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Annual Grants Program

2023 Application Resources


Application Release 
January 9, 2023

Draft Submission Deadline
February 3, 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
February 24, 2023, 4:30 p.m.

Public Panel Review
April 11 - 14, 2023

Support Period
Calendar year 2023 (January - December)

Award Notification
By May 19, 2023


Click here to view the 2023 Annual Grants Program Guidelines.


Applicants may submit a preliminary draft of their application for feedback from the Indy Arts Council grant services team. Please submit a draft by February 3, 2023 at 4:30 p.m.


We can answer questions during virtural office hours every other Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon. Register here.

We are offering additional virtual office hours for Annual Grants Program applicants from 11 a.m. - noon on Jan. 17, Jan. 31, and Feb. 14, 2023. Register here.

In-person at Indy Arts Council:
Join us for in-person office hours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 23, 2023. Applicants can use our WiFi, get assistance with uploading documents, and request any last minute support. No registration required.

Applications for the 2024 Annual Grants Program will open in January 2024.


Congratulations to a record 85 nonprofit arts and culture organizations that received funding to support their general operations. Read the full announcement here.

A panel of national grant professionals reviewed applications April 11-14. You can watch the recordings on YouTube.

About The Annual Grants Program

Since 1987, the City of Indianapolis has invested in nonprofit arts and culture organizations through the Annual Grants Program, which has evolved based on our growing creative economy. 

The Indy Arts Council administers the grants, which support the development of performances, programs, exhibitions, and activities throughout Indianapolis and Marion County. Applications open in January each year.

Review Criteria

Grant applications are reviewed by a public, independent panel to remove conflicts of interest and ensure fairness. Scoring criteria center diversity, equity, inclusion, and access across three areas, with an emphasis on racial equity.

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

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 believe in a full creative life for all.

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Thank you to our funders

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Indiana Arts Commission
Clowes Charitable Foundation