Community Foundation Announces 2023-24 IAC Regional Arts Grants

Distributes Over $317,000 to 40 Area Nonprofit Arts Organizations

Forty area organizations have received grants from the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) to support their arts programming from July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2024. These grants, which total over $317,000, were awarded through the IAC’s partnership with the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County.  Since 1998, the Community Foundation has been a Regional Arts Partner for the IAC, overseeing the grants application and award process for St. Joseph, Elkhart, Fulton, Marshall, Kosciusko, and Starke counties in northern Indiana.

IAC grants are made in two separate categories: Arts Organization Support (AOS) grants and Arts Project Support (APS) grants. AOS grants provide annual operating support for the ongoing artistic and administrative functions of eligible arts organizations. APS grants provide funding to Indiana 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations for a specific arts project or arts activities.

These grants are made possible in part by the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County and the Indiana Arts Commission, which receives support from the state of Indiana and National Endowment for the Arts.

Recipients are, by category of funding:



  • Acting Ensemble (St. Joseph County): $7,231
  • Art 4 (St. Joseph County): $10,243
  • Elkhart Civic Theatre (Elkhart County): $14,434
  • Elkhart County Symphony Association (Elkhart County): $11,062
  • Fischoff National Chamber Music Association (St. Joseph County): $14,889
  • Goshen Theater, Inc. (Elkhart County): $14,401
  • Heartland Artists (Marshall County): $12,276
  • Main Stage Inc. (St. Joseph County): $10,613
  • Merrimans’ Playhouse, Inc. (St. Joseph County): $11,194
  • Musical Arts Indiana. Inc. (St. Joseph County): $7,106
  • Patchwork Dance Company (St. Joseph County): $6,550
  • South Bend Civic Theatre (St. Joseph County): $18,200
  • South Bend Lyric Opera (St. Joseph County): $6,747
  • South Bend Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc. (St. Joseph County): $17,161
  • South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestras Inc. (St. Joseph County): $12,276
  • The Ruthmere Foundation, Inc. (Elkhart County): $15,312
  • The Village: A Community Arts Alliance, Inc. (St. Joseph County): $15,084
  • United Youth Theatre Inc. (St. Joseph County): $7,478
  • Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts (Kosciusko County): $18,817
  • Wild Rose Moon (Marshall County): $11,286
  • Cardinal Services (Kosciusko County): $3,800
  • City of Warsaw, Parks & Recreation Department (Kosciusko County): $3,800
  • Downtown South Bend, Inc. (St. Joseph County): $3,800
  • Fulton County Historical Society, Inc. (Fulton County): $3,800
  • Goshen Arts & Events (Elkhart County): $3,800
  • Goshen Community Chorale, Incorporated (Elkhart County): $3,800
  • Northern Indiana Clay Alliance (Elkhart County): $3,800
  • Premier Arts (Elkhart County): $3,800
  • Robinson Community Learning Center at the University of Notre Dame (St. Joseph County): $3,800
  • Rochester Downtown Partnership, Inc. (Fulton County): $3,800
  • South Bend Chamber Singers – St. Mary’s College (St. Joseph County): $3,800
  • South Bend Heritage (St. Joseph County): $3,800
  • Studebaker National Museum (St. Joseph County): $3,800
  • The HeARTery, Inc. (Fulton County): $3,800
  • The Maple City Chamber Orchestra Society, Inc. (Elkhart County): $3,800
  • The Nappanee Arts Council, Inc. (Elkhart County): $3,800
  • The Starke County Youth Club, Inc. (Starke County): $3,800
  • Trustees of Indiana University, Indiana University South Bend (St. Joseph County): $3,800
  • Union-North United School Corporation (St. Joseph County): $3,400
  • Unity Gardens, Inc. (St. Joseph County): $3,800

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Published: August 14, 2023
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