Guidelines for Fiscal Year 2017 Festival and Community Investment Grants are now available for review. We are also pleased to offer an opportunity for potential applicants to learn more about these programs and the application process during an online information session on Wednesday, January 20, 2016.

Community Investment Grants

Community Investment Grants (CIG) provide funding support for arts organizations that demonstrate exceptional alignment with the criteria of the CIG program. CIG awards are available to nonprofit arts organizations of all sizes, local arts agencies and tribal cultural organizations whose primary mission is to produce, present, teach or serve the arts.

Community Investment Grants (Alternate Year)

Organizations that received a Community Investment Grant (CIG) in the last funding cycle will apply as follows for Fiscal Year 2017:

  • CIG Levels I, II and III will submit an alternate year application.
  • CIG Levels IV, V and VI will submit a full application and undergo panel review.

Festival Grants

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.

Arts Learning Grants

In recent years, Arts Learning Grant guidelines have been published alongside guidelines for Festival and Community Investment Grants. The Arts Learning Grant program is central to the agency’s arts learning mission. To ensure that these grants continue to serve the sector’s evolving needs, reach applicants where they are, and direct essential funding support to the most diverse range of programs and projects, the Arts Learning Grant program will be substantially renovated for Fiscal Year 2017.

What does this mean for you?

  • A new, more convenient application schedule, with multiple deadlines per year
  • A simpler, more accessible application process
  • Funding for more expansive collaborative project possibilities
  • Eligible applicants will still include schools, school districts, non-profit social service/community organizations and units of government

The staff of the Arizona Commission on the Arts is currently hard at work on this renovation and will unveil new grant guidelines in late March. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Alex Nelson, Director of Arts Learning, at [email protected]

Online Information Session

Prior to the application deadline for these grant programs, we will present online information sessions to help you prepare and answer any questions you might have. If you would like to participate in one of our web-based information sessions, please click a button below to register.

Tuesday, February 9, 11:30 am


Tuesday, March 1, 1:00 pm