The calendar below features upcoming Arts Commission deadlines, events, information sessions and workshop opportunities. Times, dates and event details may be subject to change. For more information, please email [email protected].

Public Meeting Notice

It is the public policy of this state that meetings of public bodies be conducted openly and that notices and agendas be provided for such meetings which contain such information as is reasonably necessary to inform the public of the matters to be discussed or decided. Pursuant to A.R.S. § 34-431.02, all public bodies are required to maintain a Notice of Public Meeting section on their website. All public meeting notices of the Arizona Commission on the Arts can be found at https://publicmeetings.az.gov/ and a link will be posted within the calendar entry below.

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits the Arizona Commission on the Arts from discrimination on the basis of disability. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting Stacey Wong at (602) 771-6527 or [email protected].

Persons who are deaf, hearing impaired or speech impaired can contact the Arts Commission through the Arizona Relay Service, 1-800-842-4681 Voice; or 1-800-367-8939 TTY. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.


 

Feb
7
Tue
The Intersection of Fashion, Art and Business!
Feb 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for a discussion focused on helping artists and other creatives better understand the connections between fine art, fashion and design. Panelists will share practical advice and strategies creative entrepreneurs need to succeed within the industry. Panelists will also highlight the specific opportunities, resources and funding currently available to Arizona artists.

Fashion Futures is hosted by StylePHX and One Million Entrepreneurs in partnership with the Arizona Commission on the Arts as part of the Artist Investment Program.

You can join the conversation in person or join our livestream from home. Click below to register:

JOIN US IN PERSON

Registration is free, but space is limited.

Feb
20
Mon
State Govt Holiday Observed | Office Closed
Feb 20 all-day
Mar
23
Thu
Quarterly Commission Meeting
Mar 23 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This is a public meeting. Members of the public are welcome to attend in person (location TBA) or listen online. Audio from the meeting will be live-streamed on our website at https://azarts.gov/panels/public-meetings/.

Meeting Documents

Agenda

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Recording

Public Comment

Per A.R.S.§38-431.01(H)

A public body may make an open call to the public during a public meeting, subject to reasonable time, place and manner restrictions, to allow individuals to address the public body on any issue within the jurisdiction of the public body.

Members of the public who would like to make public comment, but who will not be able to attend the meeting in person may submit a request via the form below. Upon completion and submission of the form below, you will receive an email with instructions for joining the meeting via phone or virtual conference (Zoom).

Name(Required)
If you will be calling-in by phone rather than joining the meeting on a computer or mobile device, please provide the phone number you will be calling from so we can recognize you.
If you wish, you may identify an organization you represent
If you wish, you may share the city or town you call home.
Apr
6
Thu
Deadline: Lifelong Arts Engagement Grant
Apr 6 @ 11:59 am – 11:59 am

Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants support projects that foster meaningful arts learning experiences for adult learners of any age in community settings. Organizations can request $5,000 to $7,500.


What does it fund?

Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants support projects that…

  • focus on learners across the aging spectrum,
  • occur in accessible community spaces, and
  • center arts learning practices.

Such projects should also…

  • provide opportunities for creative expression in safe and nurturing environments, and
  • utilize the assets of the community being served.

Projects may take place in…

  • arts venues,
  • community or senior centers,
  • residential facilities, and
  • other settings that serve adult learners.


Arts learning projects feature sequential, hands-on learning through the arts to develop artistic skills, processes and creativity. Artistic and/or cultural discipline(s) may include, but are not limited to dance, literary arts, media arts, music, theatre, traditional and folk arts, and visual arts. Arts learning projects include specific objectives, outcomes and methods of evaluation that are well defined and relevant for the learners involved.

Eligible applicants for Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants include:

  • Arizona nonprofit organizations* with tax-exempt status
  • units of government

See FAQ #1 for more information on eligible organizations.

*An organization without tax-exempt status, may apply with a nonprofit fiscal sponsor.

Application Limits

An organization may submit only one application per cycle and may receive only one Lifelong Arts Engagement Grant per fiscal year.

