The Arizona Commission on the Arts has published guidelines for Fiscal Year 2018 Community Investment Grants (CIG) and Festival Grants. We encourage prospective applicants to review these guidelines thoroughly and begin preparing application responses and materials as soon as possible. 

We are also pleased to offer an opportunity for potential applicants to learn more about these programs, changes for Fiscal Year 2018, and the application process during information session to be held online and in-person around the state.

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Community Investment Grants

Community Investment Grants (CIG) provide funding support for arts organizations that demonstrate exceptional alignment with the criteria of the CIG program. CIG awards are available to nonprofit arts organizations of all sizes, local arts agencies and tribal cultural organizations whose primary mission is to produce, present, teach or serve the arts.


Community Investment Grants (Alternate Year)

Organizations that received a Community Investment Grant (CIG) in the last funding cycle will apply as follows for Fiscal Year 2018.

  • CIG Levels I, II and III will submit a full application and undergo panel review.
  • CIG Levels IV, V and VI will submit an alternate year application.


Festival Grants

Festival Grants support organizations in their efforts to provide quality arts programming through festival activities and are awarded to assist with the costs of connecting artists (or their artistic work) with communities.

Submittable Is the New GO

Starting this funding cycle, the Arizona Commission on the Arts will be accepting grant applications through Submittable instead of GrantsOnline (GO). The transition will be simple for returning applicants and thanks to Submittable’s intuitive, user-friendly interface, the application process will be easier than ever.

Funder Report Requirements

Applicants are only required to submit a Funder Report for Fiscal Years 2013, 2014, and 2015. These are the same fiscal years that were required last year.

Fewer Questions for Smaller Organizations

Organizations with an adjusted annual operating budget under $250,000 (CIG Levels I-III) will see fewer narrative questions on their application. We’ve also simplified the language for all narrative questions based on applicant and panelist feedback.

Note on Fiscal Year 2017 Final Reports

Due to the unforeseen changes to Grants Online (GO), we will not be accepting final reports for Fiscal Year 2017 grants in GO. Organizations that received grant funding for Fiscal Year 2017 will receive email instructions no later than February 1, 2017 regarding the completion of your final report.

Recordings of Information Sessions and the presentation slides are available below:

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Presentation Slides

A recording of a previous session is also available for immediate viewing.

Register for an Online Information Session

The next online information sessions will be presented on Saturday, March 4. To register for a session, select the grant program/s that you would like to learn about below and provide the requested information.

CIG

Festival Grants

Online

January 19, 2017
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Closed Online

January 19, 2017
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Closed
Online

January 26, 2017
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Closed Online

January 26, 2017
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Closed
Online

March 4, 2017
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Closed Online

March 4, 2017
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Closed

In-Person Information Sessions

In-person information sessions were held in Mesa, Surprise, Tucson, Phoenix, and Flagstaff in January 2017. In addition to the in-person information sessions, online information sessions were offered covering the same content.

Additional sessions may be added. Check here for dates and times.

CIG

Festival Grants

Mesa: Mesa Arts Center

January 17, 2017
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Closed Mesa: Mesa Arts Center

January 17, 2017
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Closed
Surprise: Arts HQ, West Valley Arts Council

January 18, 2017
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Closed Surprise: Arts HQ, West Valley Arts Council

January 18, 2017
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Closed
Tucson: Pioneer Building
January 23, 2017
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Closed Tucson: Pioneer Building
January 23, 2017
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Closed
Phoenix: Phoenix Center for the Arts

January 24, 2017
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Closed Phoenix: Phoenix Center for the Arts

January 24, 2017
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Closed
Flagstaff: Coconino Center for the Arts

January 25, 2017
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Closed Flagstaff: Coconino Center for the Arts

January 25, 2017
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Closed

 


For questions regarding Fiscal Year 2018 grant guidelines, eligibility and application requirements:

Kristen Pierce
Organizational Grants and Services Manager
(602) 771-6517
kpierce@azarts.gov

For questions regarding the transition from Grants Online (GO) to Submittable:

Ben Watters
Grants and Research Director
(602) 771-6532
bwatters@azarts.gov