Grants:Annual Grants Program

City of Indianapolis Annual Grants Program

Since 1987, the City of Indianapolis has invested in nonprofit arts and culture organizations through the Annual Grants Program, administered by the Indy Arts Council. 

In 2023, a record 85 organizations received funding to support the programs, exhibitions and activities that nearly 8 million residents and visitors enjoy each year.  

Applications are due February 16, 2024. Apply here.

Annual Grants Program

About the grant

Since 1987, the City of Indianapolis has invested in nonprofit arts and culture organizations through the Annual Grants Program, administered by the Indy Arts Council. 

In 2023, a record 85 organizations received funding to support the programs, exhibitions and activities that nearly 8 million residents and visitors enjoy each year.  

To ensure fairness, an independent panel of national grant professionals evaluates applications in a public process. Scoring centers diversity, equity, inclusion and access across three areas–community impact, artistic merit and organizational capacity, with an emphasis on racial equity.

To learn how the grants panel scored the 2023 applications, watch the recordings

Annual Grants Program

Eligible organizations:

  • Are a 501 (c)(3) organization or an organization fiscally sponsored by a 501 501 (c)(3) organization headquartered in Marion County, Indiana.
  • Have a minimum operating budget of $20,000.
  • Offer year-round arts & culture programs to the community.
  • Primarily serve Marion County residents.
  • STEP ONE

    Review the application guidelines.

    VIEW GUIDELINES
  • STEP TWO

    Review the scoring rubric.

    View Scoring Rubric
  • STEP THREE

    Attend a virtual workshop.

    View the pre-recorded workshop here or sign up for a live virtual workshop using the links below. You can access the workshop presentation slides here.

    • January 11 at 11 a.m. | Register here
    • January 24 at 3 p.m. | Register here
    • February 6 at 10 a.m. | Register here
  • STEP FOUR

    Complete your application.

    Apply Now

Connect with the grants team

Zachary Patterson

Zachary Patterson

Research & Evaluation Manager
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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.

Connect with the grants team

Nikki Kirk

Nikki Kirk

Director of Community Impact & Strategic Investment
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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.

Questions? Email grants@indyarts.org.

Annual Grants Program History

  • Our equity journey

  • Impact & Challenges

Annual Grants Program: Our equity journey

2015
Indy Arts Council adopts its equity statement.
2016
Program expands funding access to smaller arts organizations.
2020
City of Indianapolis adopts special resolution to address inequities of race, place and identity throughout City-County government. 
2021
Indy Arts Council and local arts leaders develop AGP scoring criteria that centers racial and socioeconomic equity. 

Annual Grants Program: Impact & Challenges

2015-2023
Organizations funded grew from 45 to 85.
POCC (people of color-centered) organizations funded grew from 2 to 16.
2020-2023
Audience diversity grew from 33% to 42%.
Arts organization board diversity increased from 28% to 31%.
Workforce diversity increased from 22% to 25%.
2023
POCC organizations represented 19% of grantees but received 12% of funding.
Arts organization CEO diversity decreased from 8% (5 of 65) to 6% (4 of 69) in 2023.

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.

Annual Grants Program