Operating Support Allocations

Operating Support Allocations

Arts United serves the community by investing in high-performing arts and cultural organizations and their ability to innovate, evolve and serve the community.  Since our founding in 1955, Arts United has served as an important source of sustainable operating support for our region’s arts and cultural organizations. Today, thanks to the generous contributions to our Annual Fund Drive from our community’s diverse base of residents, businesses, and foundations, Arts United provides significant financial backing to local arts and culture organizations.  Operating support is essential to enabling northeast Indiana’s finest arts associations to operate from a position of financial stability – giving them the resources they need to attract talent and share their crafts with the community.

Eligibility Criteria

Operating Support Grants are invested in nonprofit organizations that satisfy the following eligibility criteria.

1. General

  • Organization is a private, nonprofit, tax-exempt agency with 501(c)3 status from the Internal Revenue Service and is incorporated in the State of Indiana
  • Organization is physically headquartered in Allen County, Indiana
  • Organization has been in continual operation for at least 3 years


2. Mission and Programming

  • Organization operates with arts, culture and history as the organization’s primary mission and/or purpose
  • Majority of the organization’s artistic or cultural programming engages the local community in the production, creation, curation and presentation
  • Organization is in operation throughout the year and presents programming to the community year-round
  • Organization’s programming is accessible and directly benefits the general public


For more information, download the FY2019 Operating Support Grant Allocation Guidelines.