General Community Art Fund Granting Notes:

– Funds are intended for projects or programs offered between August 1, 2021 and July 31, 2022.
– Funds are intended for the benefit of students within Vanderburgh County.
– Funds may be awarded only to schools or organizations with a 501(c)(3) status.
– Applications are reviewed by a committee comprised of Arts Council Board Members and arts education community advocates, with funding recommendations voted on by the full Board of Directors of the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana.
– Grant reports are required at the completion of all projects and programs receiving funding (funds must be spent within 12 months of receipt).
– Changes to use of funds in approved grants must be requested in writing. WE UNDERSTAND THAT COMPLICATIONS ARISING FROM THE CONTINUING PANDEMIC MAY EFFECT GRANT PROJECTS OR PROGRAMS. PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR PROJECT AS IT WOULD IDEALLY BE EXECUTED (IN A NON-PANDEMIC SCENARIO). PANDEMIC-RELATED MODIFICATIONS MAY BE SUBMITTED AS NECESSARY AT ANY TIME.

Opportunity Grant Guidelines:

• Applications are reviewed monthly and awarded based on merit and availability of funds. A confirmation email will be sent upon receipt of application. If you do not receive a confirmation within 2 business days, please contact the Arts Council office at (812) 303-3178.
• Grants of up to $500 are available for arts opportunities and experiences that arise outside of normal budget and curriculum for Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade students in Vanderburgh County. Examples of eligible projects or programs include participation in arts contests, engagement of visiting artists, exposure to traveling exhibits or performances, etc. Please feel free to contact the Arts Council with any questions regarding your project’s eligibility in this granting category.
• Active engagement of students is preferred to passive engagement.
• Grants are evaluated on quality of programming, number of students impacted, and degree of active/passive engagement of students, innovation of the project, and likelihood and measurability of success.
• Projects or programs able to demonstrate sustainable impact are preferred. (For example, a request for funds to purchase equipment that can be used in subsequent years.)
• Programs impacting underserved populations are preferred.
• New programming is preferred over underwriting existing programming.
• Funds are generally not awarded for transportation, food, or t-shirts
• Contact the Arts Council at (812) 303-3178 or [email protected] with any questions.

To apply for an opportunity grant, please fill out the form below: