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The Arizona Commission on the Arts is now accepting applications for 2022 Research & Development (R&D) Grants! R&D Grants provide up to $5,000 in funding support to Arizona artists as they work to advance their artistic practice, expand their creative horizons, and deepen the impact of their work.

Who’s it For?

Artists working in any discipline who live and work in Arizona. Whether you’re just getting started or you have already experienced many career successes, the R&D Grant is available to help you take your artistic practice to the next level, including:

  • exploration of new techniques
  • experimentation with new materials or technologies
  • creation of new work
  • development of new strategies for engaging your community of practice

Award Amount

Applicants may request a minimum of $3,000 and a maximum of $5,000.

Up to 20 grants will be awarded this year.

2-Stage Application & Review Process

The R&D Grant application process is split into two stages so applicants don’t spend a lot of time doing unnecessary work. After your Stage 1 application materials are reviewed by a panel of independent arts professionals, applications determined to be most competitive according to evaluation criteria will move on to Stage 2.

Application: Stage 1

  • Proposal Narrative
  • Work Samples

July 8, 2021

Notification of Stage 2 Advancement

September 13, 2021

Application: Stage 2

  • Process Map
  • Experience List
  • Expense List

October 13, 2021

Panel Review Meeting

November 19, 2021

Grants Awarded

December 13, 2021

Online Information Session

This session provides an overview of the Research & Development Grant application, eligibility requirements, and review process.

Grantwriting 101 Webinars

Over the course of three sessions, previous R&D Grantees will share tips, tricks, and insights on crafting your best application.

Proposal Narrative

Communities of Practice

Work Samples

Thursday, June 24
4:00 – 5:00 PM


Ready to Apply?

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