Lilly Endowment awards $10.2 million to Arts Council of Indianapolis

Lilly Endowment awards $10.2 million to Arts Council of Indianapolis

The Arts Council of Indianapolis has announced a $10.2 million grant from the Lilly Endowment in support of efforts to help local nonprofit arts and cultural organizations reopen and reimagine their program delivery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through the newly launched Indy Arts and Culture Restart & Resilience Fund, the council will award one-time grants ranging from $5,000 to $500,000 to help Marion County arts nonprofits cover the costs of restarting their operations in accordance with public health guidelines. Arts and cultural organizations of all sizes and in every discipline are eligible to apply for funds to cover the cost of new equipment, supplies, and other materials; additional professional services; modification of physical environments; programming changes; and/or staffing. 

According to the Arts Council, the city's nonprofit arts and culture sector is losing nearly $9 million a month, with earned income losses projected to reach more than $50 million by September and additional restart and recovery costs estimated at well over $20 million. 

"Arts and cultural organizations play a vital role in our community, and we know they are under tremendous strain as they navigate challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic," said Lilly Endowment vice president for community development Ronni Kloth. "We are grateful for the Arts Council's tireless efforts to support the sector during this difficult time, and we hope the Indy Arts and Culture Restart & Resilience Fund will provide resources for many arts and cultural organizations to safely reopen and adapt to our new environment."