Annual Grants Program

2023 Application Resources


Application Release 
January 9, 2023

Draft Submission Deadline
February 3, 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline
February 24, 2023, 4:30 p.m.

Public Panel Review
April 11 - 14, 2023

Support Period
Calendar year 2023 (January - December)

Award Notification
By May 19, 2023


Click here to view the 2023 Annual Grants Program Guidelines.


Applicants may submit a preliminary draft of their application for feedback from the Indy Arts Council grant services team. Please submit a draft by February 3, 2023 at 4:30 p.m.


Register for a Zoom workshop:

View application resources:


We can answer questions during virtural office hours every other Tuesday from 11 a.m. to noon. Register here.

We are offering additional virtual office hours for Annual Grants Program applicants from 11 a.m. - noon on Jan. 17, Jan. 31, and Feb. 14, 2023. Register here.

In-person at Indy Arts Council:
Join us for in-person office hours from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 23, 2023. Applicants can use our WiFi, get assistance with uploading documents, and request any last minute support. No registration required.

2023 Annual Grants Panel Review
April 11-14 

A record 87 organizations applied for Annual Grants Program funding this year. A panel of national grant professionals will review applications from 1 to 5 p.m. April 11-14. 

If your organization applied for funding, please click on this document to:

  • Find out the time/date your organization's application is scheduled to be reviewed.
  • Register to attend your application review session. (All sessions are open to the public and will take place via Zoom.)
  • Learn more about the review process. 
  • Meet this year's panelists.
  • Note: Grant awardees will be notified in May. 

The public can register to attend the 2023 Annual Grants Panel Review, taking place via Zoom webinar. Registration links are below and info about each panel can be found here. The panels will also be livestreamed via YouTube.

Panel A: 1 - 5 p.m. April 11 & 12 | Register
Panel B: 1 - 5 p.m. April 13 & 14 | Register

General Grant Information

Apply for one of our competitive grant programs and let us invest in your plans for the arts in Indianapolis.

Each year, the City of Indianapolis through the City-County Council allocates funding to the Arts Council to grant to Marion County arts organizations. The Arts Council’s Annual Grants Program is a three-tiered program of investment support for the arts in Indianapolis. Grants from the Arts Council will provide investments in the arts and cultural community, reflecting the changes of our growing city and ever-expanding arts community.

Grant applications are reviewed in a public process that removes conflicts of interest and assures fairness and professionalism.

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 evaluation criteria below. The criteria center diversity, equity, inclusion, and access across three areas, with an emphasis on racial equity.

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

Indy Arts Council is committed to working with the arts and cultural community to cultivate a sector that serves, celebrates, and values every resident of Indianapolis. We envision a city where engagement in the arts is not pre-determined by socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. We believe in a full creative life for all.

2022 Public Review Panel 

The public review process took place April 12-15. Panelists included Benjamen Douglas, former grants program manager for DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities; Dionne Griffiths, community leadership officer for the Indianapolis Foundation (a CICF affiliate); Laura Holland, managing director of the Quarry Theatre; Lasana D. Kazembe, assistant professor, IUPUI Africana Studies program; Anika Kwinana, director of social responsibility and inclusion at WESTAF; Stacia Murphy, director of equity, outreach & strategic partnerships at Indy Chamber; Tariana Navas-Nieves, director of cultural affairs for the City of Denver, and India Pierre-Ingram, racial equity initiatives and grant operations manager at Cuyahoga Arts and Culture in Cleveland, Ohio.

Organizations receiving 2022 Annual Grants Program funding (in alphabetical order) include:

American Pianists Association


Arte Mexicano en Indiana




Arts for Lawrence (Partnerships for Lawrence)


Arts for Learning Indiana


Asante Art Institute of Indianapolis, Inc.


Aurora PhotoCenter


Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site


Big Car Collaborative


Brick Street Poetry, Inc.


Buck Creek Players, Inc.


Classical Music Indy (Fine Arts Society of Indianapolis)


Claude McNeal's Musical Theatre Training Program, Inc.


Dance Kaleidoscope


Echoing Air, Inc.


Ensemble Music Society of Indianapolis


Festival Music Society


Fonseca Theatre Company (River West Theatre)


Footlite Musicals, Inc.


Freetown Village


Harrison Center for the Arts


Heartland Film, Inc.


Iibada Dancers, Inc.


Indiana Fashion Foundation


Indiana Historical Society


Indiana Musical Education Association & Foundation


Indiana Performing Arts Centre


Indiana Repertory Theatre


Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites


Indiana State Symphony Society, Inc.


Indiana Wind Symphony


Indiana Writers Center


Indianapolis Art Center


Indianapolis Ballet, Inc.


Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra


Indianapolis Children's Choir


Indianapolis Jazz Foundation, Inc.


Indianapolis Men's Chorus, Inc.


Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective


Indianapolis Opera


Indianapolis Shakespeare Company, Inc.


Indianapolis Suzuki Company


Indianapolis Symphonic Choir


Indianapolis Women's Chorus


Indianapolis Youth Orchestra, Inc.


Indianapolis Zoo


IndyBaroque Music, Inc.


International Violin Competition of Indianapolis


Kan-Kan Cinema (Indianapolis Film Project, Inc.)


Kids Dance Outreach


Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library


Madame Walker Legacy Center, Inc.


Music For All, Inc.


Musical Family Tree


Newfields (Indianapolis Museum of Art)




Percussive Arts Society


Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis, Inc.


Phoenix Theatre Cultural Center


React (Young Actors Theatre)


Storefront Theatre of Indianapolis


Storytelling Arts of Indiana


Summer Stock Stage


Summit Performance Indianapolis, Inc.


The Cabaret


The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis


The District Theatre


The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art  


The Indianapolis Fringe Theatre Festival


The Indy Convergence, Inc.


The New Harmony Project, Inc.


The Performing Arts Conservatory


The Philippines Cultural Community Center


The Sapphire Theatre Company




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