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Power Plant Grant for Indianapolis Visual Artists

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Entry Deadline: 7/10/22
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Number of Applications Allowed: 2
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 5, Maximum:Max. 10
Audio | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 2
Video | Minimum:Min. 0, Maximum:Max. 2
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 5, Maximum:Max. 14
Call Type: Award
Eligibility: Local
State: Indiana

ELIGIBILITY: Artists, collectives, collaborative groups, partnerships, and artist-run spaces residing within the Indianapolis metropolitan area are eligible to apply. Awarded artists should remain resident for the entire period of their award. See map at

VISION: Power Plant Grants provide opportunities for Indianapolis area artists to make and share experimental work and ideas in public spaces around the region - by providing direct support for exceptional, under-the-radar, artist-driven, and artist-centered projects.  These grants receive support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and are developed and implemented by Big Car collaborative.

Power Plant Grants fund projects that:

• happen in unexpected places
• are visually engaging, and involve any media or practices, singly or combined
• challenge mainstream methods of thinking, making or presenting
• add energy and diversity to the arts in our region
• encourage the development of new kinds of audiences

The proposed work may address and provide creative growth for either of two audiences:

1. Other regional artists, in venues appropriate for the work;
2. The general public – defined as specific communities, large or small. These projects MUST happen in carefully chosen public venues – ones that are designed to introduce new and surprising experiences to this chosen audience in a compelling and meaningful way. 

Artists, curators, collectives, collaborative groups, partnerships, and artist-run spaces residing within the Indianapolis metropolitan area are eligible to apply. Awarded artists should remain resident for the entire period of their award. See map at

Power Plant Grants are specifically not available for non-profit, 501c3 organizations, or for current or recently graduated students.

Proposals that bridge geographic or cultural communities are strongly encouraged.

The Power Plant Grant program for 2022-23 will provide grants in the amount of $60,000 total. These will include:

  • Full project awards: Cash grants of up to $10,000 each, to area artists, performers, curators, and writers - as individuals or groups - to support the creation and presentation of new work/projects with a strong visual component. Artists with ongoing projects or practices are welcome to apply, providing the application proposes significant evolution or adaptation that will open up new directions in the work – even if for only one year. The majority of grants are awarded at or near the $6-10,000 level.
  • Research & development awards: Cash grants of $2,000 each to support research and development for ambitious new projects that require a longer period of planning. The selection panel may also award this grant to proposals that they find to be compelling, but which seem to require more development and/or funding, by submitting a report to the partner institutions, rather than by a full reapplication process.

Applicants will be considered for both levels of funding, unless they elect not to be considered for the smaller award. The selection panel will ultimately determine which level of grant is awarded, based on their assessment of the project’s needs and merits.

Supported projects may include visual art, performance, film screenings, video, new media, writing, public programming, social practice and interdisciplinary projects. Performing artists and writers are eligible to apply, but all work should include a compelling visual component, and performers/authors are encouraged to form collaborations with visual artists to achieve this end.

TIMELINE FOR Power Plant Grants 2022-2023:

Monday, May 9, 2022 –Applications open via
Sunday, July 3 – Application draft review deadline [optional]. Please send via email.
Sunday, July 10, 2022 – Applications close online, at 11.59 PM CST
Wednesday, August 17, 2022 – Artists’ presentations at Selection Panel meeting in Indianapolis*
Friday, August 19, 2022 – Award recipients notified
Monday, August 29, 2022 – Public Announcement of 2022-23 Awards

* If you progress to the final round of the selection process, ALL individual artists, or AT LEAST ONE TEAM MEMBER (maximum 2) of each artist group, MUST be present at the Selection Panel meeting, in Indianapolis on August 17. You will be asked to give a 5-minute illustrated presentation of your proposal with a 5-minute question and answer period immediately following. Selected artists and teams will be notified on Monday, August 1 if they have been chosen to present their application materials to the Selection Panel on August 17Please hold this date open (9 AM-3 PM). More details will be supplied if you are selected.

You will also need to prepare and upload images/work samples and a budget, so you are advised not to leave this to the last minute! Apply early!


We're hosting information sessions to add clarification and insight to the Power Plant Grant process. Join virtually or in-person:

June 14, 2022 at 6 p.m. (EST) via Zoom. Join here.

June 29, 2022 at 6 p.m. (EST) at Tube Factory artspace (1125 Cruft St, Indianapolis, IN 46203

Big Car Collaborative and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts bear no legal responsibility for any work submitted in response to this Call for Proposals, or any outcomes connected to realized projects.

Big Car Collaborative and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts reserve the right to use submitted images, with credits, for the purposes of promotion and fund-raising.


  • Key artist statement and biography
  • Social media links
  • Project summary, timeline, and budget
  • Work samples (minimum of 5)
  • Public access and potential venue(s) (please note that funded projects cannot be hosted on any property owned or operated by Big Car Collaborative, facilitators of the Power Plant Grants)

For a complete description of funding priorities, eligibility criteria, selection process, artist responsibilities, application instructions, FAQs, application tips, budget forms and budget instructions, please visit You will also find information on this website about outreach sessions. These will help you find answers to questions you may have about your application.