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.

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

Eligible applicant organizations producing such festivals:

  • are based in the State of Arizona
  • have a minimum of 1 year of arts related programming
  • 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)

For example, eligible organizations include local arts agencies, tribal cultural organizations, government departments or agencies, university/college departments, and other nonprofit arts, cultural and social service organizations.

Important Dates

Application Due

March 12, 2020, 11:59pm

Grant review panels convened

May 2020 (dates and times to be announced)

Grantees notified

July 1, 2020

Funding Period

July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021

Award Amount

Level I (Total Expense Budget of $4,000 – $19,999): $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.

When you’re ready,click on “Apply Now” below. This will take you to the Submittable platform. You do not have to complete the application in one session; Submittable allows you to save a draft of your application and complete/submit it later.


Please review the FY2021 Festival Grant Guidelines thoroughly before beginning your application.

If you’d prefer to prepare the narrative section of your application in a word processing program before entering your responses in Submittable, click here to download a Word document version of the overview and narrative questions.

Primary Staff Contact

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

Technical Support

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

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