Grants

Each year, Indy Arts Council offers a number of grant programs to artists and arts administrators. These grants enhance and support the development of quality arts performances, programs, professional development, services, exhibitions, and arts activities throughout central Indiana. Grant applications are adjudicated in an objective process that is free from conflicts of interest and assures fairness and professionalism.

Our grant programs fall into two categories: grants for individuals and grants for organizations.

We invite all eligible applicants to apply for a grant opportunity.

Previous Grants

  • Beckmann Emerging Artist Fellowships

  • Public Art for Neighborhoods

  • Indy Keeps Creating Relief Grants

Nearly 35 artists have used these $3,500 grants early in their careers to develop their knowledge and skills. They recorded new music, choreographed dances, bought supplies and rented studios, traveled and studied, and more. Many of these artists now have established careers and are well-known in Indianapolis and beyond. 

Since 2008, Indy Arts Council has awarded $3,500 grants to central Indiana-based emerging musicians, dancers, theater lighting designers, painters, poets, sculptors and other artists. This program ends in 2024 with a final round of Beckmann fellows, who will be announced in December 2023. 

The Beckmann Emerging Artist Fellowships honored the legacy of Robert D. Beckmann, Jr., a visual and performing artist and founding member of Indy Arts Council. And after 15 years, the fellowship program will end with the final round of Beckmann artists announced in December 2023. 

 

Public Art for Neighborhoods pairs artists with communities to collaborate on arts & culture projects that residents can enjoy and appreciate. These $500 to $5,000 grants–supported by the City of Indianapolis–can be used for initiatives such as:

  • Arts & culture activities in public spaces.
  • A public art project, such as a mural or sculpture.
  • Maintenance/repair of public art.
  • Arts collaborations with other community initiatives such as education, public safety, food justice or health services.
  • Note: New ideas are welcome.
Public Art for Neighborhoods

The Arts Council launched #IndyKeepsCreating in March 2020 as a hashtag to rally artists, arts organizations, and stakeholders facing the isolation and other challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also became the umbrella name for a series of grant programs supporting independent artists and nonprofit organizations that suffered major financial losses.

In 2020, the Arts Council was entrusted to administer nearly $14 million to help ensure #IndyKeepsCreating through relief and recovery funding for independent artists and nonprofit arts organizations.

In 2021, the initiative evolved to include:

  • Artist Restart Grants: Covering the tools, studio rentals, rehearsal spaces, submission fees, and other work-related costs. More than 175 $1,000 grants were distributed in the summer to help artists restart their careers.
  • Wug Laku Mental Health & Wellness Grants: Created to provide access to mental health care and wellness programs for artists and arts administrators. The $250 and $750 grants honored the legacy of Wug Laku, a local artist and mentor who died in 2017 due to untreated mental illness.
  • The Indy Keeps Creating Series: Featured artist- and community-led cultural activities from August 2021 to March 2022 including the Sidewalk Galleries, Cultural Connection Series, and Music Series. The program was supported by $500,000 in American Rescue Plan Act funding made available through the City of Indianapolis.
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FAQs

Grants

Am I eligible to apply?

Equitable access to arts funding for all arts organizations and artists in Indianapolis a guiding principle of Indy Arts Council’s grant making. Such funding will unite arts organizations and artists with diverse populations of our community to nurture a thriving culture for the arts within the City of Indianapolis.

Each grant may have specific eligibility requirements. If so, those details will be clear within each grant program description and application. Please refer to each grant specifically before applying.

How can I apply?

When grant funding opens, the application link will be live on our website. Additionally, information about applying will be included in our Artist Opportunities newsletter. Sign up here.

I applied, when will I hear back?

If you receive a confirmation after submitting your application, you did the hard part! Timelines will be included in grant information, when available. Otherwise, the grant review team and/or Indy Arts Council will be in touch when decisions are made. Please make sure your contact information is current in all applications so we can reach you.

How is the money allocated?

Grant funding is allocated based on the specific grant. Details will be included in the grant description and application.

How can I connect to the Indy Arts Council staff with questions?

Grants questions, if not answered within the specific grant description or application, should be directed to Nikki Kirk or Zach Patterson.

For questions about eligibility requirements and our grant programs in general, join Nikki during office hours on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sign up for a 1:1 session here.

For questions about the grants portal, the application process, and tech issues, join Zach during office hours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Sign up for a 1:1 session here.

Need additional help? Email grants@indyarts.org or call 317-631-3301.

Equity Statement

We will make equitable access to arts funding for all arts organizations and artists in Indianapolis a guiding principle of Arts Council grant making. Such funding will unite arts organizations and artists with diverse populations of our community to nurture a thriving culture for the arts within the City of Indianapolis.