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A cultural district is a well-recognized, labeled, mixed-use area of a community in which high concentrations of cultural assets serve as the anchor.  Indiana Statewide Cultural Districts promote the exploration of and participation in the arts and humanities through cultural experiences that are unique to our communities.  Indiana Statewide Cultural Districts support community life and economic vitality.

Currently there is no funding associated with Statewide Cultural District designation.  Benefits of the program include increased tourism marketing and economic activities that come with being part of a branded program with a statewide emphasis, a potential collaboration with the Indiana Artisan program, and the opportunity for Statewide Cultural Districts to apply for highway signage.

Once a cultural district receives a Statewide Cultural District designation, the designation will last for the duration of the program unless the cultural district fails to comply with annual reporting requirements or the IAC Board of Commissioners determines the cultural district to no longer be viable for the community.  Acceptance into the program signifies an ongoing commitment to the development and sustainability of the cultural district. Required annual reports will allow the IAC to assess the economic and community impact of the cultural district on the city, town or larger area it serves.

Guidelines

This program is currently closed. 

  • A letter of intent to apply is required to be eligible for the Statewide Cultural District Program.

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Eligibility

Prior to application, it is essential to completely understand ALL of the following requirements.  You must be able and willing to fulfill every requirement listed to be eligible for the Statewide Cultural District program. 

Applicant requirements and restrictions:

  1. The applicant MUST be the municipal government (city government, or if none exists, the county government, or both applicable governments if applying jointly) of the area in which the proposed cultural district is located. 

  2. Applicants must have a local cultural district designation by the governmental body in which the district is located.  The designation can be in process when the application is submitted but evidence of completion must be submitted before a state designation is officially given.

  3. Two or more cities, towns or counties that extend  across a common boundary may apply jointly for statewide cultural district designation.  The above two requirements must still be met.

Review Process & Criteria

The following criteria will be used in assessment of each application:

  1. Community Profile/District Identity Components - up to 20 points
    The components of this category provide a picture of the landscape in which the cultural district is located through demographics, support documentation such as maps and photographs, and narrative.  

  2. Cultural Development - up to 25 points
    The purpose of this category is to promote the development of cultural assets and encourage the exploration of and participation in cultural experiences through the arts and humanities.

  3. Community Development - up to 15 points
    The purpose of this category is to support community partnerships by engaging local residents in community-building events rooted in the arts and humanities.  Community partnerships may include some combination of government, for-profit and non-profit organizations. 

  4. Economic Development/Tourism Development - up to 15 points
    The purpose of this category is to support the economic vitality of local communities through revitalization, tourism and increasing property values. Strategies may include but are not limited to the rehabilitation of existing historic buildings for commercial re-use and the development of artist studios or housing.

  5. Cultural District Management and Planning - up to 25 points
    Cultural District development includes providing adequate management for the district throughout the district’s lifespan.  The CD must have a current long range plan for developing and sustaining the district.  The purpose of this category is to ensure the support and growth of the cultural district by the municipality and the partnering organizations.

How to Apply

  1. A Letter of Intent must be submitted before applying.
    1. The Letter of Intent must be submitted before an application will be accepted.

  2. Complete the online application using the IAC's Online Grant System.
    1. To be eligible for participation in the program, the entire application must be completed and submitted online along with all required support documentation.

Deadlines for Applicants

Letter of Intent: Applications for 2013 have closed.

Application Deadline: Applications for 2013 have closed.

Applicant Resources

Excel Templates:

Samples:

Contact Us 

For all application questions and program requirements please contact Kristina Davis, Director of Programs, at 317-232-1279 or kdavis-smith@iac.in.gov

For all electronic application and reporting issues please contact April Blevins, Grants/Technology Manager, at 317-232-1278 or ablevins@iac.in.gov.

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