The application period for Artist Research and Development Grants is now open. This highly-competitive grant program awards up to $5,000 to Arizona artists practicing in a variety of artistic disciplines in support of research and development leading to the creation of new works of art. The application deadline is August 24, 2017.

Artist Research and Development Grants (ARDG) are designed to support individual artists from all disciplines. The purpose of this grant is to aid in the development of artistic work, support the advancement of artistic research, and recognize the contributions individual artists make to Arizona’s communities. Artist Research and Development Grants are made to practicing artists who demonstrate strong, original work that impacts both their own artistic practice and the broader community, as defined by the artist. Artist Research and Development Grant applicants may include, but are not limited to, artists who are:

  • developing new techniques or methodologies;
  • experimenting with new materials or technologies;
  • creating new works; or
  • advancing new strategies for engagement.

Learn more about ARDG

Workshops and Information Sessions

To help you prepare your application, the Arts Commission will present online information sessions and host in-person grantwriting workshops throughout the summer leading up to the application deadline.

During a live webinar-style presentation, Arts Commission staff will walk potential applicants through the ARDG guidelines while offering tips and resources for successful grantwriting. Shortly after the live presentation, a recording will be posted to this page.

May 26, 2017, 10:30 am


July 20, 2017, 3:30 pm


Free workshops designed to help artists craft superior grant applications will be offered throughout the state. Whether you’re an emerging artist just learning the ropes or a seasoned pro looking to polish your presentation, this workshop covers the fundamentals while offering an insiders perspective on what funders and review panelists are looking for in a grant application. Using the Arts Commission’s Artist Research and Development Grant as a model, participants will learn the essential components of a strong application as they play the role of reviewers in a mock grant review panel.


June 14, 2017, 5:00 pm

Coconino Center for the Arts
2300 N Fort Valley Rd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001



June 16, 2017, 5:30 pm

Littlewood Fine Art & Community Co-Op
1480 S 2nd Ave
Yuma, AZ 85364



June 22, 2017, 6:00 pm

MOCA Tucson
265 S Church Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701



June 28, 2017, 6:00 pm

Grand Canyon University
3300 W Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85017



July 29, 2017, 10:30 am

The Vision Gallery
10 E Chicago St
Chandler, AZ 85225



Jul 29, 2017, 10:00 am

1008 E Buckeye Road, Suite 220
Phoenix, AZ 85034