Cultural Advancement Support Program

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Cultural Advancement Support Program
Organizations with budgets between $250,000 to $5 million annually

2019 Timeline (Subject to change pending funding):

  • 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
  • Suppor period: Calendar year 2019 (January - December)

About the Cultural Advancement Support
Through the Cultural Advancement Support Program, the Arts Council created a cultural advancement investment portfolio to build the capacity and create sustainable operations of mid-sized arts and cultural institutions through unrestricted operating support. Organizations supported through this category represent arts and cultural entities of high artistic merit, regularly employing artists, and creating new and relevant work for the benefit of Indianapolis’ residents and visitors alike.

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

  • Arts Programming and Artistic Quality (25%)
  • Administration and Organizational Excellence (25%)
  • Arts Education and/or Lifelong Learning (25%)
  • Public Benefit: Outreach/New Audiences (25%)

Accessing the Application
In order to gain access to the Cultural Advancement Support application, a representative from your organization must contact the Grant Services team at (317) 631-3301 to verify eligibility and receive the invitational password. New applicants are only eligible to apply for the Project Support program. 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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