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.

Fiscal Year 2018 Region 2 Grant Panel Review:
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Arts Organization Support Applications: 9:30a.m. – Noon
Arts Project Support Applications: 1:30p.m. – 4:00p.m.
WNIT Public Television – Conference Room
300 W. Jefferson Blvd, South Bend, IN 46601

Letter of Intent required for ALL Arts Organization Support (AOS) Applicants - Deadline: January 18, 2017, 4:30 p.m. EST
The letter of intent (LOI) will determine program eligibility and all AOS applicants MUST submit a LOI by the noted deadline and receive approval via a Notice of Eligibility to apply to this program. Click here to access and complete the LOI through the NEW online system

Full Application Deadline: March 1, 2017, 4:30 p.m. EST

Grant Period: For Arts Project Support and Arts Organization Support I the grant period is Fiscal Year 2018 or July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.  For Arts Organization Support II the grant period is Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018) and Fiscal Year 2019 (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019).

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 PDF guidelines here.

Arts Organization Support I (AOSI) - 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 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 PDF guidelines here.

Arts Organization Support II (AOSII) - Providing two years of annual operating support for the ongoing artistic and administrative functions of eligible arts organizationsthat align with the Indiana Arts Commission's Public Funding Imperatives. Must meet all AOSI requirements plus: have annual cash operating income and expense over $250,000 over a three-year average as supported by most recent Financial Statement, operation for at least one year according to adopted strategic or long-range plan, and have paid staff. Download PDF guidelines here.

Accessing the Application

All applications must be completed within the Indiana Arts Commission’s New Online Grant System: http://tinyurl.com/iacgrantsystem. 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 must complete the Letter of Intent form and submit by January 18, 2017, 4:30pm ET.

Grant Information Workshops

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

Monday, January 23, 2017, 3–5 p.m.
Fulton County Library, Meeting Room A
320 W. 7th Street, Rochester, IN 46975

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 3–5 p.m.
Mishawaka-Penn-Harris Public Library, Downtown Branch (Spencer Gallery)
209 Lincolnway East, Mishawaka, IN 46544

Monday, January 30, 2017, 3–5 p.m.
Elkhart County Library, Room #5
300 S. Second Street, Elkhart, IN 46516

To register, contact Kayla Myers, Program Officer, by email (kayla@cfsjc.org) or phone (574-232-0041). Please provide your name, the name of the organization you represent, and appropriate contact information.