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.

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
  • incorporated with the IRS as a nonprofit (501c3) organization or a unit of government (local or tribal)
  • Small and/or new organizations that have not yet secured their own 501c3 may apply with a nonprofit fiscal sponsor.

Multidisciplinary or multipurpose organizations are eligible for Community Investment Grants if they 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, contact program manager Kristen Pierce Kent to clarify your eligibility status before beginning or submitting your application materials.

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

Organizations apply in one of six grant levels based on their size. Size is determined by the organization’s adjusted annual income for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018). Adjusted annual income is your gross annual income minus any in-kind support.

In lieu of adjusted annual income, organizations applying in Level I may use their FY2018 closing bank account balance to establish their eligibility.

FY2018 Adjusted Annual Income

Award Range

CIG Level I

$5,000 – $24,999

$1,000 – $3,000

CIG Level II

$25,000 – $99,999

$2,000 – $5,000


$100,000 – $249,999

$3,000 – $8,000

CIG Level IV

$250,000 to $549,999

$6,000 – $15,000

CIG Level V

$550,000 – $1,249,999

$8,000 – $22,000

CIG Level VI

$1,250,000 and above

$15,000 – $60,000


Within their award range, a grantee’s award amount is determined based on their panel review ranking.

Actual grant award amounts may be adjusted based on the availability of grant funds. Due to the fluid nature of Arts Commission funding and the subsequent fluctuation of available grant funds, organizations are strongly encouraged to budget conservatively when forecasting potential awards.

Award amount and payment are ultimately based on the availability of agency funds and may be reduced, held, or canceled based on the agency’s financial circumstances.

The application period for Fiscal Year 2020 Community Investment Grants is now closed.

Application and Review Timeline

Application Due

March 14, 2019, 11:59pm:

Grant review panels convened

May 2019 (dates and times TBA)

Grantees notified

July 2019:

Funding Period

July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.


Primary Staff Contact

Kristen Pierce Kent
Organizational Grants and
Services Manager
Phone: (602) 771-6517
Email: [email protected]

Technical Support

For questions about the Submittable online submission platform:

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

For questions about the DataArts Funder Report:

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (877) 707-3282

Want to learn more about Community Investment Grants, eligibility requirements, and the application and review process?

Online Information Sessions

Join Kristen Pierce Kent from the Arizona Commission on the Arts for a webinar-style online presentation.

Online Information Session

Community Investment Grants

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
12:00-1:00 pm


Online Information Session

Community Investment Grants

Thursday, February 21, 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.


The Gallery in Kingman

Monday, February 11, 2019
10:30am – 12:00pm


Show Low

City of Show Low – Deuce of Clubs Mtg Room

FY20 CIG & Festival Grants Info Session
Same session both days.
Friday, March 8, 2019
3:00pm – 4:30pm


Show Low

City of Show Low – Council Chambers

FY20 CIG & Festival Grants Info Session
Same session both days.
Saturday, March 9, 2019
10:30am – 12:00pm


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.

Grant Documents

If you are unsure to which grant guidelines you should refer, click on “The Application” 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