Across grant programs, the Arts Commission limits the number of applications that may be submitted by a given organization or unit of government to one (1) application per funding period (July 1 – June 30 of the following year). While an organization or unit of government may be eligible for more than one grant program, they may only apply for one of them in a given funding period. (See FAQ #7 for more information)

Additional Considerations for Teaching Artist

Individual teaching artists or arts organizations may be listed as partners on a maximum of three (3) funded arts learning grant applications (both Lifelong Arts Engagement and Youth Arts Engagement) in a given fiscal year. If the number of applications on which a given individual teaching artist or arts organization is listed as a partner in a single funding cycle exceeds the total number that may be funded for that fiscal year, they will be asked to advise the Arts Commission on which application(s) will be withdrawn from consideration. The Arts Commission requests that prospective applicants consider this restriction before applying.

Teaching artists are encouraged to seek out partnerships with eligible organizations or units of government. The entity you partner with will then serve as the direct applicant. When building a partnership with an organization, , or unit of government, make sure they are not applying to the Lifelong Arts Engagement Grant for a different project or to another grant program through the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

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

  • artist, consultant, and other fees
  • administrative costs related to the project
  • materials or supplies
  • in-state 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 (June 30, 2024). If your full project timeline starts before or ends after the funding period, you are still eligible to apply and should articulate the full timeline in your application, but should only request and use grant funds for project activities taking place within the funding period.

Cycle A

Application Due Date

April 6, 2023

Grant review panels convened

May 2023 (dates TBA)

Grantees notified

July 5, 2023

Funding Period

July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024

Cycle B

Application Due Date

September 14, 2023

Grant review panels convened

November 2023 (dates TBA)

Grantees notified

December 13, 2023

Funding Period

January 1 – June 30, 2024

Funds are delivered approximately 6-8 weeks after all necessary paperwork has been submitted by the grantee. This includes the award agreement, state W-9 and payment form.

Applicants are encouraged to do the following prior to beginning their application:

Request Accommodations

If you require accommodation in completing the application, or otherwise participating in the grant application process, please contact the Director of Arts Learning, Elisa Radcliffe, by phone at (602) 771-6528 or by email at [email protected].

Prepare Narrative Responses

You can type your proposal narrative or you can upload audio recordings of your responses. For each narrative question you will find a maximum word count (not character) and a maximum recording length. If you share your proposal narrative via audio recordings, keep it simple and to the point. Don’t worry about impressing the panelists with your recording technique, just make sure we can hear and understand you.

Some applicants find it helpful to develop their responses using word processing software, outside the application platform. This allows them to draft responses with team members and monitor their word counts for each question. Click here to download a Word document version of the narrative questions.

Create an Account for Your Organization

In the interest of improving the user experience for applicants and reviewers, the Arizona Commission on the Arts has transitioned to a new submission platform this year. Prior to applying, all applicants will need to register their organization at https://azarts.smapply.io/. For instructions on registering your organization, visit our grantee resources page: https://azarts.gov/grants/resources/.

When you’re ready, click/tap the “Apply Now” button below. You do not have to complete the application in one session; at any point you can save a draft of your application and complete or submit it later.

CLOSED

The application portal will open on Wednesday, February 8, 2023.

Organization/School Information

Organization/School 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.

  • Organization/School Name
  • Organization/School Mission Statement
  • Secondary Point of Contact
  • Authorizing Official
  • IRS Letter of Determination (if applicable).
  • Fiscal Sponsor Letter of Agreement (if applicable).

Project Information

  • Project Title (10 word limit)
  • Project Summary (75 word limit)

Provide a brief snapshot of your project.

  • Proposed Start and End Date of Project
  • Partner Organizations (if applicable)

Please list any organizations that are collaborating on this project.

Narrative

Project Overview (300 word limit, 3 minute audio limit)

Provide a detailed description of your proposed arts learning project. This overview should help panelists understand the general outline for your proposed arts learning project. Focus on the who, what, where, and when of your proposed project. Include details of the arts learning project including what types of artistic disciplines will be at the center of the project, how long the program will be, how often the community of learners will meet and how long each class will be (e.g., The community of learners will meet weekly for eight weeks for 2 hours per week).

