Legacy Support Program

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Organizations with budgets greater than $5 million annually

2018 Timeline:

  • Application Release: No applications accepted in 2018
  • Year 1 Interim Report Due: March 30, 2018
  • Year 2 Interim Due: March 29, 2019
  • Year 3 Final Report Due: March 27, 2020

Support Period
January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017
and January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018
and January 1, 2019 – December 30, 2019

About the Legacy Support Program
Through the Legacy Support Program, the Arts Council created an investment strategy for legacy cultural institutions to support community engagement programs, deep outreach efforts aimed at increasing diversity of audiences, and model and promote best practices in creative programming that will bolster citywide efforts to strengthen neighborhoods and communities. A Legacy organization is defined as an arts and cultural institution with an annual operating budget over $5 million and a majority of total audience engagement occurring in Marion County.

Organizations supported through this category represent the largest cultural institutions that have the largest local audience impact.

The Legacy Support Program is a three-year investment program from 2017 to 2019. Organizations that receive a Legacy Support grant will be required to fill out an interim report at the end of year 1 (2017) and year 2 (2018). However, funding for years 2 (2018) and 3 (2019) of the program is dependent upon approval of arts funding in the city budget. Approval of the city budget occurs annually. Final reports will be completed at the end of year 3 (2019).

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:

  • Public Impact: Outreach/New Audiences (40%)
  • Arts Programming and Administration (30%)
  • Arts Education and/or Lifelong Learning (30%)

New applicants are only eligible to apply for the Project Support Program.

To make the application process easier for new applicants, the Grant Contact of the applying organization must contact the Grant Services team at (317) 631-3301 to confirm eligibility 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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