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Grants for Individuals

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.

Grants and Fellowships for individuals include:

Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship Program
A two-year sabbatical-like fellowship for artists and administrators that have worked in the arts for 5 or more years.
Award Amount: $10,000

Robert D. Beckmann Jr. Emerging Artist Fellowship
A one-year fellowship for local emerging artists to jumpstart their career.
Award Amount: $3,500

DeHaan Artist of Distinction Award
A one-year project-based award for an established visual artist.
Award Amount: $10,000

Wug Laku Mental Health & Wellness Grants
Provide access to mental health care for artists & arts administrators including, one-on-one therapy, support groups, art therapy, and wellness practices.
Award Amount: $750 or $250

Emergency (Catastrophic) Grants
Emergency grants for artists and arts & culture workers who have recently experienced a catastrophic event and need assistance.
Award Amount: Determined based on application. 

Before you begin work on applications for these grant and fellowship opportunities, be sure to read carefully through the guidelines, including the eligibility requirements.

Click here to see answers to some frequently asked questions. 

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Equity Statement

Indy Arts Council is committed to working with the arts and cultural community to cultivate a sector that serves, celebrates, and values every resident of Indianapolis. We envision a city where engagement in the arts is not pre-determined by socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. We see a robust and successful arts and cultural community as:

  • A city where all artists, creative workers, audiences, and students have full access to the robust creative arts resources of our community and in which their varied histories, voices, and life experiences are honored.
  • A city where equitable access to arts funding and programs for all arts organizations and artists is expected and delivered.
  • A city where such funding and programs unite arts organizations and artists with diverse populations in our community to nurture a community where every resident sees themselves as belonging, learning, and participating in the arts sector.

We believe these closely held tenets will sustain a full creative life for all.

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