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January 17, 2012 / ivytechartspartner

Region 8 grant cycle for the Indiana Arts Commission’s Regional Initiative Grants

For more information, please contact:

Renee Chambers, Program Director, Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, 812-333-9016 

Bloomington, IN – The Community Foundation of Bloomington & Monroe County, on behalf of Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus, announced the deadline for the 2012-2013 Region 8 grant cycle for the Indiana Arts Commission’s Regional Initiative Grants. Applications for two categories of grants will be accepted in Region 8:

  • Arts Project Support (APS) – APS grants are designed to support new and existing arts projects and activities produced or presented by an Indiana non-profit organization. The objective is to provide general public access to quality arts and cultural activities, with special attention to underserved communities, and to provide general public access to educational opportunities where Indiana citizens of all ages can learn about and experience different art forms and participate in arts activities.
  • Arts Operating Support I (AOS I) – AOS I is specifically geared to Indiana arts and cultural organizations with budgets of $250,000 or less. 

*AOS II applications are not open for FY2013.

 Any organization applying for funding in the Arts Project Support (APS) and Arts Organization Support I (AOS I) categories must submit an electronic application to the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) by March 5, 2012. 

Grant application guidelines are available for download from  Ivy Tech has initiated a partnership with the Community Foundation of Bloomington & Monroe County as IAC’s Region 8 grant administrator.  Anyone needing assistance with the application process should contact the Community Foundation’s Program Director, Renee Chambers at (812) 333-9016 or

 To aid arts’ organizations in the grant application process, the Community Foundation is offering three workshop sessions:

  • BROWN COUNTY – Wednesday, January 25 at 2:00 p.m., Willow Manor Senior Apartment Complex, 71 Willow Street, Nashville, Indiana, 47448. Parking is available on the east and west sides of the lot only (the center is reserved for residents)
  • MONROE COUNTY – Friday, January 27 at 2:00 p.m., Ivy Tech Bloomington-Liberty Drive room L133
  • LAWRENCE COUNTY – Monday, January 30 at 2:30 p.m., Lawrence County Community Foundation, 1324 K Street Suite 150, Bedford, Indiana 47421.

These sessions are open to any non-profit organization, municipality or school that is planning arts related activities for the upcoming fiscal year. All workshops will be free and will focus on eligibility, guidelines, the application process, and the review process for arts organizations in Region 8. Workshop attendance is not required for grant submission but is strongly encouraged. Changes to the grant guidelines and application process will be reviewed at each meeting. Advance registration is requested for these workshops as space is limited. Please RSVP to Renee Chambers, or 812-333-9016.

 The Indiana Arts Commission established the Regional Partnership Initiative in 1995 to better provide arts services to the residents of Indiana. Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is the Regional Partner for south-central Indiana’s Region 8 which covers Brown, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Morgan, Orange and Owen counties. In addition to providing funds, the Regional Partnership also provides technical assistance, and information and referral about arts and cultural organizations in the region. Ivy Tech Bloomington has partnered with the Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County for the Region 8 grants administration.

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