Community Foundation of St. Joseph County

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Community Foundation Awards FY2021 IAC Regional Arts Grants

Distributes Over $203,000 to 30 Area Arts Organizations

Thirty area organizations have received grants from the Indiana Arts Commission (IAC) to support their arts programming from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021. These grants, which total over $203,000, were awarded through the IAC’s partnership with the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County.  Since 1998, the Community Foundation has been a Regional Arts Partner for the IAC, overseeing the grants application and award process for St. Joseph, Elkhart, Fulton, Marshall, Kosciusko, and Starke counties in northern Indiana.

IAC grants are made in two separate categories: Arts Organization Support (AOS) grants and Arts Project Support (APS) grants. AOS grants provide annual operating support for the ongoing artistic and administrative functions of eligible arts organizations. APS grants provide funding for arts organizations and other organizations to support a specific aspect of the organization’s arts activities. Funding decisions are made with the help of volunteer panelists, who evaluate grant applications based on organizational excellence, community engagement, project management, and artistic quality.

These grants are made possible in part by the Community Foundation of St. Joseph County and the Indiana Arts Commission, which receives support from the state of Indiana and National Endowment for the Arts.

Recipients are, by category of funding:


Elkhart Civic Theatre, Inc. (Elkhart County): $7,269.12
Elkhart County Symphony Association (Elkhart County): $6,587.52
Fischoff National Chamber Music Association (St. Joseph County): $9,087.36
Heartland Artists (Marshall County): $5,451.84
Lakeland Art Association, Inc. (Kosciusko County): $2,045.18
Main Stage, Inc. (St. Joseph County): $6,587.52
Maple City Chamber Orchestra Society, Inc. (Elkhart County): $4,002.43
The Music Village (St. Joseph County): $7,269.12
Musical Arts Indiana (St. Joseph County): $5,451.84
Patchwork Dance Company (St. Joseph County): $5,451.84
The Ruthmere Foundation, Inc. (Elkhart County): $11,812.80
South Bend Civic Theatre (St. Joseph County):  $17,265.60
South Bend Museum of Art (St. Joseph County): $14,539.20
South Bend Symphony Orchestra Association, Inc. (St. Joseph County): $17,265.60
South Bend Youth Symphony Orchestras, Inc. (St. Joseph County): $6,587.52
Southold Dance Theater (St. Joseph County): $11,812.80
Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts (Kosciusko County): $17,265.60
Wild Rose Moon (Marshall County): $5,451.84


City of Elkhart Parks and Recreation Dept. (Elkhart County): $2,835.00
City of Warsaw Parks and Recreation Dept. (Kosciusko County): $4,050
Constellation of Starke Creatives Network (Starke County): $4,050
Fulton County Historical Society (Fulton County): $4,050
Goshen Community Chorale (Elkhart County): $4,050
Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley (St. Joseph County): $4,050
LOGAN Community Resources (St. Joseph County): $4,050
Middlebury Community Public Library (Elkhart County): $2,405.70
Robinson Community Learning Center, University of Notre Dame (St. Joseph County): $4,050
Starke County Youth Club (Starke County): $4,050
Syracuse Turkey Creek Public Library (Kosciusko County): $500
Trustees of Indiana University South Bend (St. Joseph County): $4,050

Learn more about the Community Foundation's support of the arts and arts organizations on our website. A nonprofit philanthropic endowment, the Community Foundation serves the people of St. Joseph County through initiatives and grant-making in the areas of arts and culture, health and human services, parks and community development, and youth and education.