Community of Learners (300 word limit, 3 minute audio limit)

What specific population(s) of learners are central to this project? Describe their assets and what they bring to the project. (Review FAQ #2 “What is asset-based vs. deficit-based language?” for more information on definitions and best practices.) If your project requires a process of selection (i.e., an audition or application) and/or a cost to participate, how are you ensuring all learners can participate? Describe how the project is supporting all who are interested in participating. (200 word limit, 2 minute audio limit)

Integrity of Project (300 word limit, 3 minute audio limit)

How does the community of learners have a voice in the development and implementation of the project?

Project Team (300 word limit, 3 minute audio limit)

Who on your team, including teaching artists and/or partners, will lead this work? Describe their assets, qualifications, and what they bring to the project. Why are they a strong fit for the project and community of learners involved?

Project Learning Outcomes (200 word limit, 2 minute audio limit)

List three learning outcomes this project will achieve. Outcomes should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time bound. If this is an ongoing project, describe how the project will build on or responds to previously conducted work.

Project Evaluation (200 word limit, 2 minute audio limit)

What method(s) will you use to evaluate how well the project achieved these outcomes? If there is previous evaluation work that has informed the proposed project, please share those results here.

Project Setting (150 word limit, 2 minute /audio limit)

Where is the work taking place? Describe how this location is accessible to the community of learners and why it is important to the proposed project.

Project Timeline Table

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.

Your timeline should convey a sense of the project’s arc from beginning to end. Note: while grant funds cannot be used for any project activities that take place outside the funding period of the cycle you are applying in, please articulate the full project timeline here.

Project Timeline Narrative (200 word limit, 2 minute audio limit)

The Project Timeline Narrative should correspond with and provide context for the Project Timeline Table. Be as specific as possible about how often and how long project activities will take place, along with proposed dates. Explain how your timeline will provide enough time to foster learning amongst the learners.

Project Budget

Grant Amount Requested

Enter the grant amount you are requesting for this project. Schools/organizations can request $5,000 to $7,500.

Project Expenses Table

In the first column, list all expenses related to the project.

In the second column, provide a short explanation of the expense.

In the third column, note what type of funding will cover the expense (LAE Grant, Other Grant Funds, Tax Credit, Cash, In-Kind, etc.).

In the fourth column, provide the monetary amount of each expense.

  • Please list only expenses related to your project. A full organizational budget is not needed.
  • Lifelong Arts Engagement grant funds can only be used for project activities taking place in the funding period (July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024).

Additionally, please thoroughly review the funding restrictions listed on pg. 5 of these guidelines.

Project Expenses Narrative (200 word limit, 2 minute audio limit)

The Project Expenses Narrative should align with the Project Expenses Table. Be as specific as possible about the eligible expenses the Lifelong Arts Engagement grant would cover. This is your opportunity to bring your project’s expenses to life, as if you were explaining them to the grant review panel.

Other things to consider:

  • If your total project expenses exceed the grant amount requested, explain the additional funding sources you noted in the third column of the table.
  • If your project requires a cost to participate, explain how those fees will be used.
  • If your project starts before and/or ends after the funding period, explain how those expenses will be covered.

Here’s what panelists will be thinking about as they review your application materials:

Quality of Proposed Project

Application demonstrates a strong arts learning project and asset-based premise.

What panelists will be thinking about: Does the application clearly outline the important details of the project?

Integrity of Proposed Project

Application demonstrates an asset-based premise that centers the voice of the learners.

What panelists will be thinking about: Does the application articulate the specific assets and contributions of the community of learners and collaborators involved? Does the community of learners have a voice in the development and implementation of the project?

Potential Impact

Application centers expected benefit to learners.

What panelists will be thinking about: Are the objectives, outcomes, and methods of evaluation well defined and relevant for the learners involved?

Viability

Application demonstrates a strong project plan and appropriateness of budget.

