Artists and nonprofit arts groups can now apply for grant funding to help them make it through the pandemic.
The Indiana Arts Commission is now accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2022 Arts Project Support and Arts Organization Support grants.
Artists and arts groups can apply for Arts Project Support funding for events, productions, exhibition, workshops, art classes or other activities that will take place between July 1 of the coming year and June 30, 2022.
With the pandemic, the Indiana Arts Commission is prioritizing applications that will directly financially benefit Indiana artists and ensure geographic access to the arts.
"The priority to directly support artist careers and/or benefit artists financially is in response to the challenging business environment due to COVID 19 for professional, practicing artists and the agency and state’s limited resources due to reduced tax revenue," the Indiana Arts Commission said in a press release.
No matching funds are required to apply for the Arts Project Support grant.
Arts groups also can get Arts Organization Support Grants to get operational support, such as for administrative costs. This year, the state will look at resiliency based on the extent of operations, such as continuing to operate, holding board meetings, conducting planning, communicating with supporters and advancing the art form.
Applicants must submit financial information, including projected income and expenses. They can get up to two years of funding and extra "extraordinary effort" merit awards, especially if they have an annual budget of less than $250,000.
Applications for both types of arts grants are due by 4:30 p.m. March 4.
For more information or to apply, visit in.gov/arts/.
Region restaurants that closed in 2020
2020 has been a hard year for restaurants in the Region with the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdowns and restrictions that followed. Here's a look at the restaurants, brewpubs and chain eateries Northwest Indiana lost in one of the toughest years in recent memory:
The reason why Bakers Square abruptly shuttered its restaurants in Lansing and Merrillville over the weekend has come to light.
3 Floyds told investors it is permanently closing its landmark brewpub in Munster, which has been a major draw to Northwest Indiana.
The owner of the Schererville and Merrillville Golden Corrals faces a murder charge in a cold case killing of a Missouri teen who was found in a drainage ditch with two gunshot wounds to the head.
There's no more going back for seconds or thirds at the Old Country Buffet in Highland.
Figure Eight Brewing, a staple of downtown Valparaiso for a decade, plans to close in two weeks.
Yats Creole and Cajun restaurant geaux out of business after after six years in Valparaiso.
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in another permanent closure of a Region restaurant.
The authentic southern-style barbecue restaurant, one of the first to deliver food to local hospitals and first responders during the pandemic, is temporarily closing its locations in Dyer, Mokena, Milwaukee and Madison.
Four Winds Casino New Buffalo will replace The Hard Rock Cafe with Kankakee Grille, which will feature live music and modern comfort food.
Aspen Cafe closes after 30 years in St. John, the Pancake Club closes in Schererville, Pita Stop coming to Dyer
The Stacked Pickle restaurant chain that former Indianapolis Colts player Gary Brackett was trying to expand to Northwest Indiana and the south suburbs has fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic.
NWI Business Ins and Outs: Q-BBQ closed, Chunky Tacos, Dunkin, Andrade Nails, NorthShore Health Centers, and Direct Mortgage Loans opening
Smoothie King comes to Crown Point, Kowloon and Canton House close, Caribbean jerk restaurant coming, Burger King getting rebuilt
NWI Business Ins and Outs: Domino's coming to Hobart, American Sale closes after 50 years in Lansing, sushi place comes to Winfield, and Troost closes
Pancakes are about to go global in Schererville.