Northeast Indiana legislators: Relief funding now available for arts, cultural sector

Posted by: Allison Vanatsky and Jake Thompson  | Friday, August 28, 2020


STATEHOUSE (Aug. 28, 2020) – Area lawmakers encourage local arts and cultural organizations that are financially struggling because of the pandemic to apply for new state grants.

State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) said Arts, Cultural and Destination Marketing Organization Support Grants totaling $10 million are designed to support arts and cultural organizations that have experienced some disruption to normal operations due to COVID-19.

"From flea markets to live entertainment, these organizations are a staple in community life," Zent said. "Our local arts and cultural organizations have experienced great losses as a result of event cancelations or postponements, and this funding can help them overcome these difficulties and continue to be something Hoosiers can look forward to."

The grants are funded through the federal CARES Act, and grant awards may typically range from $4,500 to $50,000. The program is available through the Indiana Destination Development Corporation and Indiana Arts Commission.

"These funds could be used for a number of expenses, including bringing back a furloughed employee," said State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn). "Applicants should be as detailed as possible in their requests, and pay special attention to all guidelines."

According to Smaltz, funding is available to organizations to recoup coronavirus-related expenses incurred from March 1, 2020, through Dec. 30, 2020, including:

  • Salary support for one or more positions that are critical to the organization’s artistic or destination-focused operations and services;
  • Fees for artists and/or eligible contractual personnel that are critical to the organization’s operations and services;
  • Facility operational costs;
  • Canceled event production costs; and
  • Marketing expenses related to the re-opening of event(s) or hospitality and leisure related entities.

"Noble County boasts a rich arts culture, ranging from our libraries to private artist studios," said State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City). "There has been a real push to expand ongoing cultural offerings through THRIVE Noble County and others to enrich our communities. Taking advantage of these funds can help continue that growth."

Abbott encourages Hoosiers to visit for more information and to apply before the Sept. 8 deadline.


State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) represents House District 82, which includes all of Noble County and portions of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley counties.

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State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) represents House District 52, which includes all of DeKalb County, and portions of Steuben and Allen counties.

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State Rep. Denny Zent (R-Angola) represents House District 51, which includes most of LaGrange and Steuben counties.

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