact their Regional Arts Partner for guidelines and information on how to apply. Guidelines for current grantees are located on the Guidelines & Reporting page.

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 applicants are required to submit a “Notice of Intent to Apply” (LINK) by January 9, 2015, 4:30 EST.

Applicants located outside of Region 7 should contact their Regional Arts Partner for guidelines and information.  All applicants are responsible for understanding and complying with 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. 

Have questions about the program or your application? Attend a free grant information workshop in your area.

Review Process and Criteria

Panelists will review all applications and evaluate how well each addresses the review criteria using the Criteria Rating Sheets below. 

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 Region 7 panel date, time and location, applicant review order will be posted here.
  • All other regions should contact their Regional Arts Partner for panel information.
  • Audio will be posted here following the panel meeting. 

Contact Information

Please contact your Regional Arts Partner for more information.

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