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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.


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
Currently, awards in this category are up to $10,000, with a minimum of $2,000, however the final award is conditional upon availability of funds appropriated and allotted to the Arts Council of Indianapolis from the City of Indianapolis.

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 to confirm eligibility and receive the invitational password prior to beginning an application. For more information, please contact 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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