Level 1 Operating Support Program

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Level 1 Operating Support Program
Organizations with budgets of less than $250,000 annually, with exceptions for headquartered organizations.

2020 Application Timeline:

  • Application Release: December 16, 2019 (2020 Guidelines & Application Instructions)
  • Application Workshops (Click here to RSVP): 
    Wed., January 8, 3:00 PM 
    Wed., January 15, 5:30 PM 
    Wed., January 29, 5:30 PM 
    Wed., February 5, 3:00 PM
  • Application Deadline: February 14, 2020, 4:30 pm
  • Award Notification: May 2020
  • Support Period: Calendar year 2020 (January - December)

The Level 1 Operating Support program provides unrestricted investment in the general operations, administration, and programming of eligible arts and cultural organizations in Indianapolis/Marion County. Level 1 Operating Support grant recipients demonstrably advance the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ mission of sustaining a full creative life for all residents of this city. These investments are intended to supplement other revenue, both earned and contributed, generated by the organization. 

Grant Amount
Grants in the Level 1 Operating Support category range from $1,000 - $10,000.

Organizations must meet all criteria listed to be eligible for Level 1 Operating Support as outlined in the Guidelines and Application Instructions.

Accessing the Application
New applicants are only eligible to apply for the Level 1 Operating 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..

Review Criteria
Each application will be reviewed and scored by a conflict-free online panel. 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:

  • Artistic Merit (25%)
  • Community Impact (50%)
  • Organizational Capacity (25%)


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