Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants support partnerships that foster meaningful arts learning experiences in community settings for learners of any age in one of the following three categories:

  • Participant Engagement: For projects taking place over a period of time with a group of identified participants with arts learning and/or creative expression outcomes.
  • Planning: For projects focusing on evaluation, resource development, etc., and/or planning for a future Participant Engagement project.
  • Professional Development: For projects providing arts-based training and learning for the staff, administration, etc., of the applicant.

Arizona nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status or units of government. A wide range of projects can be supported by the Lifelong Arts Engagement Grant. These projects can include but are not limited to: experiences that link the arts to youth development outcomes, use creative expression to improve quality of life for older adults (Creative Aging), and/or provide sequential hands on learning in, through, or about the arts for learners of any age.

Funding Period

Eligible project activities must take place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

Application Cycles

Cycle A

Application Due

May 30, 2019, 11:59 pm

Funding Period

July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

Cycle B

Application Due

September 5 , 2019, 11:59 pm

Funding Period

November 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

Cycle C

Application Due

January 30 , 2020, 11:59 pm

Funding Period

March 1, 2020 – June 30, 2020.

Award Amount

Organizations can request the following flat grant amounts which require a 1:1 match. A combination of cash and in-kind contributions may be used to match the grant. In-kind contributions may comprise no more than 50% of the match.

Grant Request Match Required Minimum Total Project Budget
$1,500 $1,500 (minimum $750 cash match) $3,000
$2,000 $2,000 (minimum $1,000 cash match) $4,000
$2,500 $2,500 (minimum $1,250 cash match) $5,000

Eligible Fees

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

  • artist, consultant, and other fees
  • materials or supplies
  • travel costs
  • technology
  • documentation
  • evaluation

Grant funds cannot be used for any projects, or days of a project, that take place before the start date of the cycle in which they are submitted, and/or after the end of the fiscal year.

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.


Organization Information

Organization Information collected in this section of the application is used solely for internal and reporting purposes and will not be considered during the application review.

  • County
  • Secondary Point of Contact
  • Authorizing Official
  • IRS Letter of Determination (if applicable).
  • Fiscal Sponsor Letter of Agreement (if applicable).
  • Demographic make-up of organization staff and board

Project Overview

  • Project Title (10 word limit)
  • Project Category
  • Proposed Start and End Date of Project
  • Partner Names/Titles (70 word limit)
  • Demographic make-up of partners involved

Narrative

Narrative responses are limited to a maximum word (not character) count. Composing responses in a separate document allows an applicant to monitor the word counts set for each question.

Project Overview (500 word limit)

Provide a detailed description of your proposed project. What do you hope the project will achieve?

Community of Learners (400 word limit)

What specific population(s) of learners has this project been designed to serve? Describe their assets and what they bring to the project. How will the work you propose reflect or respond to this community of learners?

Partners (400 word limit)

Describe the partners, their assets and what they bring to the project. Why are they a strong fit for the project?

Baseline Information (if applicable) (200 word limit)

If this is an ongoing project, describe how the project will build on previously-conducted work.

Project Timeline

Use the table provided to create a detailed timeline for the activities that will occur within the proposed start and end date of the project. Activities can include: planning the project, proposed project activities, and any evaluation or assessment. Convey a sense of the arc of the project from beginning, through the middle, to the end.

Evaluation (300 word limit)

State three major objectives and outcomes for this project. What method(s) will you use to evaluate how well the project achieved these objectives? If you have completed a similar project in the past, please share the evaluation results.


Project Budget

Project Expenses and Sources List

List all project expenses. Provide a short explanation of the expense and list its funding source (the Arts Commission grant, various cash match sources, and/or in-kind). Estimate a dollar amount for in-kind services. Organizations can request the flat grant amounts below which require a 1:1 match. A combination of cash and in-kind contributions may be used to match the grant. In-kind contributions may comprise no more than 50% of the match.

Grant Amount Requested

Enter which of the three flat grant amounts you are requesting for your project: $1500, $2000, or $2500.

Budget Narrative (300 word limit)

Provide a detailed budget narrative. Be as specific as possible about how you will use the grant funds, and the project’s various fees and costs. This is your opportunity to bring your project’s budget to life, as if you were explaining it to the grant review panel.

Primary Staff Contact

Anastasia Freyermuth
Arts Learning and Evaluation Coordinator
Phone: (602) 771-6529
Email: [email protected]

Technical Support

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

The application for Cycle B funding (for activities taking place November 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020) is now open.

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Please review the grant guidelines thoroughly before beginning your application.

  • Grant Guidelines: Fiscal Year 2020 Lifelong Arts Engagement Grant