About IFA

India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) is a national, not-for-profit, grantmaking 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 490 arts projects disbursing over Rs 21 crores in twenty one states across India. IFA entered its 20th year of grantmaking in 2015.

Mission Statement

IFA enriches the practice and knowledge of, widens public access to, and strengthens capacities and infrastructure in the arts in India, by supporting innovative projects, commissioning research and creating public platforms.

Vision Statement

To ensure that the arts, in all their diversity, are nurtured and valued because they enrich individual and community life and are critical to envisioning the future of our society.

Beliefs and Values Statement

The arts are indispensable to individual and community well being. Support for the arts should be widely accessible without prejudice to class, language, religion or gender. It is vital to encourage reflection on the arts as well as reflective arts practices. Transparency, mutual trust and give-and-take must characterise the business of arts philanthropy.

We Support 

Arts Practice - To support critical practice in the arts and encourage practitioners working across artistic disciplines to question existing notions through their practice. 

Arts Research - To support research into the various histories and expressions of artistic practices with an emphasis on encouraging researchers and practitioners to investigate marginalised or relatively unexplored areas in order to create spaces for dialogue between theory and practice.

Arts Education - To enrich education through the arts by offering grants to and organizing workshops for school teachers and to strengthen advocacy for arts education by supporting research and seminars.

Archival and Museum Fellowships - To enable artists and curators to engage with public/private archives and museum collections to make new work, thereby enriching their own practice as well as activating these spaces.

We Organise

  • Festivals, seminars, conferences and presentations
  • Workshops on themes of relevance to the arts
  • Conversations between artists
  • Collaborative projects with other like spirited organisations

We Publish

  • A quarterly e-newsletter
  • Studies, reports and manuals on various aspects of the arts

We Offer Services

  • Design and manage arts courses for educational institutions
  • Develop and conduct arts workshops and events for corporations
  • Produce evaluations, reports, directories and databases for foundations and cultural organisations.
  • Share information and expertise with artists and organisations