March 15, 2018 @ 11:59 am – 11:59 am

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.

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.

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.

Festival activities must last a minimum of one six-hour day and may only span the duration of two consecutive weekends. The majority of the event content and programming must be experienced live and in person and must be dynamic in nature. For the purposes of this grant program, festival activities can include juried processes, but scholarships, pageants or standalone award ceremonies are ineligible.

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. Festivals may be multidisciplinary in scope and often feature arts education opportunities. Festival activities can include various performing, visual and literary arts, food, and traditional demonstrations, but also may be specific to an artistic discipline.

An applicant must be incorporated as an Arizona nonprofit organization with tax-exempt status or be a unit of government. Eligible organizations include Arizona local arts agencies, tribal cultural organizations, government departments or agencies, university/college departments, and other nonprofit cultural and social service organizations. Unincorporated organizations may apply through a nonprofit fiscal sponsor.

Organizations applying for Community Investment Grants may not apply for Festival Grants within the same funding period.

DEADLINE: 11:59pm, Thursday, March 15, 2018, for the funding period of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

Kristen Pierce Kent
Organizational Grants and Services Manager
(602) 771-6517
Dedicated Grants Office Hours
Tuesdays & Wednesdays
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Festival Budget Form Updated:

The budget form has been revised for the FY19 application cycle.
DO NOT use/submit a previously saved version of the form.
Download the new version of this form to your device before entering/saving your data.
Applications submitted with the incorrect budget form will be considered incomplete and ineligible for funding.

Fiscal Year 2019 Online Information Sessions

To help potential applicants prepare successful applications, we are presenting online information sessions for Community Investment Grants. These online information sessions will walk potential applicants through the grant application guidelines, including eligibility requirements, funding restrictions, and application process.

A second online information session will be presented on

February 28, 2018
12:00 pm


Fiscal Year 2019 In-Person Information Sessions

In-person information sessions will be offered in February 2018. Dates, times, and locations to be announced. 

Eligible applications are evaluated through a panel review process. These panels include community leaders, local business-people, artists, arts administrators and educators from diverse geographic, artistic and cultural/ethnic communities of Arizona. Arts Commission staff members do not participate as review panelists. Panelists evaluate applications based solely on the published criteria and provide recommendations for funding to the Arts Commission. Individual Governor-appointed Commissioners chair the panel meetings and as a body, carefully consider the recommendations of the panelists in order to authorize the final grant awards.

Panel meetings are open to the public and applicants are encouraged to attend. In addition, a live audio stream of each meeting will be available for remote listening online.

Panel dates and locations will be available here in April 2018.

The application period for Fiscal Year 2019 Community Investment Grants is now closed.

The application deadline was 11:59pm, Thursday, March 15, 2018.

The grant guidelines below are provided only for reference.