Project Support Program

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Project Support Program
Organizations with budgets of less than $250,000 annually, with exceptions for headquartered organizations

Application Timeline:

  • Application Released: November 15, 2018 (2019 Guidelines and Application Instructions)
  • Application Workshops: 
    Thurs., Nov. 15, 5:30 pm
    Thurs., Dec. 6, 3:00 pm
    Thurs., Jan. 10, 5:30 pm
    Tues., Jan. 29, 3:30 pm
  • Application Deadline: February 8, 2019, 4:30 pm
  • Award Notification: May 2019
  • Support period: Calendar year 2019 (January - December)

About the Project Support Program
The Project Support category provides direct funding to arts and cultural organizations that work directly in communities and neighborhoods – a goal we share with our funding partner, the City of Indianapolis. Grants in the Project Support category range from $1,000 - $10,000. This category is ideal for emergent arts organizations as well as those established institutions requiring support for specific projects in the arts.

Review Criteria
Each application will be reviewed and scored by a conflict-free online panel. Applications will be scored on a 100-point scale. The scores will be included as part of a funding formula that determines grant awards. Information submitted in the application will be reviewed according to the following evaluation criteria:

  • Project Strength (50%)
  • Organizational Capacity (25%)
  • Public Impact and Outreach (25%)

Accessing the Application
New applicants are only eligible to apply for the Project Support Program. 
To make the application process easier for new applicants, a representative from your organization must contact the Grant Services team at (317) 631-3301 to confirm eligibility and receive the invitational password prior to beginning an application. For more information, please contact Rishard Allen at (317) 631-3301 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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