Level 3 Operating Support Program

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Level 3 Operating Support Program
Organizations with budgets greater than $5 million annually.

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)

Purpose
The Level 3 Operating Support program provides unrestricted investment in the general operations, administration, and programming of eligible arts and cultural organizations in Indianapolis/Marion County. Level 3 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. Organizations supported through this category represent the largest cultural institutions that have the greatest local audience impact.

Grant Amount
Grants in the Level 3 Operating Support category are $70,000.

Eligibility
Organizations must meet all criteria listed to be eligible for Level 3 Operating Support as outlined in the Guidelines and Application Instructions.

Accessing the Application
In order to gain access to the Level 3 Operating 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 Level 1 Operating 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..

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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