Annual Grants Program

Application Timeline & Resources:

2022 Annual Grants Program

  • Application Release Date: Mon., Jan. 10, 2022
  • Application Deadline: Fri., Feb. 25, 2022, 4:30 pm
  • Public Panel Review: April 12 - 15, 2022
  • Support Period: Calendar year 2022 (January - December)
  • Award Notification: By May 6, 2022

Draft review
  • Friday, February 4, 2022, 4:30 pm
open office hours (zoom)


For updates on grants, workshops, and deadlines

2022 Annual Grants Program

This year's Public Panel Review Meetings were livestreamed via Zoom Webinar April 12 - 15, 2022. You can view the recordings here.

New Applicant Eligibility

New applicants are only eligible to apply for the Level 1 Operating Support Program. To make the application process easier, first complete the eligibility survey, and then schedule a meeting with a member of the Investments team. An invitational password is required to begin an application (January 4 - February 18). 

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General Grant Information

Apply for one of our competitive grant programs and let us invest in your plans for the arts in Indianapolis.

Each year, the City of Indianapolis through the City-County Council allocates funding to the Arts Council to grant to Marion County arts organizations. The Arts Council’s Annual Grants Program is a three-tiered program of investment support for the arts in Indianapolis. Grants from the Arts Council will provide investments in the arts and cultural community, reflecting the changes of our growing city and ever-expanding arts community.

Grant applications are adjudicated in a public process that is free from conflicts of interest and assures fairness and professionalism.

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 evaluation criteria below. The criteria center racial diversity, equity, inclusion, and access across three areas, with an emphasis on racial equity.

  • Community Impact (50%)
  • Artistic Merit (25%)
  • Organizational Capacity (25%)

The Arts Council of Indianapolis 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 believe in a full creative life for all.

The 2021 public review panel 

The public review process took place April 6-9. Panelists included Alison McNeil of McNeil Creative Enterprises in Arlington, Va.; Ann McKim of the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana in Evansville; Eboni Lewis of the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte, N.C.; Dr. Antonio Cuyler of Florida State University; Dr. Gregory Charleston of Goucher College in Baltimore, Md.; Kathy Hsieh of the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture; Kate Fox of the New York City Office of Cultural Affairs; Kyle Rupert of Jasper (Ind.) Community Arts; Tetia Lee of the Tippecanoe Arts Federation in Lafayette, Ind.; and Tamara Winfrey-Harris of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. 

Organizations receiving 2021 Annual Grants Program funding (in alphabetical order) include:

American Pianists Association $16,650
ArtMix $22,500
Arts for Lawrence $6,000
Arts for Learning Indiana $35,219
Asante Art Institute of Indianapolis (Asante Children’s Theatre) $50,000
Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site $2,300
Big Car Collaborative $37,800
Brick Street Poetry $2,900
Buck Creek Players $2,100
The Cabaret $31,282
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis $75,000
Classical Music Indy $4,500
Claude McNeal Productions $4,400
Dance Kaleidoscope $19,800
The District Theatre $6,000
Drum Corps International $2,900
Echoing Air $2,300
Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art $75,000
Ensemble Music Society of Indianapolis $2,000
Festival Music Society $2,500
Footlite Musicals $2,000
Freetown Village $8,000
Fonseca Theatre Company $45,610
Harrison Center for the Arts $24,519
Heartland Film $4,500
Hoosier Salon Patrons Association $2,000
Indiana Fashion Foundation Corporation $6,000
Indiana Historical Society $5,000
Indiana Music Education Association $3,000
Indiana Performing Arts Centre $10,000
Indiana Repertory Theatre $75,000
Indiana State Museum $75,000
Indiana Writers Center $5,000
Indianapolis Art Center $22,719
Indianapolis Ballet Inc. $7,000
Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra $13,050
Indianapolis Children's Choir $15,300
Indianapolis Film Project (dba Kan Kan) $4,800
Indianapolis Jazz Foundation $39,584
Indianapolis Men's Chorus $5,500
Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective $5,800
Indianapolis Opera $19,719
Indianapolis Shakespeare Company (dba Indy Shakes) $7,000
Indianapolis Suzuki Academy $3,700
Indianapolis Symphonic Choir $12,150
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra $75,000
Indianapolis Women's Chorus $5,500
Indianapolis Zoo $20,000
IndyBaroque Music Inc. $2,700
The Indy Convergence $3,500
IndyFringe $26,282
International Violin Competition of Indianapolis $21,150
Kids Dance Outreach $34,018
Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library $45,610
Madam Walker Legacy Center $30,000
Music For All $5,000
The New Harmony Project $4,000
NoExit Performance $3,300
PATTERN $4,100
Percussive Arts Society $4,500
Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis $4,200
Phoenix Theatre Cultural Centre $30,219
Sapphire Theatre Company $4,400
Storefront Theatre of Indianapolis $4,400
Storytelling Arts of Indiana $6,000
Summer Stock Stage $4,000
Summit Performance Indianapolis $3,500
WFYI $20,000
Young Actors Theatre (dba REACT) $30,519
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