Create Indy Fund Offers Grants for Design, Film, M...

Create Indy Fund Offers Grants for Design, Film, M...

 Indianapolis, IN, Unknown


The Create Indy Fund exists to enrich and expand innovative and inclusive cultural engagement in Indianapolis. The fund supports individuals and organizations in Marion County that focus on developing the city’s emerging culture in the following areas:

  • design
  • film and media
  • music
  • food and beverage

The fund will provide two rounds of grant awards—the first round will award up to a total of $50,000 to projects within the design, film, and new media categories. The second round will award up to a total of $50,000 to projects within the music and food/beverage categories. Applicants may only submit one application with a request not exceeding $10,000. Previous applicants and awardees will be eligible to reapply for the grant as funding allows.

Funding will support creative projects, community programming, and/or public events. All projects should have a public component that engages Marion County residents, which may be accomplished by inviting community members to participate in the creative process or through a culminating public presentation or performance.

The application deadline for Round 1—Design, Film, and New Media is September 17, 2018. Funding decisions will be announced by October 15, 2018 with funding distributed soon after the announcement.

If you have questions about the funding opportunities through the Create Indy Fund, please contact:

Scarlett Martin, Administrator of Community and Economic Development
Office of Mayor Joe Hogsett
City of Indianapolis

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From the press release:

Mayor Joe Hogsett launches Create Indy

Programs aim to drive economic and neighborhood development, cultivate innovation in art industries, and uplift the cultural identity of Indianapolis

Mayor Joe Hogsett announced the launch of Create Indy, a comprehensive effort to advance Indianapolis’ growing cultural industries, as well as two new grant programs that will help to jump-start the city-wide investment strategy. Building upon legacy investments in local arts and culture, this work seeks to catalyze new opportunities for the local economy and position Indianapolis as a hub for innovation in arts and culture.

“Working with our partners, this cultural investment strategy will strengthen our city’s arts industries, creative individuals, and cultural organizations – not just with recognition, but with resources,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “Together, these efforts will drive further economic growth and investment in our community, for through art and innovation, a city creates its identity.”

As part of today’s announcement, the Create Indy Fund will invest in our city’s cultural districts and provide a funding source for emerging cultural sectors through two new grant programs:

Create Indy – Emerging Sectors
Create Indy will support the development of the city’s emerging cultural economies in the areas of design, film and new media, music, and food and beverage. This grant program is designed to support innovative concepts in these sectors that may not qualify for traditional funding sources, sparking catalytic growth. The first round of grant awards will total $50,000. Organizations and individuals may apply for up to $10,000 each here.

Create Indy – Cultural District Awards
Mayor Hogsett announced this morning the award of Create Indy grants to support strategic planning efforts in five Indianapolis cultural districts: Indiana Avenue, Fountain Square, Massachusetts Avenue, Broad Ripple, and Market East. Following a year-long planning process, these districts will be eligible for additional funding of up to $50,000 to support implementation. This program aims to advance the continued success of these areas as unique cultural destinations in Indianapolis.

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Create Indy will work to align resources and build upon existing efforts to form a comprehensive approach to building Indianapolis’ cultural economy. To help shape and drive this work, Mayor Hogsett has brought together a group of industry and economic experts, who will advise the City’s continued support of the evolving cultural activities in Indianapolis. Create Indy is funded by a coalition of community partners including the Central Indiana Community Foundation, Visit Indy, and the Arts Council of Indianapolis. In addition to overseeing the distribution of the two new grant opportunities, Create Indy will aid in the following strategic planning efforts:

Music City Strategy
The City has identified music as a key emerging industry in Indianapolis. In partnership with the Indy Chamber, Develop Indy, and Sound Diplomacy, the Music City Strategy highlighted today seeks to map the city’s music assets and build a strategy that drives economic growth by uplifting the music scene and related industries. The Music City Strategy was launched in May with a Music Cities Forum held at The Hi-Fi.

Film Indy
Established in 2016, Film Indy is the city’s film commission, dedicated to uplifting local visual artists as well as recruiting and supporting film and television productions that have potential for large economic impact, especially those that bring job opportunities to the city’s creative class. The creation of Film Indy, an arm of Visit Indy, coincided with the implementation of an official film application with the City of Indianapolis. Today’s announcement celebrated the more than 200 film and media projects that have had a collective economic impact of $9.7 million and created 800 jobs in the Indianapolis region since Film Indy’s launch in 2016.

Building upon investments made in prior administrations, Mayor Hogsett has remained dedicated to advancing arts and culture in our city through the support of community partners such as the Arts Council of Indianapolis. In 2016, Mayor Hogsett signed the Percent for Arts ordinance, establishing a funding system for public art through development projects.