India Foundation for the Arts
By Ruam Mukherjee Follow | Public

Those interested in performing arts.
India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) is a national, not-for-profit, grant-making organisation that supports practice, research and education in the arts in India. Set up as a Public Charitable Trust in 1993, IFA started making grants in 1995. IFA has supported over 400 arts projects disbursing over Rs 21 crores in twenty one states across India.

IFA’s mission is to enrich practice and knowledge, by widening public access to the arts, and strengthen the capacities and infrastructure of the arts in India by supporting innovative projects, commissioning research and creating public platforms. IFA makes grants under four key progammes – Arts Practice, Arts Education, Arts Research, and Archival and Museum Fellowships.

IFA enters its 20th year of grant making this year. IFA’s journey of 20 years has ensured support for diverse artists, musicians, dancers, performers, theatre, practitioners, photographers, writers, researchers, educators, curators, filmmakers and more. The outcomes of these projects as books, films, performances, exhibitions and archival materials have been circulated in the public domain through showcases, presentations, seminars, screenings, lecture demonstrations and festivals, helping widen access for a diverse public encouraging broader participation in the arts.

IFA is led by its Executive Director, Arundhati Ghosh, an internationally recognised professional in the arts and organised philanthropy. An eminent circle of Board of Trustees with experience in the arts and humanities, industry, finance, public affairs, communications and law oversee the foundation; and include individuals like Githa Hariharan, Ishaat Hussain, Pramit Jhaveri, Priya Paul, Sajan Poovayya, Sheba Chhachhi and Shubha Mudgal to name a few.

IFA has received grants from national and international foundations and trusts, including the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Tata Trusts, Qualcomm Foundation, Godrej Foundation, Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation and Infosys Foundation.

IFA received the NGO Award 2009, instituted by The Rockefeller Foundation and Resource Alliance, UK, for its commitment to the arts transparency, good governance and financial management.