Community Foundation Awards IAC Regional Arts Grants

Distributes Over $214,00 to 29 Area Arts Organizations

Twenty-nine area organizations have received grants from the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) to support their arts programming from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. These grants, which total over $214,000, 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 for arts organizations and other organizations to support a specific aspect of the organization’s arts activities. Funding decisions are made with the help of volunteer panelists, who evaluate grant applications based on organizational excellence, community engagement, project management, and artistic quality.

These grants are made possible with appropriated funds from the Indiana State Legislature in conjunction with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Recipients are, by category of funding:


Elkhart Civic Theatre, Inc. (Elkhart County): $7,572
Elkhart County Symphony Association (Elkhart County): $6,862
Encore Performing Arts (Marshall County): $5,679
Fischoff National Chamber Music Association (St. Joseph County): $9,466
Heartland Artists (Marshall County): $5,679
Lakeland Art Association, Inc. (Kosciusko County): $2,130.40
Main Stage, Inc. (St. Joseph County): $6,862
Maple City Chamber Orchestra Society, Inc. (Elkhart): $4,169.20
The Music Village (St. Joseph County): $7,572
Musical Arts Indiana (St. Joseph County): $5,679
Patchwork Dance Company (St. Joseph County): $5,679
The Ruthmere Foundation, Inc. (Elkhart): $12,305
South Bend Civic Theatre (St. Joseph County):  $17,985
South Bend Museum of Art (St. Joseph County): $15,145
South Bend Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc. (St. Joseph County): $17,985
South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestras, Inc. (St. Joseph County): $6,862
Southold Dance Theater (St. Joseph County): $12,305
Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts (Kosciusko County): $17,985


City of Warsaw, Parks and Recreation Dept. (Kosciusko County): $4,323.50
Downtown South Bend, Inc. (St. Joseph County): $4,323.50
Ensemble Concept/21, Inc. (St. Joseph County): $4,323.50
Fulton County Historical Society (Fulton County): $4,323.50
Goshen Community Chorale, Inc. (Elkhart County): $4,323.50
Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley (St. Joseph County): $4,323.50
Mid America Filmmakers (St. Joseph County): $4,323.50
Raclin School of the Arts, Indiana University South Bend (St. Joseph County): $4,323.50
Robinson Community Learning Center, University of Notre Dame (St. Joseph County): $4,323.50
South Bend Chamber Singers, Saint Mary’s College (St. Joseph County): $3,473.50
United Religious Community (St. Joseph County): $4,323.50

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Published: July 25, 2019
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