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Public Art for Neighborhoods Fund

2020-21 Community Connection Grants

Applications for this round of funding are now closed.
Check back to review materials and watch for updates.

Download  pdf Full Application Information

Download FAQ Document


Artists & organizations:

Are you a community partner looking for an artist for your project or an artist searching for a community partner? Call Julia Moore at (317) 631-3301 x240 and we can make a match!
Need a project idea? Other artists have done the following:
  • Threw a socially-distanced pop-up concert
  • Created art kits for neighborhood kids needing distraction
  • Created a streetside gallery of youth art
  • Made an installation of face coverings free for neighbors to take
  • Created "porch portraits" of neighborhood residents
  • Created a "COVID rap" and taught it to the community
  • Enlisted their neighborhood to create "Scare-COVID" sculptures
  • Installed a painted refrigerator full of free food
  • Hosted a racial-justice singalong + discussion
Be inspired by what your neighborhood partner needs and wants!

About the PAFN 2020-21 Community Connection Grants

PAFN Community Connection Grants are designed to support the work of artists leading in their own communities, partnering with their neighborhoods and with neighborhood-based organizations.

The 2020-2021 grants will fund neighborhood-based arts projects, with a preference for projects that...

  • help address the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and/or
  • help advance racial justice priorities on a hyperlocal level that have been identified by the neighborhoods themselves. 

A total of $50,000 has been reserved. Grant requests can be between $500 and $2,500.

Through this grant program, artists can help envision a more connected, just, and equitable future for everyone.

This is a City of Indianapolis grant program, administered by the Arts Council of Indianapolis. The funds to be granted have been provided to the City by private developers in partial or full satisfaction of their public art requirement as outlined in Ch. 271 of the Code of Ordinances of Indianapolis-Marion County. 

At least 50% of funds granted through this program will support projects in neighborhoods where the average household income is less than 138% of the current Federal poverty line.

City of Indianapolis

Need a quick overview of the program? Watch this video!

Viewing the grant workshop before applying is strongly recommended. The workshop will go over the goals of the grant program, provide information about applicant and project eligibility, discuss how grants will be reviewed, and review the application process. 

Program Calendar

Application period closes @ 4:30 p.m.
Applications uploaded after 4:30 p.m. on the indicated date will be reviewed with the next group.

Decision Meeting (public)
Applicants in the review group will be sent a shareable link to a public comments form and a Webex link to listen in on the meeting

Grant Paperwork Sent to Awardees
Paperwork can be completed online with a digital signature

Earliest Check Mailed
if paperwork is completed promptly

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Am I Eligible to Apply for This Grant?

Each project submitted for funding must have a Lead Applicant who will receive the funds, a Participating Artist (who may also serve as the Lead Applicant), and at least one Community Partner if the Lead Applicant is also the Participating Artist. 

Eligible Lead Applicants 

  • Individual artists (literary, performing, visual, etc.), or a group or collective of artists.
  • Neighborhood-based and neighborhood-serving non-arts organizations, such as a neighborhood association, a community development corporation, a resident association, a neighborhood group, a social service organization, etc., who have a defined mission to serve a specific neighborhood. 
  • An organizational Lead Applicant must be physically based in the Marion County neighborhood where the project is planned to take place. 501c3 status is NOT required!
  • Arts organizations, schools, units of city government, or for-profit businesses cannot be funded through this grant program.
Is My Project Eligible to be Funded?
  • The proposed project must be an arts- or culture-based event, program, activity, installation, or idea that is open to the general public to access free of any admission charge.
  • Projects that use the arts (any art form or medium) to address issues or situations raised by the COVID-19 pandemic within the community, and/or engage the arts to support racial justice initiatives on a neighborhood scale, are prioritized for funding.
  • The proposed project must take place in Marion County.
  • The proposed project must have a defined beginning and end.
  • The proposed project must be completed before September 6, 2021.
What will I Need to Provide?

There are four parts to the grant application:

  • Part 1: Lead Applicant, Participating Artist, and Community Partner Information
  • Part 2: Project Budget (income and expenses)
  • Part 3: Proposal Narrative (three questions to answer)
  • Part 4: Support Material (information about the artist, and letters of support)
When Do I Apply?

You can apply anytime. The cutoff period for review groups is Fridays at 4:30pm on the following dates:

  • March 19

  • April 2

  • April 16

  • April 30

  • May 14

  • May 28

Applications received after the cutoff will be held for the next round of review. Awards will be given until funds are depleted, so deadlines are tentative based upon available funding. Apply early for best consideration.

QUESTIONS? We are here to help!

Check the FAQ document to see if your question has already been answered.

If you have other questions concerning Public Art for Neighborhoods or the 2020-21 Community Connection Grant guidelines, wish to talk about your grant idea, or want to have your application reviewed before submitting it, schedule an appointment with Julia Moore, Director of Public Art, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you have a question about how to write a good grant, or if you need technical assistance with the application form, email Bailey Peycha, Impact and Equity Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Artists! Interested in learning more about how to develop projects in collaboration with communities?  Art-Train is a FREE virtual technical assistance program from Springboard for the Arts that will both teach you how to expand your practice to community-based work, and link you to a resource bank and a national cohort of other artists doing the same.
Info sessions:  April 27 and May 4, 2021
Training sessions: offered every 2 weeks starting May 18 (3 hours per session, you only need to do 1 session)
To learn more and sign up, visit 

Thank you to our funders

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Indiana Arts Commission
Clowes Charitable Foundation