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.
Organizations applying for Community Investment Grants may not apply for Festival Grants within the same funding period.
For the purposes of this grant program, a Festival is defined as an event that is a periodic—often annual—gathering or celebration that happens in a condensed period of time, featuring a varied and curated program of events, having an easily identifiable and unifying theme or specified focus.
Festivals may be multidisciplinary in scope and often feature arts engagement opportunities. Festival activities can include various performing, visual and literary arts, food, and traditional demonstrations, but also may be specific to an artistic discipline.
Festivals allow communities to share artistic and cultural traditions which can create vibrant opportunities and experiences for citizens and visitors. A festival is often a person’s first experience and point of entry with the arts and can serve as a bridge to new kinds of arts attendance.
March 14, 2019, 11:59pm
Grant review panels convened
May 2019 (dates and times to be announced)
July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.
Level I (Total Expense Budget of $19,999 or less): $2,000
Level II (Total Expense Budget of $20,000 or more):$3,000
Contracted Artistic Services & Artists Fees
Guest artist contractual fees including travel, lodging, and per diem expenses.
Includes insurance, sound, lighting, and equipment rental and operation for the artistic project only.
Includes stage, space, or venue rental for the artistic project only.
Includes contracted graphic design services, the purchase of advertising space, and creation of digital and printed promotional materials for the entire event.
Application requirements and instructions can be found in the document linked below:
Please review the grant guidelines thoroughly before beginning the application.
Online Information Sessions
Join Kristen Pierce Kent from the Arizona Commission on the Arts for a webinar-style online presentation.
Online Information Session
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Online Information Session
Community Investment Grants
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
12:00 – 1:00pm
In-Person Information Sessions
The Arizona Commission on the Arts will tour the state presenting in-person information sessions about both Community Investment Grants and Festival Grants.
Additional locations/dates will be added as they are scheduled.
Information Session Recording
The video below is a recording of the online information session presented on February 5, 2019. you can also click here to download the presentation slides.