What panelists will be thinking about: Does the application demonstrate substantial evidence that the proposal will be realized within the proposed project timeline? Do the expenses described appear appropriate to the proposed project?

All applications are subject to a public review process. First, Arts Commission staff review each application for completeness and eligibility. Applications that are incomplete or submitted after the due date are considered ineligible for panel review and funding.

Eligible applications are then evaluated by independent review panels made up of arts learning specialist from communities throughout the state. They evaluate each application on its own merits and solely on the basis of the published evaluation criteria.

Panelists first review applications individually. They then meet as a body to discuss the applications and finalize assessment as a group. This meeting is open to the public and while applicants are not permitted to participate in the discussion, they are encouraged to attend or listen-in online. Applicants being reviewed will be notified when panel dates are set. At the conclusion of their deliberations, the panel submits their funding recommendations to the Arts Commission’s Governor-appointed board of commissioners for approval.

This program does not fund the following:

  • Projects that take place during traditional school hours and seek to supplant arts programs, curriculum or arts educators.
  • Strictly field trip or performance-based activities. (See FAQ #3 for more information)
  • Producing organizations to tour or present themselves.
  • Support for individual professional development activities.
  • Support for projects which would otherwise be eligible for a Festival Grant.
  • Funding for insurance.
  • Food and beverages for any purpose.
  • Fundraising projects.
  • Awards and competitions.
  • Indirect costs.
  • Organizations and schools that received Arts Commission funding in Fiscal Year 2023, but failed to file a final report.
  • Applications submitted by for-profit organizations.
  • An individual may not apply to the Lifelong Arts Engagement Grant directly or as an individual with fiscal sponsorship.
  • Grant administration, overhead or processing fees taken by an umbrella/parent organization as a percentage of the total award, with the exception of fiscal sponsors.
  • Religious institution-led or religious group-sponsored projects not open to participation by non- congregants.
  • Religious institution-led or religious group-sponsored projects whose primary purpose is the religious socialization of individuals or which exist as parts of religious sermons or services.

This list is not comprehensive.

Additionally, according to the Arts Commission’s enabling statutes, “Notwithstanding any other law, no monies from the Arizona Commission on the Arts may be spent for payment to any person or entity for use in desecrating, casting contempt on, mutilating, defacing, defiling, burning, trampling or otherwise dishonoring or causing to bring dishonor on religious objects, the flag of the United States or the flag of this state.” Recipients of Arts Commission support are further instructed to “take into consideration general standards of decency and respect for the diverse beliefs and values of the American public” within funded programs.

