There is No “I” in Arts

Arts-related nonprofit organizations in communities in Central Indiana share similar values, missions and challenges. Bringing these like minds to the same table makes us all stronger. By offering access to funding opportunities, invitations to collaborate and more, we encourage organizations to become our Partner.

Nickel Plate Arts is also the Regional Arts Partner for Region 7 for the Indiana Arts Commission. If you’re looking for grants and other opportunities for Central Indiana artists and organizations, click here or scroll down for the latest news.

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How To Become a Nickel Plate Arts Partner

Nonprofit organizations and small businesses are stronger together. If your organization or company creates art or works with artists, we want to partner with you! By working together, we can grow your customers and audiences, advocate for the needs of the arts, and celebrate your victories!


Any nonprofit organization that has a stake in the arts can become our partner. 

  • You’re invited to annual partner meetings to share goals & meet other arts groups
  • All of your arts events that take place in our service area that are submitted to Hamilton County Tourism will be displayed on our website.
  • You will receive periodic newsletters about new opportunities for arts organizations
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We want to share what you are doing to make our Arts Community great!  Here’s how:

  • Receive all of the benefits listed above (including assistance with an event), plus:
  • You will be featured in the “Partner Events” section of our monthly newsletter
  • All of your events will be included on our website calendar
  • We’ll include your events in our monthly Current ads
  • When possible, we will include your events as special features in our social media feeds

Events can be hard to organize, especially when you are relying on volunteers. We can provide administrative help to keep your program on track and connect it to other resources!

  • Receive all of the benefits listed above, PLUS
  • One of our staff will join your event committee and provide administrative support for that event!

We have many ways to connect with big crowds, arts enthusiasts, and local leaders. We can introduce you to all of them:

  • Receive all of the benefits listed above (including assistance with an event), plus:
  • Your organization will get a ¼ page ad in one or more of our Arts Guide Magazines
  • We will feature your organization at one of our events:
    •  Your organization can take over a section of our campus for a First Friday or one of many other events
    • Our staff will help you select the event that best fits your needs 
    • At the event, you can collect contact information, sell items, present hands-on activities, stage a performance, or whatever best shows you off.  Our 20% commission rates will apply to all sales and transactions.

Region 7 Arts Partner Program

Nickel Plate Arts serves as the Regional Partner for the Indiana Arts Commission to connect with an assist arts organizations and artists in Central Indiana. If you are in one of the Region 7 counties, you can subscribe for email updates or peruse funding opportunities below.  Please, email for more information.  NPArts wants to send out a big thank you to the Indiana Arts Commission for their financial support.

Click here to go directly to the Grant Portal.


The Indiana Arts Commission funds two art organization grant programs:  Arts Operating Support (AOS) and Arts Project Support (APS).  The Grants Portal opens January 4th, 2023

Current grantees and new applicants are invited and encouraged to learn about the grant categories, the online grant system, application process, and changes for this year. Statewide virtual workshops are scheduled as follows (links forthcoming):

Click here to go directly to the Grant Portal to create, update, or review your application.

Guidelines, evaluation criteria, and updates are available below:

Arts Operating Support:

Changes to the AOS program have been made for 2023. Non-Profit Arts Organizations that have a previous fiscal budget of $20,000 or more should investigate the AOS program.  Reach out to Ryan Shelton at  You can also review the guidelines below.

Click here to download the evaluation criteria.

Arts Project Support:

Arts Project Support (APS) grants provide funding to Indiana 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and public entities for a specific arts project or activity(ies). Some examples of eligible projects include a one-time art event, a single performance, an exhibition, and educational workshop, or series of related arts activities such as art classes or training sessions that are open to the public, whether free or for a fee.

Click here to download the evaluation criteria.


Any Central Indiana artist or organization with an interest in the arts could qualify for funding and opportunities through the Regional Arts Partner program. Click below to let us know that you’d like to receive:

  • Occasional emails from the Indiana Arts Commission about their latest news, projects, and funding opportunities
  • Occasional emails from Nickel Plate Arts about new opportunities or updates on your grants and projects.
  • Connections to resources and other partners in the Region who can help you accomplish your goals (we will not share your contact info without your permission).
Funding Reimbursement Requests

We’re here to help! Click the link to send us an email with your questions or call 317-452-3690.

  • We can answer questions about Indiana Arts Commission grants
  • We can sign you up to become a grant reviewer
  • We can connect you with other organizations, businesses, artists or resources that can help you achieve your goals!
Submit Your Art Related Events

Submitting arts related events…

To accurately and efficiently keep up with this huge task of tracking all our Community Partner events, please submit your art related events to in the following standardized format:

Event Title
Date & Time
Cost for event
Description of the event
Website/event info. Link

Include contact person/info. (who can be reached for event questions)
Please also submit your logo or event related image if one is available

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Let us know how we’re doing

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Our mission is to cultivates arts resources to enrich the lives of everyone who experiences our community. We can’t achieve that mission without feedback from you.  We have two surveys related to our overall performance – each should take you 5 minutes or less to fill out.  Please consider taking one or both of them to help us grow and best serve you! Thank you!

Apply for Funding

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Nickel Plate Arts offers non-profit organizations up to $1,000 in funding for events and/or projects that build community around the arts in the communities of eastern Hamilton County, from Fishers to Atlanta. To apply for funding, simply fill out the form here. Our staff will review your application within one week of receipt. Funding decisions are based on the order in which applications are received, the strength of the application, its connection to the arts community and the availability of funds. For more information, please contact

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