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Regional Initiative Grants (RIG) - Arts Organization Support (AOS) I

Grants to Wabash Valley, Indiana Arts
Nonprofits for General Operating Support

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Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) and Arts Illiana

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03/01/18 4:30 PM ET


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Grants to Wabash Valley, Indiana arts-based nonprofits to support general organizational operations. Applicants not currently receiving funds through this program must submit a Letter of Intent by January 17. Funding will help support the ongoing administrative and artistic functions of qualifying arts organizations.

The mission of Arts Illiana is to promote, support, and enhance the arts and cultural activities of the Wabash Valley. Arts Illiana's primary service area includes the Indiana counties of Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo.

Evaluation Criteria:

-Community Engagement: The extent to which the applicant can demonstrate: (1) an active, two-way and ongoing relationship between the applicant and the community in the planning, participation and evaluation of the proposed project; and, (2) efforts towards community inclusion such as ensuring fair access and a diversity in participants including individuals with disabilities and other underserved populations.

-Organizational Excellence: The extent to which the applicant organization can demonstrate sound fiscal management and administrative policies and a demonstrable commitment to continuous improvement; and innovation in the preservation and development of the art form.

-Arts Education: The extent to which the applicant organization can demonstrate strategies designed to transfer specific training, skills, abilities and/or knowledge in the arts through publicly recognized standards. (e.g. workshop leader has relevant experience; education standards are integrated if a school-based activity.)

-Artistic Quality: The extent to which an artistic activity demonstrates quality through one or more of the following considerations: artistic intent, inquiry, competency, authenticity, process or impact.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167363

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grant award cannot be more than 20% of the applicant’s three year cash operating income average. These completed cash financial statements must have been approved by the organization’s Board of Directors.

The AOS I budget breakdowns are:
-Less than $50,000 (Average FY2018 grant for this Region was $5,834)
-$50,000 to $99,999 (Average FY2018 grant for this Region was $5,834)
-$100,000 to $174,999 (Average FY2018 grant for this Region was $6,807)
-$175,000 to $249,999 (Average FY2018 grant for this Region was $7,779)

Term of Contract:

The grant period is July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Arts Organization Support: Operating support for non-profit arts organizations and institutions (Organizations with cash operating income/expenses (average of last three fiscal years) $250,00 or more will apply for AOS II.) (Organizations with cash operating income/expenses (average of last three fiscal years) between $50,000 and $250,000 will apply for AOS I)

All applicants must meet all of the following eligibility requirements at the time of application:

1. Be an arts producing, promoting, presenting service or teaching organization as demonstrated by:
a. Significant evidence that it is viewed as an arts organization by its community;
b. Arts as core purpose, mission, and focus. The organization’s Articles of Incorporation and/or Bylaws must reflect this core purpose;
c. The majority of public programs are arts programs and occur with regular, scheduled frequency throughout the year;
d. Facility space (indoor and or outdoor) is utilized predominantly as arts production or arts activity space (as applicable);
e. A proportionate amount of operating budget is allocated to direct arts programs and services;
f. Provide significant, verifiable arts education-focused programming.

2. Be a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt agency with either 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) OR be an Indiana public entity (part of city or county);

3. Must be incorporated in the State of Indiana;

4. Must be physically located in Indiana, have an address in the region to which the organization is applying, with the majority of its arts programming, services, or activities taking place in Indiana, and must primarily serve and engage Indiana audiences and participants;

5. Must have operating history as an Indiana-based arts organization for two consecutive full years before applying to the Arts Organization Support grant program for the first time;

6. Must have a governing body that is representative of the organization’s service area;

7. Must annually implement program planning and evaluation processes with input from the community to be served;

8. Must have a DUNS number.

Funding in the AOS I Grant Program will NOT be awarded for the following:
-Organizations whose primary purpose is not arts-based as de ned by item number one above;
-Organizations whose primary purpose is educational or instructional e.g., schools, universities, colleges, etc;
-Entities that receive state-level operating support or non-project support directly from the Indiana 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;
-An organization may apply for only one Regional Initiative Grant (APS, AOSI, or AOSII) in the same fiscal year.
-If an organization has a foundation 501(c)(3) that exists to directly serve or bene t the organization, only one of the two entities may apply for a Regional Initiative Grant (APS, AOSI, AOSII, or AOSIII) in the same fiscal year.

Funding Restrictions:

The funding from the grant award may be used to support most aspects of the arts organization’s annual operating expenses (not including capital expenses). Acceptable expenses include artists’ fees, administrative fees, staff development and training, space and equipment rental, promotional costs, personnel and production costs, and supplies needed to support the programming activities. IAC funds can provide fee subsidies to presenting organizations that wish to purchase the grantee’s services.

The grant award funding may not be used to cover unacceptable expenses which include: cash reserves; de cit reduction, or de cit elimination; events in private dwellings or other locations not open to the general public; consumable supplies and materials; capital acquisitions (purchase of artwork, etc.); capital expenditures; equipment, restoration, or new construction of buildings; travel outside the United States; indirect costs or underwriting for ongoing residencies or curricular programs in degree-granting colleges and universities; projects to be delivered outside the state of Indiana; project expenses outside the grant period; and activities that are solely for the purpose of fundraising, private functions, religious services, lobbying activities, or any non-public activity.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant Information Workshops for FY 19 Regional Initiative Grants will be offered in January 2018. Watch for posted dates or email Sheri Wright for more information.

Pre-Application Information:

All grant recipients must provide a match for every dollar provided by the Indiana Arts Commission with one dollar of the organization’s own funds. The match may be a combination of in-kind – at least 50% must be cash. The cash match can constitute funds from the applicant organization’s budget.

The Letter of Intent (LOI) will determine program eligibility, and all applicants not currently receiving arts organization support must submit a Letter of Intent by January 17, 2018, 4:30 PM EST and receive approval via a Notice of Eligibility to Apply to apply to this program.

-Grant Period: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019
-Letter of Intent to Apply Due: January 17, 2018, 4:30 p.m. eastern time
-Eligibility Notifications Sent to Applicants by: January 26, 2018
-Application Due: March 1, 2018, 4:30 PM eastern time
-Grant Review Panel: Spring 2018
-Award Notification: Early July 2018
-First Payment (75%): September – October 2018
-Final Grant Report Due: July 12, 2019, 4:30 PM eastern time
-Second Payment (25%): September – October 2019

More information about Arts Illiana may be found here:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Sherri Wright, Regional Services Coordinator
(812) 235-5007

Arts Illiana
23 North 6th St.
Terre Haute, IN 47807

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Clay, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan, Vermillion, and Vigo Counties