Grants:Mental Health and Wellness Grants

Mental Health & Wellness Grants: Substance Abuse Prevention & Support

Indy Arts Council is now offering Mental Health & Wellness Grants to support artists and creative workers in navigating and preventing addiction and substance abuse.

These grants aim to help artists who are experiencing social and emotional challenges, but don’t have sufficient means to obtain treatment.

Round 1 applications are due March 31, 2024. Apply here.

Mental Health and Wellness Grants

About the grant

Indy Arts Council is now offering Mental Health & Wellness Grants to support artists and creative workers in navigating and preventing addiction and substance abuse.

These grants aim to help artists who are experiencing social and emotional challenges, but don’t have sufficient means to obtain treatment. These grants are intended to address, reduce, treat, and prevent substance abuse and addiction, and can cover costs for one-on-one therapy, support groups, art therapy, and wellness & mindfulness practices. Grant awards will range from $250 to $750.

Funding for these grants is made possible through the City of Indianapolis and the Opioid Settlement Funds.

Mental Health and Wellness Grants

Eligible applicants:

  • Are 18 years of age or older.
  • Are able to provide a Social Security Number (SSN), Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) or A-Number/USCIS Number.
  • Are a resident of Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion, Morgan, Johnson, or Shelby County.
  • Have worked professionally an artist or arts administrators for at least one year.

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.

Need additional help? Email grants@indyarts.org.

FAQs

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS GRANTS

Who is eligible to apply?

Eligible applicants:

  • Are 18 years of age or older.
  • Are able to provide a Social Security Number (SSN), Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) or A-Number/USCIS Number.
  • Are a resident of Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Marion, Morgan, Johnson, or Shelby County.
  • Have worked professionally an artist or arts administrators for at least one year.
When is my application due?

Deadlines for application review are the last day of each month at 11:59 p.m. throughout the grant periods:

Round 1: January 8 – March 31, 2024

Round 2: June 3 – September 1, 2024.

Applications are reviewed and applicants are notified on a monthly basis. Funding is on a rolling basis, and we cannot guarantee available funds throughout the entire period.

How do I find a counselor or therapist?

The Psychology Today database allows you to filter therapists by location, specialty, and your personal specifications. When emailing a therapist, be sure to explain why you are seeking therapy and what areas/topics you would like to address in your time with the therapist. There is the possibility the therapist you reach out to is not currently accepting new clients.

If that is the case, do not get discouraged. Reply with an email along the lines of: “Thank you for your reply. Do you have any peers or colleagues that you think would be a good fit based on the areas I am trying to work through?”

Most therapists will be able to connect you with a great network of like-minded peers. Additionally, if you have the time, be sure to “interview” multiple therapists. While a therapist might look good on paper, there is a chance you might not connect well with that person, and that is okay! They understand this and it is extremely important to have a therapist you trust to get the best results out of your sessions.

If awarded, how and when will I receive payment?

Applicants will be notified within 30 days of submitting their application. In some cases, the review panel may need further information during the review period. You may email grants@indyarts.org to inquire after 30 days. Payments will be issued on a monthly basis until all funds have been spent.

If I don’t have a resume, what can I submit?

Please provide information that will allow the panel to understand the work you have been doing, how long, and to what extent. You can submit a bio that includes dates to mark your career as an artist or arts administrator. You can also include a webpage and/or social media pages that provide background on your work in the arts & cultural sector.

What qualifies as evidence of artistic practice?

Digital images of artwork, video or audio files of performances, and other examples that show the professional nature of your work over the past two years.

What if I have more questions?

Contact the Indy Arts Council grants team at grants@indyarts.org or call 317-631-3301.

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