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.
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.
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