The Indy Arts and Culture Restart & Resilience Fund is designed to help Indy’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations address new, unexpected capital and operating expenses due to COVID-19 so they can safely reopen and deliver their missions. The $10 million Fund is made possible by the support of Lilly Endowment Inc.
This is a noncompetitive process, and eligible organizations should apply for funding when they are ready to present a reopening plan. These one-time grants will be distributed over 17 months to help offset the new, unexpected capital and operating expenses organizations are facing as they reopen safely and deliver their missions.
To support the development of an appropriate plan, the Arts Council is providing weekly consulting with experts in grant writing, safety guidelines, and scenario planning. See the website timetable for more details.
No. There is no rush to apply with concern that funding will run out. The Fund is designed to help Indy’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations of all sizes and disciplines address new, unexpected capital and operating expenses due to COVID-19 so they can safely reopen and deliver their missions. All recipients of the Arts Council of Indianapolis Annual Grants Program are pre-approved for eligibility.
No. The total 501(c)(3) must be dedicated principally to the performance, exhibition, and/or presentation of arts and/or cultural programming.
No. You do not need to submit receipts. However, awarded programs must comply with the requirements of the grant agreement, including providing a final report and an accounting of the expenditures.
One-time grants of $5,000 up to $500,000 per organization, based on the organization’s total operating budget for the previous fiscal or calendar year. These grants are designed to address new, unexpected capital and operating expenses that organizations are facing due to COVID-19.
Tier 1: Operating budget of $20,000 - $99,999 (may apply for up to $5,000)
Tier 2: Operating budget of $100,000 - $249,999 (may apply for up to $20,000)
Tier 3: Operating budget of $250,000 - $499,999 (may apply for up to $60,000)
Tier 4: Operating budget of $500,000 - $899,999 (may apply for up to $85,000)
Tier 5: Operating budget of $900,000 - $1,499,999 (may apply for up to $110,000)
Tier 6: Operating budget of $1,500,000 - $4,999,999 (may apply for up to $195,000)
Tier 7: Operating budget of $5,000,000+ (may apply for up to $500,000)
Yes, eligible organizations will be able to request new, unanticipated capital and operating support to safely reopen and reimagine their mission in a new world informed by the realities of COVID-19.
Any use of these grant funds to support staffing needs must address new, unanticipated expenses due to COVID required to reopen and/or adjust your operating model. These funds are not intended to cover expenses that were part of your pre-COVID planned general operating support. We know organizations have had to make excruciating, difficult decisions about staff in order to sustain and survive during the pandemic. PPP and other relief funds were designed to help bridge and support lost income resulting in some of those decisions. This fund is designed to address the unexpected investments required to support future mission delivery based on your reopening plan, including staffing investments.
Possibly, but only if the racial equity and diversity training is a new, unanticipated expense required to reopen and adjust your operating model in a new world informed by COVID-19 realities.
In general, any expense incurred prior to the May 1 announcement of the Back On Track Indiana plan will not be considered eligible for funding. Those expenses incurred following May 1 must be new, unexpected, and directly related to your organization’s reopening/recovery strategy in order to be considered eligible for funding.