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Annual Grants for Arts Projects

Bloomington Arts Commission Arts Project Grant

About the Grant

The Bloomington Arts Commission, as part of its mission to foster an environment that promotes the arts, makes funds available to support local art projects.

Grants are available to nonprofit organizations participating in arts activities that align with current areas of focus of the Arts Commission: to cultivate a community in which residents appreciate the value of personal and collective artistic activity; to encourage collaboration in and diversification of artistic activities that are equitable and inclusive; to foster ongoing creativity and innovation; to enhance and support a high level of artistry; and to support the economic vitality and interests of local artists and arts organizations.

2018 Arts Project Grant Timeline:

  • Applications Available: February 20, 2018
  • Grants Workshop: February 28, 2018 at the Ivy Tech Waldron Arts Center & March 21, 2018 at McCloskey Conference Room (City Hall)
  • Applications Due: April 11, 2018
  • Award Notification: Early May


Prospective Applicant Resources:

2018 Grant Application
2018 Grant Guidelines
2018 Budget Template
2017 Award Recipients

For more information, contact Sean Starowitz, Assistant Director of Economic and Sustainable Development for the Arts and BAC Staff Liaison, at starowis@bloomington.in.gov at (812) 349-3534.

Resources for Current Grant Recipients

Acknowledgment Requirements

The Commission requires that all promotional and programmatic printed or written material about the project meant for public distribution should utilize the BAC logo or a credit line stating, "This project is supported in part by the City of Bloomington Arts Commission's Arts Project Grant Program." If no printed or written promotional and programmatic material is used, a verbal acknowledgement of BAC support must be announced and documented. For a higher resolution or different format, please inquire to starowis@bloomington.in.gov or bac@bloomington.in.gov.

BAC Logo

Final Grant Report Requirements

No later than 30 days after the completion of a project, a final grant report is required to be filed. An extension can be granted, but must be requested before the initial 30 days has elapsed - contact staff for information on filing for an extension. 

Final Grant Report Form

 

Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association Zone Arts Project Grant

Offered in partnership with the Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District, (BEAD), the Zone Arts Grant Program is designed to help support arts activities within the boundaries of the Bloomington Urban Enterprise Zone.

Citizens, artists, teams of artists, local businesses, and non-profit organizations (including neighborhood groups) are eligible to apply for project support that will do one or more of the following for residents and businesses within the Urban Enterprise Zone: facilitate involvement in arts and cultural activities; provide an opportunity to participate in the creative process; advance the quality and availability of the arts in the Zone; or celebrate or enhance the identity of the Zone. Exhibits, concerts, performances, festivals, art markets, art space development and public art (including murals) are all examples of the types of projects eligible for funding through the BUEA and BEAD Zone Arts Grant program.

2019 Arts Project Grant Timeline:

  • Applications Available: TBD
  • Grants Workshop: TBD
  • Applications Due: Mid August 2018
  • Award Notification: TBD


Prospective Applicant Resources:

2018 Grant Guidelines
2018 Award Recipients 

For more information, contact Brian Payne, Assistant Director of Economic and Sustainable Development for Small Business Relations, at payneb@bloomington.in.gov or Sean Starowitz, Assistant Director of Economic and Sustainable Development for the Arts at starowis@bloomington.in.gov.