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.

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.

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.

Festival activities must last a minimum of one six-hour day and may only span the duration of two consecutive weekends. The majority of the event content and programming must be experienced live and in person and must be dynamic in nature. For the purposes of this grant program, festival activities can include juried processes, but scholarships, pageants or standalone award ceremonies are ineligible.

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

An applicant must be incorporated as an Arizona nonprofit organization with tax-exempt status or be a unit of government. Eligible organizations include Arizona local arts agencies, tribal cultural organizations, government departments or agencies, university/college departments, and other nonprofit cultural and social service organizations. Unincorporated organizations may apply through a nonprofit fiscal sponsor.

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

DEADLINE: 11:59pm, Thursday, March 15, 2018, for the funding period of July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

Kristen Pierce Kent
Organizational Grants and Services Manager
(602) 771-6517
Dedicated Grants Office Hours
Tuesdays & Wednesdays
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Festival Budget Form Updated:

The budget form has been revised for the FY19 application cycle.
DO NOT use/submit a previously saved version of the form.
Download the new version of this form to your device before entering/saving your data.
Applications submitted with the incorrect budget form will be considered incomplete and ineligible for funding.

Fiscal Year 2019 Online Information Sessions

To help potential applicants prepare successful applications, we are presenting online information sessions for Community Investment Grants. These online information sessions will walk potential applicants through the grant application guidelines, including eligibility requirements, funding restrictions, and application process.


Eligible applications are evaluated through a panel review process. These panels include community leaders, local business-people, artists, arts administrators and educators from diverse geographic, artistic and cultural/ethnic communities of Arizona. Arts Commission staff members do not participate as review panelists. Panelists evaluate applications based solely on the published criteria and provide recommendations for funding to the Arts Commission. Individual Governor-appointed Commissioners chair the panel meetings and as a body, carefully consider the recommendations of the panelists in order to authorize the final grant awards.

Panel meetings are open to the public and applicants are encouraged to attend. In addition, a live audio stream of each meeting will be available for remote listening online.

May 30, 2018

Festival Grants, Day 1

  1. African Association of Arizona (AFASA)
  2. AZ Board of Regents on behalf of Arizona State University
  3. City of El Mirage
  4. Flag Wool and Fiber
  5. Flagstaff Dance Festival
  6. Mohave Library Alliance / Workplace Education and Development Coalition of Mohave County
  7. Northern Arizona Book Festival
  8. Tucson Poetry Festival
  9. Oh My Ears
  10. Old Pueblo Playwrights
  11. Oracle Piano Society
  12. Prescott College – Sam Hill Gallery
  13. The Latina Dance Project
  14. Town of Prescott Valley
  15. Tucson Fringe Festival
  16. Willow Bend Environmental Education Center
  17. Arab American Festival
  18. Arizona Aloha Festivals Inc
  19. Arizona American Indian Tourism Association
  20. Arizona Asian American Association
  21. Arizona Matsuri
  22. Artlink, Inc.
  23. City of Litchfield Park
  24. Coconino County
  25. CONDER/dance

May 31, 2018

Festival Grants, Day 2

  1. Copa Shorts Film Fest, Inc.
  2. Corazon De Latinos Unidos
  3. Cultural Coalition, Inc.
  4. Dark Sky Aerial
  5. Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival
  6. India Association
  7. Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix
  8. Tucson Jazz Festival
  9. La Frontera
  10. Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation
  11. Opera Theater at University of Arizona
  12. Phoenix Blues Society
  13. Phoenix Chinese Week
  14. Prescott Chamber of Commerce
  15. SCCFRA Foundation, Inc.
  16. Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation
  17. Startup Tucson
  18. The Carpetbag Brigade
  19. The Mountain Artists Guild, Incorporated
  20. Town of Payson
  21. Tucson Jewish Community Center
  22. Tucson Folk Festival
  23. West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation

The application period for Fiscal Year 2019 Community Investment Grants is now closed.

The application deadline was 11:59pm, Thursday, March 15, 2018.

The grant guidelines below are provided only for reference.

  • Grant Guidelines: Fiscal Year 2019 Festival Grants
  • Budget Form: Fiscal Year 2019 Festival Grants