Youth Arts Engagement Grants support programs focused on young people ages 24 and under that occur outside of traditional school hours, and which provide creative expression in safe and nurturing environments, are rooted in youth voices, narratives and perspectives, and utilize the assets of the community being served.

Who is it for?

Arizona nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status, schools/districts, or units of government who serve youth 24 and under outside of traditional school hours. This may include programs taking place in arts venues, community centers, school sites, and other youth-oriented settings.

Application Cycles

Cycle A

Application Due

August 5, 2021, 11:59 pm

Funding Period

July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022

Cycle B

Application Due

November 11, 2021, 11:59 pm

Funding Period

January 1, 2022 and June 30, 2022

Award Amount

Organizations can request $5,000 to $10,000.

Eligible Expenses

Grant funds may be used for any of the following (this list is not comprehensive):

  • artist, consultant, and other fees
  • support for staff salaries
  • materials or supplies
  • travel costs
  • technology
  • documentation
  • evaluation

Grant funds cannot be used for any projects, or days of a project, that take place before the start date of the cycle in which they are submitted, and/or after the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2022).

When you’re ready, click on the “Apply Now” button below. This will take you to a website called Submittable where you’ll submit your application materials. Please note that late or incomplete applications will be ineligible for review or funding.

The application period for FY2022 Youth Arts Engagement Grants is now closed.

Address each of these aspects of your proposal. You can type up your proposal narrative or you can upload it in video or audio recordings.

Organization/School Information

Organization/School Information collected in this section of the application is used solely for internal and reporting purposes and will not be considered during the application review.

  • Organization/School Name
  • Organization/School Mission Statement
  • County
  • Secondary Point of Contact
  • Authorizing Official
  • IRS Letter of Determination (if applicable).
  • Fiscal Sponsor Letter of Agreement (if applicable).
  • Demographic make-up of organization staff and board

Project Information

  • Project Title (10 word limit)
  • Project Summary (75 word limit)
  • Proposed Start and End Date of  Project


Narrative responses are limited to a maximum word (not character) count. Composing responses in a separate document allows an applicant to monitor the word counts set for each question.

If you share your proposal narrative in video or audio recordings keep it simple and to the point. The recordings should be just you, describing your proposal and answering the questions listed. Please do not include edits of your work samples or special effects. Production quality of these recordings will not be considered in your review. Just make sure we can hear and understand you and keep editing and post-production embellishment to a minimum.

Project Overview (400 word limit, 4 minute video/audio limit)

Provide a detailed description of your proposed project. What do you hope the project will achieve? If this is an ongoing project, describe how the project will build and shift based on conducted work.

Community of Learners (300 word limit, 3 minute video/audio limit)

What specific population(s) of learners are central to this project? Describe their assets and what they bring to the project.

Integrity of Project (300 word limit, 3 minute video/audio limit)

How will the work you propose reflect or respond to this community of learners? How is the project dealing with questions of culture, relevance, bias, and power dynamics?

Organization (300 word limit, 3 minute video/audio limit)

Describe the mission of your organization and its connection to arts learning based work. Who on your team, including teaching artists and/or partners, will lead this work? Describe their assets and what they bring to the project. Why are they a strong fit for the project?

Project Setting (150 word limit, 2 minute video/audio limit)

Where is the work taking place? Describe how this location is accessible to the community of learners and why it is important to the proposed project.

Project Timeline

Use the table provided to create a detailed timeline for the activities that will occur within the proposed start and end date of the project. Activities can include: planning the project, proposed project activities, and any evaluation or assessment. Convey a sense of the arc of the project from beginning, through the middle, to the end.

Evaluation (200 word limit, 2 minute video/audio limit)

State three major objectives and outcomes for this project. What method(s) will you use to evaluate how well the project achieved these objectives? If you have completed a similar project in the past, please share the evaluation results.

Project Budget

Grant Amount Requested

Enter the grant amount you are requesting for this project. Organizations can request $5,000 to $10,000.

Project Expenses

List all project expenses including any expenses that exceed the grant amount and provide a short explanation of the expense.

Budget Narrative (200 word limit, 2 minute video/audio limit)

Provide a detailed budget narrative. Be as specific as possible about how you will use the grant funds, and the project’s various fees and cost. If your project budget exceeds grant amount requested, explain additional funding sources. This is your opportunity to bring your project’s budget to life, as if you were explaining it to the grant review panel.

Primary Staff Contact

Anastasia Freyermuth
Evaluation and Learning Manager
Phone: (602) 771-6529
Email: [email protected]

Technical Support

For questions regarding the Submittable online sub- mission platform:

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (855) 467-8264, ext. 2