Festival Grants support organizations in their efforts to provide quality arts programming through festival activities and are awarded to assist with the costs of connecting artists (or their artistic work) with communities.

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

For the purposes of this grant program, a Festival is defined as an event that is a periodic—often annual—gathering or celebration that happens in a condensed period of time, featuring a varied and curated program of events, having an easily identifiable and unifying theme or specified focus.

Festivals may be multidisciplinary in scope and often feature arts engagement opportunities. Festival activities can include various performing, visual and literary arts, food, and traditional demonstrations, but also may be specific to an artistic discipline.

Festivals allow communities to share artistic and cultural traditions which can create vibrant opportunities and experiences for citizens and visitors. A festival is often a person’s first experience and point of entry with the arts and can serve as a bridge to new kinds of arts attendance.

Application Due

March 14, 2019, 11:59pm

Grant review panels convened

May 2019 (dates and times to be announced)

Grantees notified

July 2019

Funding Period

July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

Award Amount

Level I (Total Expense Budget of $19,999 or less): $2,000

Level II (Total Expense Budget of $20,000 or more):$3,000

Eligible Fees

Contracted Artistic Services & Artists Fees

Guest artist contractual fees including travel, lodging, and per diem expenses.

Production Expenses

Includes insurance, sound, lighting, and equipment rental and operation for the artistic project only.

Space Rental

Includes stage, space, or venue rental for the artistic project only.


Includes contracted graphic design services, the purchase of advertising space, and creation of digital and printed promotional materials for the entire event.

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

The grant guidelines and budget form are provided only for reference.

Primary Staff Contact

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

Technical Support

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

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

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.

Online Information Sessions

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

Online Information Session

Festival Grants

Thursday, February 7, 2019
12:00-1:00 pm


Online Information Session

Community Investment Grants

Tuesday, February 19, 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


  • Grant Guidelines: Festival Grants
  • Budget Form: Festival Grants