  1. What types of organizations can apply for Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants?
    Eligible organizations include: adult day centers, assisted living facilities, arts and cultural organizations, community-based service organizations, libraries, neighborhood centers, parks and recreation departments, retirement communities, rehabilitation centers, social service organizations, university/college departments and more. An organization without tax-exempt status, may apply with a nonprofit fiscal sponsor.
  2. What is asset-based vs. deficit-based language? How can we address inequalities in our narrative?
    Asset-based language focuses on the unique attributes the participants bring to the project (passionate, capable, thriving) as opposed to deficit-based language that define people and places by perceived insufficiencies (like at risk, lacking, marginalized, underserved). Deficit-based language reinforces negative stereotypes and is not conducive to the type of arts learning this grant program seeks to support. It also contributes to a dynamic where learners are not seen as partners, but as objects of charity. If you’re talking about a problem, use language that reflects that systematic disparities and community wide problems in fact have systemic causes, that these are not self-caused problems, and explicitly describe those systems whenever possible.
  3. Are field trips or strictly performance-based projects eligible for this grant?
    No. While a field trip or culminating performance may be a part of the project, it should not be the primary focus. This grant supports programs that seek to activate participant voices, narratives, and perspectives. It is important to articulate how a community of learners has a voice and agency in the development and implementation of the project. This grant values active participation over exposure or passive engagement.
  4. Can my organization apply for a Lifelong Arts Engagement Grant in multiple cycles?
    Organizations may only receive one Lifelong Arts Engagement Grant per fiscal year. For example, if an organization applies in Cycle A for Fiscal Year 2024 and IS funded, they may not apply again in Cycle B for that fiscal year. If the application is NOT funded, it can be resubmitted in the next cycle.
  5. Can my organization apply for a Lifelong Arts Engagement Grant and a Youth Arts Engagement Grant?
    No. Though an organization may be eligible for more than one arts learning grant program, the Arts Commission limits the number of applications which may be submitted by an applicant to one arts learning grant program within the same funding period. An applicant who applies to the Youth Arts Engagement Grant program in Fiscal Year 2024 may not apply for a Lifelong Arts Engagement Grant that same year.
  6. I’m an arts organization, am I eligible to apply directly and serve as a partner in another project?
    Yes. As outlined above, as a direct applicant an arts organization may only receive one Lifelong Arts Engagement grant per fiscal year. Those arts organization may still serve as a partner in a different project, but all applications, including the one submitted directly, count toward the total partner limit of 3 arts learning applications (both Lifelong Arts Engagement and Youth Arts Engagement) per fiscal year. This is to address the competitive nature of this grant program.
  7. My organization is eligible for other Arts Commission grants. Can I apply to those?
    No. Across grant programs, the Arts Commission limits the number of applications that may be submitted by a given organization or unit of government to one (1) application per funding period (July 1 – June 30 of the following year). While an organization or unit of government may be eligible for more than one grant program, they may only apply for one of them in a given funding period. As an example, an applicant who applies to the Creative Capacity Grant program or the Festivals Grant program in Fiscal Year 2024 may not apply for a Lifelong Arts Engagement Grant that same year.

Applicant Resources

Leading up to the application due date, the Arizona Commission on the Arts will present webinar-style information sessions and workshops to help prospective applicants in preparing competitive applications.

Recordings of each session will be posted here the following business day.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023
4:00pm – 5:00pm

REGISTER

Thursday, March 9, 2023
11:00am – 12:00pm

REGISTER

The following videos walk applicants through the key components of the applications for both Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants and Youth Arts Engagement Grants.

Applicant Guide: Narrative

Applicant Guide: Project Timeline

Applicant Guide: Project Budget

Applicant Guide: Review Process and Evaluation Criteria

Coming Soon…

Deadline: Creative Capacity Grant
Apr 6 @ 11:59 pm – 11:59 pm

Creative Capacity Grants provide general operating support to arts and culture organizations of all sizes, local arts agencies, and arts and culture organizations from Tribal Nations, whose primary mission is to produce, present, teach or serve the arts.

The application period for FY2023 Creative Capacity Grants is now closed.

Guidelines and applicant resources for FY2024 Creative Capacity Grants will be published on February 15, 2023.

Applications will be due April 6, 2023.


Multi-Year Application Cycle

CCGs are awarded on a multi-year funding cycle. That means that organizations submit a full application once every three years. In an effort to ease an applicant’s administrative effort, on their two alternate years, grantees submit only a brief application update and do not undergo panel review.

However…

To begin the multi-year rotation, organizations who applied at Levels 6, 7 and 8 will be required to submit a full application this year, while all other FY2023 grantees will be in an alternate year.

Returning applicants: Check the chart below to see if you will be in your full or alternate year in FY2024.

Fiscal Year CCG Levels 1-3 CCG Levels 4-5 CCG Levels 6-8
FY2023 Full Application Full Application Full Application
FY2024 Alternate Year Alternate Year Full Application
FY2025 Alternate Year Full Application Alternate Year
FY2026 Full Application Alternate Year Alternate Year

 

Please note: regardless of Level, full applications will be required of any organization that did not apply for FY2023 funding or was not awarded funding for FY2023. 


Who is it for?

