Community Foundation of St. Joseph County

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Grant Application Process Info

Indiana Arts Commission grants awarded through the Regional Arts Partnership are available to qualifying nonprofit organizations through a competitive application process. Nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations or public entities with eligible arts programming and addresses in the following counties are eligible to apply for funding from the Region 2 Partner, the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County: Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, Marshall, St. Joseph, and Starke.

Letter of Intent required for NEW Arts Organization Support (AOS-I and AOS-II) Applicants - Deadline: January 15, 2019, 4:30 p.m. EST
The letter of intent (LOI) will determine program eligibility and all applicants not currently receiving arts organization support must submit a Letter of Intent by January 15, 2019, 4:30PM EST and receive approval to apply to this program. Click here to create a profile and complete the LOI. 

Full Application Deadline: March 5, 2019, 4:30 p.m. EST

Grant Period: For Arts Project Support and Arts Organization Support I the grant period is Fiscal Year 2020 or July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.  The grant cycle for Arts Organization Support II is for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021, or July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021. The difference between Arts Organization Support I and II depends on organization budget size, outlined in the guidelines linked below.

Grant Category Summaries:

(More detailed eligibility information is provided in full guideline documents.)

Arts Project Support Grant (APS) - Providing funding to Indiana arts and non-arts organizations to support a distinct aspect of the organization’s arts activities, such as a one-time event; a single production; an exhibition; an educational seminar; or series of related arts activities, such as art classes or training sessions. Download the PDF guidelines here.

Arts Organization Support I (AOS I) - Providing one year of annual operating support for the ongoing artistic and administrative functions of eligible arts organizations that align with the Indiana Arts Commission's Public Funding Imperatives. Applicant must be an arts producing, promoting, presenting service or teaching organization as outlined in the Eligibility Section of guidelines. AOSI applicants that meet eligibility requirements fall into this category with annual cash operating income and expenses up to $249,999 over a three-year average as supported by most recent Financial Statement. The grant award cannot be more than 20% of the applicant's three year cash operating income average. Download the PDF guidelines here.

Arts Organization Support II (AOS II) - Providing annual operating support for the ongoing artistic and administrative functions of eligible arts organizations that align with the Indiana Arts Commission's Public Funding Imperatives. Applicant must be an arts producing, promoting, presenting service or teaching organization as outlined in the Eligibility Section of guidelines. AOS II applicants that meet eligibility requirements fall into this category with annual cash operating income and expenses of $250,000 or more over a three-year average as supported by most recent Financial Statement. Download the PDF guidelines here.

Accessing the Application

All applications must be completed within the Indiana Arts Commission’s Online Grant System. If accessing the system for the first time, you must first create a profile. Click apply and then type "region 2" into the search bar. Again, please note that organizations applying under the arts organization support program for the first time must complete the Letter of Intent form and submit by January 15, 2019, 4:30pm ET.

Grant Information Workshops

Current grantees and new applicants are invited and strongly encouraged to come learn about the grant categories, the online grant system, application process, and changes for this year. This workshop will be offered three times. Each session will cover the same material, so attendees need only register for one session. 

Thursday, January 24, 2019 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Plymouth Public Library (Room Laramore A)
201 North Center Street, Plymouth, IN 46563
 
Monday, January 28, 2019 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Elkhart Public Library - Downtown Branch (Room 1)
300 S. Second Street, Elkhart, IN 46516 

NEW DATE: Monday, February 4, 2019 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library - Downtown Branch (Eisen Room)                        
209 Lincolnway East, Mishawaka, IN 46544

To register, or for questions regarding the process, contact Kayla Myers, Program Officer, by email ([email protected]) or phone (574-232-0041). Please provide your name, the name of the organization you represent, and appropriate contact information.