Creative Capacity Grants provide unrestricted general operating support to arts and culture organizations of all sizes, local arts agencies, and arts and culture organizations from Tribal Nations, whose primary mission is to produce, present, teach or serve the arts.

The application period for FY2023 Creative Capacity Grants is now closed.

Grant Guidelines
Levels I-VI
(Annual budget of $4,000 – $199,999)

Grant Guidelines
Levels V-VIII
(Annual budget of $200,000+)

Who is it for?

The Creative Capacity Grants (CCG) program is open to Arizona arts and culture organizations that:

  • are incorporated as a nonprofit organization with tax-exempt status or are a unit of government∗
  • have a primary mission to produce, present, teach or serve the arts
  • have a minimum annual budget of $4,000 (see Grant Levels & Award Ranges section below for more information)
  • will incur eligible expenses during the funding period of July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

Multidisciplinary or multipurpose organizations are eligible for CCGs if they meet the above requirements and are able to demonstrate that the arts comprise over 51% of the organization’s public programming and budget. Multidisciplinary or multipurpose organizations are strongly encouraged to contact staff before submitting a CCG application to discuss eligibility (see FAQ).

∗ unincorporated organizations with an annual budget under $200,000 (levels I-IV) that are otherwise eligible may apply through a nonprofit fiscal sponsor.

Please note, while an organization or unit of government may be eligible for more than one grant program, the Arts Commission limits the number of applications that may be submitted across programs to one application per entity per funding period. Organizations applying for a Creative Capacity Grant in Fiscal Year 2023 may not apply for any other Arts Commission grants for organizations.

CCG funds are intended to support general day-to-day operating costs, such as the following:

  • Salaries and Personnel Expenses: creative workers (i.e., artists, tradition bearers, designers, educators, curators, program administrators, services providers and other creative contributors), production staff, administrators, teachers, contractors, consultants
  • Artistic/Production Expenses: supplies, materials, equipment, venues, royalties, licensing
  • Administrative Expenses: office space and supplies, insurance, professional services like accounting or payroll, fees for banking, online services and platforms, training and education costs, marketing and promotion costs

Organizations apply in one of eight grant levels based on their budget size. For these purposes, budget size is determined by the organization’s adjusted annual revenue from their most recently completed fiscal year. In this program, adjusted annual revenue is defined as total annual revenue minus any in-kind support value. 

Annual Adjusted Revenue
Level 1 $4,000 – $19,999
Level 2 $20,000 – $49,999
Level 3 $50,000 – $99,999
Level 4 $100,000 – $199,999

Annual Adjusted Revenue
Level 5 $200,000 – $399,999
Level 6 $400,000 – $999,999
Level 7 $1,000,000 – $4,999,999
Level 8 $5,000,000 and above

Potential award amounts vary by level.

Awards are paid out over the course of the Arts Commission’s fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) on a predetermined schedule referred to as payment windows. Typically, payments begin with Level I grantees in the second quarter of the agency’s fiscal year (October – December) and end with Level VIII grantees receiving payment in the last quarter (April – June). A grantee’s payment window will be listed on the Award Agreement letter.

Multi-year Funding

The Creative Capacity Grant will operate on a multi-year funding cycle, with organizations submitting a full application every three years. In the two alternate years, grantees will submit an abbreviated application update.

For FY2023, as the Arts Commission’s regular organizational grantmaking has been on hiatus during the pandemic and the general operating support grant has been revised with new review criteria and award structures, all organizations applying to this new program will complete a full application and undergo panel review. An alternate-year application cycle will be implemented beginning in FY2024.

Grantee Requirements

All CCG awards must be matched with cash (at least 1:1) by the grantee organization by the end of the funding period (June 30, 2023).

Grantees will be required to submit a final report following the end of the funding period, typically due in early August of the following calendar year. The final report will be made available in April 2023 so that recipients have ample time to complete it.

Applicants are encouraged to do the following prior to beginning their application:

Create or update your Submittable account

The Arts Commission runs application processes through Submittable, a cloud-based online submissions platform that can be accessed on most computers and mobile devices. To apply for a grant, you will need a Submittable user account for your organization. If your organization has previously created a Submittable account to apply for a grant from the Arts Commission or another entity, you may log in using your existing username and password. 

If you do not already have one, you can create a free account at https://manager.submittable.com/signup. 

After creating or logging in to your Submittable account, applicants will be prompted to confirm their contact information before proceeding to the application. All official Arts Commission correspondence will be sent to the contact information associated with the applicant’s Submittable account, so please ensure that this contact information is accurate and kept up to date. 

Create or log in to your SMU DataArts profile (Levels V-VIII only)

DataArts is a powerful online data management tool designed to strengthen arts and culture organizations nationwide. Organizations enter financial, programmatic, and operational data into a standardized online form and can then produce a variety of reports based on this data, including the DataArts Funder Report submitted with the CCG application.

If your organization doesn’t already have a profile you can register at https://da.culturaldata.org/register

Reach out to Arts Commission staff or the DataArts Support Center for questions and assistance.

Request accommodations

Please contact the Arts Commission before the application deadline if you require an accessibility accommodation or have other extenuating circumstances affecting your use of the online platform.

Applications undergo a public review process. They are first reviewed by Arts Commission staff for completeness and eligibility. Late or incomplete applications will be ineligible for subsequent panel review or funding.

Eligible applications are then evaluated by independent review panels made up of arts professionals from communities throughout the state. Each application is reviewed based on how well it demonstrates alignment with the evaluation criteria.

Panelists first review applications individually then meet to discuss the applications and finalize assessment as a group. This deliberation meeting is open to the public and applicants are encouraged to attend or listen-in online. Applicants being reviewed will be notified when panel dates are set.

Grant panel recommendations are then approved by the Arts Commission’s Governor-appointed board of commissioners.

Applicant Resources

To help organizations prepare their best application, Arts Commission staff will host multiple online information sessions. Click below to register.

January 27
10:00 am – 11:00 am

CLOSED

February 10
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

CLOSED

February 24
10:00 am – 11:00 am

CLOSED

March 10
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

CLOSED

Recorded Info Session

Originally presented on February 10, 2022, this information session offers viewers an overview of the Creative Capacity Grant program, including eligibility requirements, application questions, and review criteria.

To skip to a particular section, click on the icon in the play bar in the lower right corner of the video window.

To watch with captions, click on the icon in the play bar.

Some applicants find it helpful to develop responses for the Narrative Questions section of the application using word processing software, then to copy/paste into the Submittable application. Click the link below to download a Word document of the questions for your funding level.

Narrative Questions for Levels I-IV

Narrative Questions for Levels V-VIII

The DataArts – Cultural Data Profile (CDP) is a powerful online management tool designed to strengthen arts and cultural organizations. Organizations enter financial, programmatic, and operational data into a standardized online form and can then generate funder reports as part of the application process to participating grantmakers, including the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Organizations can also use their data to produce a variety of reports designed to help increase management capacity, identify strengths and challenges, and inform decision-making.

For more information about DataArts, visit http://www.culturaldata.org/.

Orientation to the DataArts Platform from DataArts on Vimeo.


How to Run a Funder Report from DataArts on Vimeo.


DataArts Support Center info:
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00am to 7:00pm ET
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (877) 707-DATA (877) 707-3282
Fax: (215) 383-0752
Online Knowledge Base: http://culturaldata.force.com/Resources/?l=en_US