The Creative Capacity Grants (CCG) program is open to Arizona arts and culture organizations that:

  • are incorporated as a nonprofit organization with tax-exempt status or are a unit of government∗
  • have a primary mission to produce, present, teach or serve the arts
  • have a minimum annual budget of $4,000 (see Grant Levels & Award Ranges section below for more information)
  • will incur eligible expenses during the funding period of July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

Multidisciplinary or multipurpose organizations are eligible for CCGs if they meet the above requirements and are able to demonstrate that the arts comprise over 51% of the organization’s public programming and budget. Multidisciplinary or multipurpose organizations are strongly encouraged to contact staff before submitting a CCG application to discuss eligibility (see FAQ).

∗ unincorporated organizations with an annual budget under $200,000 (levels I-IV) that are otherwise eligible may apply through a nonprofit fiscal sponsor.

Please note, while an organization or unit of government may be eligible for more than one grant program, the Arts Commission limits the number of applications that may be submitted across programs to one application per entity per funding period. Organizations applying for a Creative Capacity Grant in Fiscal Year 2023 may not apply for any other Arts Commission grants for organizations.

Deadline: Festival Grant
Apr 6 @ 11:59 pm – 11:59 pm

The application period for FY2023 Festival Grants is now closed.

Guidelines and applicant resources for FY2024 Festival Grants will be published by mid-February. Applications will be due in April.

Festival Grants support organizations in their efforts to provide quality arts and culture programming through festival activities and are awarded to assist with the costs of connecting artists and culture bearers (or their artistic work) with communities.

Festivals allow communities to share artistic and cultural traditions which can create vibrant opportunities and experiences for community members 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 engagement opportunities. Festival activities can include various performing, visual and literary arts, food, and traditional demonstrations, but also may be specific to an artistic discipline.

Arizona nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status, or units of government (local or Tribal) producing such festivals. For example, eligible organizations include local arts agencies, tribal cultural organizations, government departments or agencies, university/college departments, and other nonprofit cultural and social service organizations. Unincorporated organizations who are otherwise eligible may apply with a nonprofit fiscal sponsor. 

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. Eligible festivals must demonstrate a thematic emphasis on arts and culture in their programming. 

Festival activities must last a minimum of one four-hour day and may only span the duration of two consecutive weekends. Seasonal series of presented works are eligible activities. For this grant program, festival activities can include juried processes, but scholarships, pageants or standalone award ceremonies are ineligible. Please see a more detailed list of ineligible expenses at the end of this document. 

Festival grants support both in-person and virtual festivals. 

Applicants may request grant award amounts ranging from a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $5,000.

There is no cash match required for this grant opportunity, however applicants should use the narrative sections of the application to justify their requested award amounts. 

In-person Festivals

Award Range: $1,000 – $5,000

Eligible Expenses:

  • Contracted Artistic Services and Artist Fees: includes guest artist contractual fees including travel, lodging, and per diem expenses.
  • Production Expenses: includes insurance, sound, lighting, and equipment rental and operation for the artistic project only.
  • Space Rental: includes stage, space, or venue rental for the artistic project only.
  • Marketing/Promotion: includes contracted graphic design services the purchase of advertising space and creation of digital and printed promotional materials for the entire event.
  • Accessibility Services: includes closed captioning, interpretation, and translation services, visual enhancements, and listening guides. 
  • Public Health and Safety Compliance: includes personal protective equipment, cleaning and sanitation services, and equipment/structuring to support distancing.

Virtual Festivals

Award Range: $1,000 – $5,000

Eligible Expenses:

  • Contracted Artistic Services and Artist Fees: includes guest artist contractual fees including travel, lodging, and per diem expenses.
  • Production Expenses: includes insurance, sound, lighting, and equipment rental and operation for the artistic project only.
  • Space Rental: includes stage, space, or venue rental for the artistic project only.
  • Marketing/Promotion: includes contracted graphic design services the purchase of advertising space and creation of digital and printed promotional materials for the entire event.
  • Accessibility Services: includes closed captioning, interpretation, and translation services, visual enhancements, and listening guides.
  • Public Health and Safety Compliance: includes personal protective equipment, cleaning and sanitation services, and equipment/structuring to support distancing.
  • Digital Operations: includes fees related to video live-streaming services, access to webinar and conferencing platforms, closed captioning, translation and interpretation services, and digital ticketing/event management systems.

