Groups partner for arts grants

The Heritage Fund — The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County and Columbus Area Arts Council are partnering to provide $50,000 in grants for arts and culture projects, available to not-for-profit organizations, service clubs and houses of worship.

The Welcoming Community projects are intended to celebrate an environment of inclusion in and around the unveiling of the city’s Exhibit Columbus installations Aug. 26.

“This community has long understood the economic development impact of arts, culture and design,” said Tracy Souza, Heritage Fund president and CEO. “In addition to creating an inviting and dynamic place to live, arts, culture and design can bring together people and organizations of all backgrounds.”

Proposals should seek to accomplish at least one of the following:

Increased understanding/appreciation of cultural differences and commonalities.

Showcase and strengthen diversity through design/productions/exhibitions.

Increase art accessibility in public and/or neighborhood venues.

Broaden and include participation from diverse groups and individuals such as ethnic/cultural groups, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender, young professionals, seniors, economically disadvantaged community members and new residents.

Diverse collaborations leading to artistic and/or design innovation.

Individual artists and for-profit organizations are eligible to participate, provided they are partnering with a non-profit agency.

Grant applications will be accepted until April 14 and award decisions will be made in early May.

Welcoming Community has been an area of focus for Heritage Fund, whose mission is to:

Provide responsible stewardship of gifts donated for broad charitable purposes.

Develop leadership to address community issues.

Serve as a catalyst for positive change in partnership with others.

Promote philanthropy broadly within the community.

Exhibit Columbus is a new, annual exploration of architecture, art, design and community being coordinated by Landmark Columbus, an organization dedicated to caring for and celebrating the world-renowned design heritage of Columbus.

It will include the five inaugural Miller Prize architectural exhibits, which are temporary design projects sometimes known as pop-up art or architecture. Winners of the Miller Prize, named for the late community leaders J. Irwin and Xenia Miller, were selected in early January.

Funding for Exhibit Columbus has come from individuals, foundations and corporations around Indiana, including The Heritage Fund.

At a glance

Heritage Fund is making available $50,000 in funding for the arts to broaden the impact of being a welcoming community. A complete list of guidelines and submission details can be found at

People interested in the grant can also contact Abbie Bush at 812-376-7772 or by email at

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at or 812-379-5633.