Please read the FAQ section below before submitting an application. Additional questions? Email email@example.com.
The Indy Keeps Creating Relief Fund was created for individuals working in the arts sector who continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis. Primary concern is for the health and well-being of individuals: specifically independent artists and staff working for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations who have been laid off or furloughed due to COVID-19 circumstances and can demonstrate dire need when it comes to food, housing, childcare, or medical care.
Those with immediate critical needs that expand beyond financial assistance will be directed to the United Way support center via calling 211 or 211.org.
The Keep Indy Creating Relief Fund will be administered by the Arts Council of Indianapolis in partnership with lead philanthropic partners and with guidance and support from Indy Music Strategy, Indiana Humanities, Create Indy, and others.
We encourage you to read the FAQ section before submitting your application.
The Indy Arts & Culture COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund, launched in March 2020, was designed to provide approximately three months of emergency relief funding for Indy artists and arts and culture workers as a bridge until federal and state programs were more widely available. Artists could apply for $500 grants every 30 days. That Phase I fund has closed.
The Keep Indy Creating Relief Fund is Phase II of that effort and will reflect the evolving needs of artists and arts organizations. Artists will be able to apply for a one-time $1,000 grant during a more simplified process.
This grant is reportable income. If you are receiving unemployment benefits, please be sure to report this income to remain compliant with state unemployment laws.
We ask if you have applied for unemployment benefits to better understand how artists in our community are accessing or using unemployment benefits. Your answer does not affect the outcome of your application.
To be eligible, you must be able to demonstrate that at least 40% of your income is generated from the creative fine art aspect of your career. The remaining 60% may come from commercial ventures such as wedding photography, graphic design, event promotion and marketing, event videography, etc.
Applicants must provide some kind of verifiable evidence. Usually your resume will suffice, but if it doesn’t tell the complete story, consider sharing a website, past projects, events, jobs, etc., on the application form. These items must show at least 40% of your income comes from your art practice. This does not include commercial “fee for service” jobs, which can account for 60% of your resume/income.
Grants will be awarded on a case by case basis, depending on individual applications.
If you do not make 40% of your income from your art practice due to the nature of your practice, meaning your art practice involves highly conceptual work or is based in social practice art that does not consistently garner substantial wages, your time spent creating this work may determine eligibility. You will need to make the case that your art practice is done at a professional level even though it does not produce 40% of your income. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further instructions.
We understand this and that’s why proof of canceled events is no longer a requirement for this phase of the program. The focus of this grant opportunity is on dire financial need facing artists at this time, appreciating the cumulative impact of the closures and cancellations on our sector.
Right now, almost everyone has some sort of financial need, but some among us are clearly in greater need, and the funding is limited. For the purpose of this grant, we define dire financial need as the lack of/or imminent endangerment of being able to afford essentials such as housing, medicine, childcare, and/or food. We ask applicants to consider the next two months when responding to five specific questions about their current status regarding these basic living essentials.
As a general rule, if you have identified funds to cover your basic needs for the next two months, you are not a priority candidate for this fund. Basic needs for these grant purposes are: immediate need of financial support to sustain food, housing, or medical care.
Yes, current/former staff members from a qualifying nonprofit arts & cultural organization may apply if they have been laid off indefinitely or furloughed due to COVID-19.
No, this phase does not have organization size restrictions. Arts and cultural organizations of all sizes have been severely affected by the pandemic and laid-off or furloughed employees are eligible to apply.
No. Artists may apply once during this program phase (November 2-December 31, 2020). We have increased the award to $1,000 which is equivalent to two awards in the spring phase of this program.
Everyone will be notified within two weeks after their application is received. Someone may also contact you to request additional information. You may email email@example.com to inquire after two weeks.
Payment will be made via a paper check mailed to your home address. The process will take 5 – 10 business days once you have been notified of your award. You will be asked to respond quickly via email with a W9 form for tax purposes.
You can submit an alternative to the traditional resume, such as a bio, a website and/or social media posts that support your work history. We realize these are not the only ways to show your work history, so please provide whatever will help the review panel to understand the creative work you have been doing, how long, and to what extent.
You should submit the URL for your professional recordings or performances from a website such as SoundCloud, Band Camp, YouTube, etc within the grant application.
Each current or former employee must submit their own application. Organizations cannot apply on behalf of their employees. The role of the organization is to provide the documentation to support the case for relief as needed/requested by applicants.
Yes, if your fine art projects were canceled, you are eligible. If your “work for hire” projects such as wedding and event photography were canceled, that is outside of the scope and spirit of this funding. Those cancellations and losses are not eligible for this grant program. Small business owners or creative entrepreneurs should look at Indy Chamber’s Rapid Resource Hub for resources.
All applications submitted to the Keep Indy Creating Relief Fund are confidential. The information you share with us will only be viewed by persons necessary to determine if you are eligible for the grant. For reporting purposes, individual data from all applicants will be aggregated and presented as a group. Narrative responses and comments you provide through your application form may be shared verbatim, without your name or personal information.
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