Artist Research and Development Grants (ARDG) are designed to support individual artists from all disciplines. The purpose of this grant is to aid in the development of artistic work, support the advancement of artistic research, and recognize the contributions individual artists make to Arizona’s communities.
Artist Research and Development Grants (ARDG) are designed to support individual artists from all disciplines. The purpose of this grant is to aid in the development of artistic work, support the advancement of artistic research, and recognize the contributions individual artists make to Arizona’s communities. Artist Research and Development Grants are made to practicing artists who demonstrate strong, original work that impacts both their own artistic practice and the broader community, as defined by the artist. Artist Research and Development Grant applicants may include, but are not limited to, artists who are:
- developing new techniques or methodologies;
- experimenting with new materials or technologies;
- creating new works; or
- advancing new strategies for engagement.
This grant is for individual artists. Organizations are not eligible to apply. At the time an application is submitted and the grant is awarded, an applicant must be:
- 18 years of age or older,
- a resident of Arizona*, and
- not enrolled in more than three (3) credit hours at a college or university.
* To verify residency, applicants must be prepared to submit copies of at least two (2) of the following upon request: driver license, voter registration card, or tax forms.
A primary applicant may submit only one application per year. An artist may apply as a primary applicant in one project and also be named as a collaborating artist in another project within the same year.
Recipients of the previously-offered Artist Project Grant and the current Artist Research and Development Grant may apply for and receive the Artist Research and Development Grant every five (5) years. Artist Research and Development Grant recipients who received the award before June 2013 are eligible to apply during the fiscal year 2018 grant cycle.
An artist may receive a maximum of four (4) awards in their lifetime.
Applicants who failed to submit a Final Report for a previously funded grant are not eligible to apply.
Deadline: Thursday, August 24, 2017; 11:59 pm
Funding Period: Proposals may have started prior to the time of application, but must be completed by March 2019.
Artist Programs Manager
Operations and Special Initiatives Coordinator
To help you prepare your application, the Arts Commission will present online information sessions and host in-person grantwriting workshops throughout the summer leading up to the application deadline.
Online Information Sessions
During a live webinar-style presentation, Arts Commission staff will walk potential applicants through the ARDG guidelines while offering tips and resources for successful grantwriting. Shortly after the live presentation, a recording will be posted to this page.
Competitive Grantwriting Workshops
Free workshops designed to help artists craft superior grant applications will be offered throughout the state. Whether you’re an emerging artist just learning the ropes or a seasoned pro looking to polish your presentation, this workshop covers the fundamentals while offering an insiders perspective on what funders and review panelists are looking for in a grant application. Using the Arts Commission’s Artist Research and Development Grant as a model, participants will learn the essential components of a strong application as they play the role of reviewers in a mock grant review panel.
June 14, 2017, 5:00 pm
Coconino Center for the Arts
2300 N Fort Valley Rd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
June 16, 2017, 5:30 pm
Littlewood Fine Art & Community Co-Op
1480 S 2nd Ave
Yuma, AZ 85364
June 22, 2017, 6:00 pm
265 S Church Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701
Jun 28, 2017, 6:00 pm
Grand Canyon University
3300 W Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85017
Jul 29, 2017, 10:00 am
1008 E Buckeye Road, Suite 220
Phoenix, AZ 85034
July 29, 2017. 10:30 am
The Vision Gallery
10 E Chicago St
Chandler, AZ 85225
July 29, 2017. 10:30 am
Arizona Commission on the Arts
417 W Roosevelt St
Phoenix, AZ 85003
The application period for 2018 Artist Research and Development Grants is now open.
The grant application deadline is 11:59pm Thursday, August 24, 2017.
Please thoroughly review the grant guidelines below before beginning your application.
If you have already begun an application, click below: