Annual Grants Program

2018 Timeline

2018 Timeline
- Application Release: January 2018 (To be confirmed)
- Application Deadline: February 2018 (To be confirmed)
- Review of Application: March 2018 (To be confirmed)
- Award Notification: May 2018 (To be confirmed) 

General Grant Information

Apply for one of our competitive grant programs and let us invest in your plans for the arts in 2018.

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 Grant Program has evolved into 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.

  • Project Support Program (Budgets less than $250,000 annually, with exceptions for headquartered organizations)
  • Cultural Advancement Support Program (Budgets $250,000 - $5 million annually)
  • Legacy Support Program (Budgets greater than $5 million annually)

New applicants are eligible to apply for the Project Support Program. To make the application process easier for new applicants, the Grant Contact of the applying organization must contact the Grant Services team at (317) 631-3301 to confirm eligibility prior to beginning an application. For more information, please contact Leesa Jing at (317) 631-3301 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

Thank you to our funders

Indiana Arts Commission
CICF
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