Indiana arts, tourism groups can compete for $10M

By The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Arts, cultural and tourism organizations around Indiana can compete for a share of $10 million in aid intended to give a boost to groups impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch has announced that qualifying organizations whose normal operations have been disrupted by COVID-19 are eligible for the state grants, which are funded by the federal CARES Act.

“The arts and cultural sector adds vibrancy and depth to Hoosiers’ lives and is a significant factor in the health of Indiana’s tourism economy,” Crouch said.

The funding will be jointly awarded by the Indiana Destination Development Corp. and the Indiana Arts Commission, The (Northwest Indiana) Times reported.

Indiana-based nonprofit organizations can apply for the funds through the Indiana Arts Commission website at The application deadline is Sept. 8.

Lewis Ricci, executive director of the state arts commission, said the funding “will help preserve the arts and cultural community assets that our citizens value.”

“In cities, towns and counties both urban and rural, big and small, the arts play a vital role in economy, quality of life, and community identity,” Ricci said.

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