City of Indianapolis Annual Grants Program COVID-19 Relief Fund

To ensure the preservation and legacy of Indianapolis Arts and Cultures organizations, the Indianapolis City-County Council appropriated $500,000 for a new grant program – the City of Indianapolis Annual Grant Program COVID-19 Relief Fund Program. 

2020 Application Timeline:

  • Application Release: Monday, October 5, 2020, 9:00 am (Application instructions emailed to grant contacts)
  • Application Deadline: Friday, October 16, 2020, 4:30 pm

Application Workshop Dates*:

 *All workshops take place via Zoom. 

Support Period: Calendar year 2020 (March 16 - December 30, 2020)

General Grant Information

The grant will provide funding to help sustain overhead costs until organizations can reopen their doors at full capacity. This program will benefit Arts and Culture organizations currently funded through the 2020 City of Indianapolis Annual Grants Program. These grants are to be used for mortgage or rent, paid or prepaid from March 16, 2020 through December 30, 2020 and/or utility expenses incurred and/or paid March 16, 2020 through September 30, 2020. Arts organizations may apply for a grant of up to $9,000 by providing proper documentation of paid rent/mortgage and utilities expenses from the previously mentioned period. For rent payments, applicants may show proof of one month’s rent and a signed lease as proof of current and future payments. Applications will be evaluated by Arts Council of Indianapolis staff members for compliance with eligible reimbursements and will receive final approval by the Grants Committee of the ACI Board of Directors. 

Accessing the Application

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Which rent payments are eligible for reimbursement?

Applicants may request reimbursement for the expense of building or office rent necessary for maintaining business, not programming. This would not include venue rental costs or rental expenses for storage, vehicles, technology, or other rental expenses not directly related to maintaining business. Applicants should be able to supply a copy of their current lease agreement.

Which utilities are eligible for reimbursement?

The following list of utilities have been approved for reimbursement through this fund:

  • Electricity
  • Water
  • Gas
  • Sewage
  • Telephone
  • Internet
  • Trash
Can this fund be used to cover a portion of a reimbursable expense that was partially covered by another program?

Yes, you may use funds from this program to cover a portion of an expense. If, for instance, a separate program provided reimbursement for $500 of your rent payment, then you may use this fund to reimburse the remaining $500 of the total $1,000 rent payment. In the expense tracking worksheet, you should still list the total amount of the expense (which should match the supporting documentation you provide), and in the “Request Amount” line, you should only include the amount you’re requesting reimbursement for through this program.

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