Grant Opportunities

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Evansville teachers and nonprofits can apply now for these ARTSWIN grants

The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana has two great grants opportunities for to help create and continue arts programs and projects for Evansville students.

These grants are limited to programs and activities that benefit K-12 students in Vanderburgh County. And only schools and 501(c)3 nonprofits are eligible. Private organizations can partner with a school or nonprofit for their project.

Sponsorship of the Arts grant 2022-2023

The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana’s 2022-2023 Sponsorship of the Arts grant application is live now. The grants are for the development or advancement of arts opportunities and experiences for K-12 students in Vanderburgh County. The Arts Council dispersed $44,000 in Sponsorship grants in 2021.

  • Funds are for projects and programs between Aug. 1, 2022 and July 31, 2023.
  • Only schools and 501(c)3 nonprofits are eligible. Private organizations can partner with a school or nonprofit for their project.
  • Funds are intended to benefit K-12 students in Vanderburgh County.
  • Grants available up to $5,000.
  • Available for development or advancement of arts opportunities and experiences for students.
  • Applications are due by June 17, 2022.

A committee of Arts Council board members and arts education community advocates review all grant applications. The full Arts Council board of directors approves all funding recommendations.

Apply for a Sponsorship of the Arts grant now

Community Arts Fund Opportunity grants

Opportunity grants have similar guidelines as the Sponsorship of the Arts grants, but on a smaller scale. The grants are limited to $500 and under, and are available for arts opportunities and experiences that arise outside of normal budget and curriculum for pre-K-12 students in Vanderburgh County.

Some examples of eligible projects or programs include participation in arts contests, engagement of visiting artists, exposure to traveling exhibits or performances, etc.

A committee of Arts Council board members and arts education community advocates review Opportunity grant applications monthly. The current grant window is for projects now through July 2022, but the 2022-2023 grant cycle will open during the fall semester.

Apply for a Community Arts Fund Opportunity grant

Questions, clarifications, help

Arts Council staff are here to help you if you have any questions about the granting process. Contact us at 812-303-3178 or by email at [email protected] You can also visit the gallery during regular business hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.

Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Don’t miss out on these upcoming Indiana Arts Commission webinars

The Indiana Arts Commission is hosting some upcoming webinars you won’t want to miss, especially if you’re interested in grants and diversity. As the state’s Regional Arts Partner for the area, the Arts Council is happy to help you through the granting process.

Arts Project Support grants (FY23)

You’ll want to attend this webinar if you have any questions about the Indiana Arts Commissions Arts Project Support grants, which go towards project-focused applications. This grant provides funding to nonprofits to support a specific project, such as a one-time event, a single production, an exhibition, a workshop, or a series of related arts activities. Learn the basics of applying for the grant programs, get a tour of the IAC’s online grant system, and take an inside look at the criteria that will be used to score your application. The deadline to apply for Arts Project Support programs is 3:30 p.m. (CST) March 9.

The webinar for Arts Project Support grants is 1 p.m. (CST) Tuesday, Feb. 8. Here’s the link to register.

Arts Organization Support grants (FY23)

Organization support grants are for groups looking for institutional funding. This grant provides annual operating support to arts nonprofits for ongoing artistic and administrative functions. Learn the basics of applying for the grant programs, get a tour of the IAC’s online grant system, and take an inside look at the criteria that will be used to score your application. The deadline to apply for the Arts Organization Support is 3:30 p.m. (CST) March 9. 

The webinar for Arts Organization Support grants is 1 p.m. (CST) Wednesday, Feb. 9. Here’s the link to register.

Arts for All: What does IDEA look like in practice?

Arts for All is a three-part inclusion, diversity, equity, and access training series led by Dr. Pascal Losambe, an educator and consultant in the areas of education, organizational culture, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and presented by the Regional Arts Partners of the Indiana Arts Commission. 

This virtual training is free for arts providers in Indiana and is designed to provide organizations with workable strategies to build relationships with their community and engage underserved audiences. 

The last part of the series looks at how using inclusion, diversity, equity, and access works in practice. Losambe will lead a panel discussion that illustrates best practices for using IDEA strategies and community engagement.

Arts for All is 10:30 a.m. (CST) Wednesday, Feb. 16. Click here to learn more and register.

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Arts Council awards $44,000 to support Evansville youth arts programs

Caze Elementary School students painting birdhouses during the last week of school in May 2021. The program was funded through a Sponsorship of the Arts grant from the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana.

EVANSVILLE – The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana awarded $44,000 to 15 local organizations and schools this week.

The grants allow organizations to create and continue unique arts programming for Vanderburgh County students.

The 15 schools and organizations applied for the Arts Council’s annual Sponsorship of the Arts grant this spring. An Arts Council committee selected the organizations over the summer. The funding comes from the Arts Council’s Community Arts Fund.

“Children thrive when provided opportunities for creativity and expression,” said Anne McKim, executive director of The Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. “The 2021 Sponsorship Grant programs will allow thousands of young people to participate in the arts in their schools and throughout our community, and we’re delighted to be a catalyst for this inspiration and enrichment.”

Organization/SchoolProject Title
AIS Diamond Middle SchoolThe Dream Art Atmosphere
Children’s Center for Dance EducationJoshua Academy Dance Floor
Culver Family Learning CenterCulver Family Learning Art Show
Evansville Lutheran SchoolStudent Gallery
Evansville Philharmonic OrchestraBefore There Was Mozart
F.J. Reitz High School Department of TheatreReitz Theatre’s Bright Future
Highland Elementary SchoolFull STEAM Ahead- Collaborative Courtyard STEAM Project
Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville (cMoe)cMoe’s Artist-in-Residence Program
McGary Middle School Evansville-Vanderburgh School CorporationGlimpses of the Galaxy
Memorial Community Development Corp“Fit for Play” Phase 2: Music & Motion
North High SchoolAll Things Glowforge!
Signature SchoolSublimation
University of EvansvilleUE Music Conservatory Music Fundamentals Class for EVSC Students
Washington Middle School/Twymon Art GalleryPath to Education Mural
William Henry Harrison High SchoolAcrylic Painting Unit