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) Applicants - Deadline: January 17, 2018, 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 17, 2018, 4:30PM EST and receive approval via a Notice of Eligibility to Apply to apply to this program. Click here to access and complete the required LOI.

Full Application Deadline: March 1, 2018, 4:30 p.m. EST

Grant Period: For Arts Project Support and Arts Organization Support I the grant period is Fiscal Year 2019 or July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. Please note Arts Organization Support II (AOS II) applications are submitted and paneled for two years; the current grant period is Fiscal Year 2018 (July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018) and Fiscal Year 2019 (July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019). The next available application for AOS II will be for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021. The difference between Arts Organization Support I and II depends on organization budget size.

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.

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 17, 2018, 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 25, 2018 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Warsaw Public Library (Meeting Room A/B)
310 East Main Street, Warsaw, IN 46580
Monday, January 29, 2018 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Plymouth Public Library (Room Laramore A)
201 North Center Street, Plymouth, IN 46563

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 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.