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Level 3 Operating Support Program

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Level 3 Operating Support Program
Organizations with budgets greater than $5 million annually.

The 2021 application has closed.

2020-21 Application Timeline:

  • Application Release: December 2021 
  • Application Workshops: TBD
  • Application Deadline: TBD
  • Optional Draft Review Deadline: TBD
  • Award Notification: May 2022
  • Support Period: Calendar year 2022 (January - December)

Purpose
The Level 3 Operating Support program provides unrestricted investment in the general operations, administration, and programming of eligible arts and cultural organizations in Indianapolis/Marion County. Level 3 Operating Support grant recipients demonstrably advance the Arts Council of Indianapolis’ mission of sustaining a full creative life for all residents of this city. These investments are intended to supplement other revenue, both earned and contributed, generated by the organization. Organizations supported through this category represent the largest cultural institutions that have the greatest local audience impact.

Grant Amount
Currently, the award for a successful application in this category is $75,000, however the final award is conditional upon availability of funds appropriated and allotted to the Arts Council of Indianapolis from the City of Indianapolis.

Eligibility
Organizations must meet all criteria listed to be eligible for Level 3 Operating Support as outlined in the Guidelines and Application Instructions.

Accessing the Application
In order to gain access to the Level 3 Operating Support application, a representative from your organization must contact the Grant Services team to verify eligibility and receive the invitational password. New applicants are only eligible to apply for the Level 1 Operating Support program. For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Review Criteria
Each application will be reviewed and scored by a conflict-free online panel. The scores will be included as part of a funding formula that determines grant awards. Information submitted in the application will be reviewed according to the following evaluation criteria:

  • Artistic Merit (25%)
  • Community Impact (50%)
  • Organizational Capacity (25%)

Thank you to our funders

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Lilly
Indiana Arts Commission
CICF
Clowes Charitable Foundation