Over 20 Years of Celebrating the Arts
India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) is an independent, national, not-for-profit, grantmaking organisation based in Bangalore that supports practice, research and education in the arts and culture in India. Set up as a Public Charitable Trust in 1993, we started making grants in 1995. We have supported over 540 projects disbursing over Rs 24 crore (USD 3.4 million) across the country. The outcomes of these projects—as books, films, performances, exhibitions and archival materials—have been circulating in the public domain through showcases, presentations, seminars, screenings, lecture demonstrations and festivals, helping widen access and encouraging broader participation in the arts.
We believe that the arts and culture are essential to our individual and community lives, and for a more equitable and just world. It gives meaning to our existence and enables us to enquire into our past, critique our present and imagine collective futures. It connects us through shared experiences—to question, resist, and build. The arts makes us human, makes us more.
We support critical work that challenges dominant narratives and speaks truth to power. We focus on journeys that seek unheard voices and untold stories, which are often ignored or erased. As a facilitator, catalyst and provocateur in the field, we enable investigations, explorations and experiments that push boundaries of knowledge and practice.
We fund projects under four key programmes—Arts Research, Arts Practice, Arts Education, and Archival and Museum Fellowships, especially encouraging work in Indian languages other than English.
Other than these programmes;
Our work is made possible with the support we receive from national and international foundations, trusts, corporate houses, and individuals. All donations to IFA are tax-exempt under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act in India, and under IRC501(c)(3), in the USA. We also organise fundraising activities and offer arts services to various stakeholders to mobilise resources.
IFA is recognised as a pioneering independent funding organisation in the country and in the international arena. We participate in, debate, discuss and argue the vital need for support for the arts and culture and its essential role in human lives, at forums across the world.