Community Investment Grants (CIG) provide unrestricted general operating support to nonprofit arts organizations of all sizes, local arts agencies, and tribal cultural organizations whose primary mission is to produce, present, teach or serve the arts.

Organizations may use CIG funds for many different expenses, including:

  • Salaries and Personnel Expenses: artists, 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.

CIGs are awarded annually to applicants that demonstrate strong alignment with the criteria of the CIG program.

Fiscal Year 2022 Grants Update

February 22, 2021

The Arts Commission will administer organizational grants for FY2022 but has paused the release of grant guidelines as we wait for more information about the type of funds that may be available for FY2022 (relief or standard state funding allocation), in order to make the next organizational grant cycle as simple and streamlined as possible. You can read more here about the current status of the FY2022 budget process, and more information will be posted as soon as it is available.

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

Eligible applicant organizations:

  • are based in the State of Arizona
  • have a primary mission to produce, present, teach, or serve the arts
  • are incorporated with the IRS as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization (or have a formal agreement with a nonprofit fiscal sponsor) OR are a unit of government (local or tribal)
  • Multidisciplinary or multipurpose organizations are eligible for Community Investment Grants if they meet the above requirements and are able to demonstrate that the arts comprise at least 50% of the organization’s public programming.

If you have questions about your organization’s eligibility for this grant, call us at {602) 771-6502 or send an email to [email protected].

CIG award amounts vary according to the size of the applicant organization.

Organizations apply in one of six grant levels based on their budget size. For the purposes of CIG, budget size is determined by the organization’s adjusted annual income for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY2019). Adjusted annual income is gross annual income minus any in-kind support value.

In lieu of adjusted annual income, organizations applying in Level I may use their FY2019 closing bank account balance to establish their eligibility.

FY2018 Adjusted Annual Income

CIG Level I

$5,000 – $24,999

CIG Level II

$25,000 – $99,999


$100,000 – $249,999

CIG Level IV

$250,000 to $549,999

CIG Level V

$550,000 – $1,249,999

CIG Level VI

$1,250,000 and above


Potential CIG award amounts vary by level. A grantee’s award amount is determined based on their panel review ranking and the availability of grant funds. The minimum award in each level for the previous year’s cycle was $1,000 (Level I), $2,000 (Level II), and $3,000 (Level III).
Each year CIG award amounts are determined based on the Arts Commission’s legislative budget allocation. Award amounts listed for the previous cycle do not represent guaranteed minimums and organizations are strongly encouraged to budget conservatively when forecasting potential awards, due to the fluid nature of the Arts Commission’s budget and subsequent fluctuation of available grant funds.

New Applicants

Notification of Intent to Apply Due

February 21, 2020

Application Due

March 12, 2020, 11:59 pm

Grant review panels convened

May 2020 (dates and times TBA)

Grantees notified

July 1, 2020

FY2020 CIG Recipients

Alternate Year Application Due

March 12, 2020, 11:59 pm

Grantees notified

July 1, 2020

Funding Period

July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

Primary Staff Contact

Claudio Dicochea
Phone: (602) 771-6502
Email: [email protected]

For questions about the DataArts Funder Report

Brad DeBiase
Programs and Grants Coordinator
Phone: (602) 771-6534
Email: [email protected]

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Submittable: An Introduction for Submitters

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Narrative Question Word Documents

For those who prefer to prepare their answers in a word processing program before entering them into Submittable, these editable Word documents feature each of the narrative questions from the grant applications. Simply download the appropriate document and save it to your computer. Please note, these are offered only as a tool to help you draft your application. Your responses must still be entered into Submittable.

DataArts Cultural Data Profile and Funder Report

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

Orientation to the DataArts Platform from DataArts on Vimeo.

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Grant Documents

If you are unsure to which grant guidelines you should refer, click on “Apply Now” above.

  • Grant Guidelines: Community Investment Grant for New and Small Organizations - Levels I-III
  • Grant Guidelines: Community Investment Grant for Midsized to Large Organizations - Levels IV-VI
  • Grant Guidelines: Community Investment Grant, Alternate Year
  • Budget Form: Community Investment Grant - Levels I & II