State announces $10M fund to help arts, cultural organizations

The state on Wednesday announced the creation of a $10 million fund to assist arts and cultural organizations that have been hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grant program will be administered by the Indiana Destination Development Corp. and will be funded by the state’s share of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act funds.

Both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations, including arts and cultural organizations, museums, theaters, community event organizations, festival organizations, destination marketing organizations and others, will be eligible for the grants.

The goal of the support grants is to preserve annual community events, festivals, fairs, expos and gatherings that “are an essential part of the vitality of local communities and improve quality of life, elevate and maintain local arts and cultural organizations and alleviate the impact of business interruption due to COVID-19,” the state said in a statement.

“Governor Holcomb and I know that our arts and cultural organizations are especially vulnerable right now,” Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch said when announcing the program. “Our arts, culture and local traditions all make considerable and necessary contributions to the well-being of our communities.”

The program was developed to assist and preserve the Hoosier Hospitality destinations and organizations that help enhance the quality of life the state offers, she said.

The program launches Monday. More information can be found at visitIndiana.com.

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