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Arts Institute Fund Granting Categories

GENERAL NOTES:

  • Active engagement of students is generally preferred to passive engagement.  (Student participation rather than observation)
  • Number of students impacted, and cost per student (grant request divided by number of participants) will be given greatest consideration.
  • In general, funds are not awarded for transportation, food, or t-shirts.
  • New programming will be preferred to underwriting existing programming.  We wish to increase student opportunities, rather than solely reinforce existing programs.
  • Grant funds should be seen as seed or catalyst money not for underwriting of existing programs or for full program funding.
  • In an effort to increase community involvement, the Arts Council wishes to be an underwriter among many rather than a sole underwriter.
  • All grant monies should be deposited by the recipient prior to July 1.

OPPORTUNITY GRANTS

  • Money allocated on a first come, first served basis.
  • Intended for an unexpected expense/opportunity for a non-annual project/event
  • Grants available to Vanderburgh county teachers/students for special events. E.g. An opportunity for a student to attend a national competition, etc.
  • Grants accepted and reviewed monthly.
  • Simple application w/ 1 page (or less) narrative, including a total cost estimate.
  • Grants generally limited to $500 maximum.

Click here for the printable Arts Opportunity Grant Application.

SPONSORSHIP GRANTS

  • Grants reviewed once a year, in the fall.  Applications due Oct. 15, Reviewed in November/December, funds allocated Jan. 1.
  • Grant funds available to Vanderburgh county schools and not-for-profits.
  • Intended as partial underwriting for a new or existing (preferably new) programming for k-12 students (not full funding).
  • e.g. making (reduced price) tickets available to students free of charge. Should be coupled with student talkback, supplementary course material, etc.
  • Grants evaluated on quality of programming, number of students impacted, and degree of active/passive engagement of students.
  • Grants generally limited to $7,000 maximum.

Click here for the printable Sponsorship for the Arts application form.

COLLABORATION GRANTS

  • Grants reviewed once a year, in the spring.  Applications due Feb. 15, Reviewed in March/April, funds allocated May 1.
  • Application should include a preliminary 1 page “intent to apply” narrative, by Jan. 1.  The committee can follow up with questions before the actual application is submitted.
  • Grant funds available to schools, and Vanderburgh County not for profits.  Should include 2 or more schools or area not-for-profit groups.
  • Intended as partial underwriting for new programming for k-12 students (not full funding).
  • Intended to encourage new programming and partnerships.
  • Grants limited to 2 years maximum.  Applicants must reapply for second year funding, demonstrating successful impact in the first year.
  • Grants evaluated on quality of programming, number of students impacted, and degree of active/passive engagement of students.
  • Grants generally limited to $12,000 maximum

Click here for the printable Creative Collaboration Grant Application.