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December 8, 2014 / ivytechartspartner

Arts Commission announces deadline for intent to apply for Arts Operating Support grant programs

(Indianapolis, Indiana) – The Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) announced today that a “notice of intent to apply” is required for all organizations desiring to apply for Fiscal Year 2016 Arts Operating Support (AOS I, II, III) grant funding.

Organizations must complete a notice of intent to apply form by 4:30 p.m. (EST) January 9, 2015. The notice of intent to apply may be found at:

In addition, changes in the grant guidelines will impact grant applicants beginning Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016) in the grant levels of Arts Operating Support (AOS) I, II, and III.

The notice of intent form reflects revised eligibility guidelines for operating support grants which require that “providing arts activities or services” be a primary mission, purpose, and focus of the applicant organization.

“The programs and services of the Indiana Arts Commission are constantly under review by our commissioners to insure we are maximizing the impact of grant funds, producing public arts benefits for our citizens,” said Lewis C. Ricci, IAC Executive Director. “The refined eligibility guidelines for Arts Operating Support grants will sharpen the focus of IAC operating support for organizations which are primarily arts organizations at their core, and thereby produce pervasive public arts benefit on a consistent and continuous basis.”

Examples of qualifying organizations would be arts producing, arts promoting, arts presenting, artist services, or arts teaching organizations. The organizations must be a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt status 501 (c) (3) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), or an Indiana public entity (part of city or county government).

Guidelines for these grant programs are now available online at the IAC website or through your Regional Arts partner. To find your Regional Arts Partner, please visit: Organizations considering applying for AOS I, II, or III should carefully read through the new guidelines. The notice of intent form, due January 9, 2015, will determine eligibility to apply for these grants.

Guidelines for organizations applying for AOS III, or those organizations in Region 7 (Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, and Shelby counties), should consult directly with IAC staff Becca Hopson and visit the IAC website at:

The Indiana Arts Commission is dedicated to the vision of the arts everywhere, everyday, for everyone in Indiana.




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