The Keep Indy Creating Relief Fund supports Indy’s nonprofit arts and culture sector.

On October 23, the Arts Council of Indianapolis hosted​ (Re)Start With Art,​ a virtual benefit presented by Schahet Hotels and produced in partnership with WFYI, to support COVID-19 relief and recovery of the arts and cultural sector and celebrate all the innovative ways #IndyKeepsCreating. All sponsorships and donations benefitted the Keep Indy Creating Relief Fund providing emergency grants to central Indiana creatives and nonprofit arts and cultural organizations that are suffering severe financial losses due to the pandemic. 

Thanks to generous community support, the Fund has currently raised $1,001,783 exceeding our $1 million goal! The Fund is still accepting contributions and all individual donations will be doubled through Dec. 31 as part of the Efroymson Family Fund Match Challenge, up to $100,000. 100% of donations support emergency relief grants administered by the Arts Council. 

Based on current funding, $420,000 will support $1,000 relief grants for 420 eligible artists and artist and culture workers in need of emergency financial assistance. Future phases will be announced based on community needs and available funds. 

In addition, $550,000 will be allocated to nonprofit arts and culture organizations via the City of Indianapolis Annual Grants Program COVID-19 Relief Fund (a $500,000 City CARES Act allocation administered by the Arts Council), and $50,000 designated by the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation. $30,000 also supported artists, arts organizations, and WFYI’s participation in producing the ReStart with Art virtual benefit.

Leadership commitments include the City of Indianapolis, the Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, the Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Glick Philanthropies, the Herbert Simon Family Foundation, Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), Schahet Hotels, and nearly 40 generous ​corporate and civic partners​. The Fund is also supported by generous individual donors. 

The Keep Indy Creating Relief Fund builds on relief and recovery programs supporting Indy’s nonprofit arts and culture sector including the $10 million ​Indy Arts and Culture Restart & Resilience Fund​ made possible through generous support by Lilly Endowment Inc., the Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund which supported rapid-response grants for local creatives between March and June 2020, CARES Act support through federal, state, and city programs, and several national, regional, and local artist relief grant programs.

Thanks to Our Funders & Partners

American Structurepoint
Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Bose Public Affairs Group
Browning Investments, Inc.
Citimark Real Estate Investment Company
Eskenazi Health
Fifth Third Bank
Gregory & Appel Insurance, Inc.
Indiana Sports Corp
Indianapolis Airport Authority
Ice Miller LLP
Indiana Sports Corp
Indianapolis Airport Authority

Indianapolis Public Schools
Indianapolis Colts
Indy Chamber
Katz, Sapper & Miller
KERAMIDA Foundation
Messer Construction
Schmidt Associates
Shiel Sexton
Strada Education Network
TAG Consulting LLC
16 Tech
Generous individual donors 


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