Administered by the Arizona Commission on the Arts’ AZ Youth Arts Council, the Creative Youth Grant is a funding opportunity for young artists, arts organizations, collaboratives, youth arts councils or clubs that are majority youth-led (20 years-old and under). Eligible applicants can apply in one of two categories: 

  • Individual: Funding for individual young artists.
  • Organization/School: Funding for schools, arts organizations, collaboratives, youth arts councils or clubs.

What is it For?

Individuals

To support young artists as they develop new skills or advance their artistic practice outside the traditional school day. This may include paying for lessons, attending a workshop, or paying for supplies and equipment.

Organizations

For projects that support young people’s stories and ideas through creative expression. This may include youth led arts projects, workshops, or events that happen outside the traditional school day.

Individuals

  • Arizona artists under the age of 20 years-old.
  • For activities taking place January 1 – June 30, 2022.

Organizations

  • Project is majority youth-led. An adult’s role is as an ally or accomplice supporting and ensuring youth leadership and shared decision making.
  • Project provides an artistic experience for the direct benefit of young people under the age of 20 in Arizona.
  • For projects taking place through January 1 – June 30, 2022.
  • Applicant organizations must be Arizona nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status, schools/ districts, or units of government who are majority youth-led (20 years-old and under). This may include collaboratives, youth arts councils or clubs. Unincorporated organizations who are otherwise eligible, may apply with a nonprofit fiscal sponsor.

Award Amount

Individuals

Individuals can request between $250 and $750, based on eligible expenses.

Organizations

Applicants can request the following flat grant amounts: $500, $1,000, $1,500.

Eligible Expenses

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

Individuals

  • Fees for private lessons or workshops
  • Materials or supplies related to your artistic practice
  • Equipment, instruments or technology related to your artistic practice
  • Travel costs
  • Documentation

Organizations

  • Artist, consultant, and other fees
  • Materials or supplies
  • Travel costs
  • Equipment or technology which directly support the project activities
  • Space/rental fees
  • Documentation

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 Creative Youth Grants is now closed.


The Application

Narrative

Answer each of these questions. You can type up your proposal narrative (up to 1,000 words), or you can upload it in a video or audio recording (no more than 8 minutes in length).

If you share your proposal narrative in a video or audio recording keep it simple and to the point. The recording should be just you, describing your proposal and answering the questions listed above. Please do not include edits of your work samples or special effects. Production quality of this recording 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.

Individuals

  1. Describe how you will use the grant funds. What is this grant going to make possible?
  2. Tell us about your artistic practice and why these activities or purchases are appropriate and important to your work as a young artist.
  3. Provide a timeline that details the proposed activities. All project activities must be completed by June 30, 2022.

Organizations

  1. Provide a detailed description of your proposed project. What do you hope the project will achieve?
  2. Who are the collaborators involved in this project? What do they bring to the table?
  3. What does youth-led look like in this project? How will the collaborators ensure shared power and decision making?
  4. Who does this project serve and why is it important to that community?
  5. Describe the timeline for the activities that will take place. All project activities must be completed by June 30, 2022.


Project Budget

Individuals

  • Expenses: List all expenses related to your proposal and provide a short explanation of the expense.
  • Grant Amount Requested: Indicate the grant amount you are requesting, based on eligible expenses, between $250 and $750.
  • Budget Narrative: Use this space to bring your project budget to life, as if you were explaining it to the grant review panel.

Organizations

  • Project Expenses: List all project expenses and provide a short explanation of the expense.
  • Grant Amount Requested: Select which of the three flat grant amounts you are requesting for you project: $500, $1,000, or $1,500.
  • Budget Narrative: Use this space to bring your project budget to life, as if you were explaining it to the grant review panel.

Application Due Date

March 11, 2022

Grant Panel Convened

March 28, 2022

Grantees Notified

April 4, 2022

Funding Period 

January 1, 2022 — June 30, 2022 

Elisa Radcliffe

Arts Learning Manager
Phone: (602) 771-6528
Email: [email protected]

Technical Support

For questions about Submittable:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (855) 467-8264, ext. 2
Web: https://help.submittable.com

  • Grant Guidelines: Creative Youth Grant