When you’re ready, click on “Apply Now” below. This will take you to the Submittable platform. You do not have to complete the application in one session; Submittable allows you to save a draft of your application and complete/submit it later.

The application period for FY2023 Festival Grants is now closed.

Please review the FY2023 Festival Grant Guidelines thoroughly before beginning your application.

Primary Staff Contact

Brad DeBiase
Programs and Grants Coordinator
Phone: (602) 771-6534
Email: [email protected]

Technical Support

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

To help organizations prepare their best application, Arts Commission staff will present an online information session.

A recording of the session will be posted here on Monday, February 28.

Thursday, February 24
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

CLOSED

Recorded Info Session

Originally presented on February 24, 2022, this information session offers viewers an overview of the Festival Grant program, including eligibility requirements, application questions, and review criteria.

Deadline: Youth Arts Engagement Grant
Apr 6 @ 11:59 pm – 11:59 pm

Youth Arts Engagement Grants support arts learning projects for young people that occur outside of traditional school hours. Organizations can request $5,000 to $7,500.

What does it fund?

Youth Arts Engagement Grants support projects that…

  • focus on young people, ages 24 and under,
  • occur outside of traditional school hours (before/after school and/or during school holidays/breaks), and
  • center arts learning practices.

Such projects should also…

  • provide opportunities for creative expression in safe and nurturing environments,
  • honor youth voices, narratives, and perspectives, and
  • utilize the assets of the community being served.

Projects may take place in…

  • arts venues,
  • community centers,
  • school sites, and
  • other youth-oriented settings.

Arts learning projects feature sequential, hands-on learning through the arts to develop artistic skills, processes and creativity. Artistic and/or cultural discipline(s) may include, but are not limited to dance, literary arts, media arts, music, theatre, traditional and folk arts, and visual arts. Arts learning projects include specific objectives, outcomes and methods of evaluation that are well defined and relevant for the learners involved.

Eligible applicants for Youth Arts Engagement Grants include:

  • Arizona nonprofit organizations* with tax-exempt status
  • schools/school districts
  • units of government

See FAQ #1 on page 9 for more information on eligible organizations.

*An organization without tax-exempt status may apply through a nonprofit fiscal sponsor.

Application Limits

An organization may submit only one application per cycle and may receive only one Youth Arts Engagement Grant per fiscal year.

Across grant programs, the Arts Commission limits the number of applications that may be submitted by a given organization or unit of government to one (1) application per funding period (July 1 – June 30 of the following year). While an organization or unit of government may be eligible for more than one grant program, they may only apply for one of them in a given funding period. (See FAQ #9 for more information)

Additional Considerations for Teaching Artist

Individual teaching artists or arts organizations may be listed as partners on a maximum of three (3) funded arts learning grant applications (both Lifelong Arts Engagement and Youth Arts Engagement) in a given fiscal year. If the number of applications on which a given individual teaching artist or arts organization is listed as a partner in a single funding cycle exceeds the total number that may be funded for that fiscal year, they will be asked to advise the Arts Commission on which application(s) will be withdrawn from consideration. The Arts Commission requests that prospective applicants consider this restriction before applying.

Teaching artists are encouraged to seek out partnerships with eligible organizations, schools, or units of government. The entity you partner with will then serve as the direct applicant. When building a partnership with an organization, school, or unit of government, make sure they are not applying to the Youth Arts Engagement Grant for a different project or to another grant program through the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

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

  • artist, consultant, and other fees
  • administrative costs related to the project
  • materials or supplies
  • in-state 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 (June 30, 2024). If your full project timeline starts before or ends after the funding period, you are still eligible to apply and should articulate the full timeline in your application, but should only request and use grant funds for project activities taking place within the funding period.

Cycle A

Application Due Date

April 6, 2023

Grant review panels convened

May 2023 (dates TBA)

Grantees notified

July 5, 2023

Funding Period

July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024

Cycle B

Application Due Date

September 14, 2023

Grant review panels convened

November 2023 (dates TBA)

Grantees notified

December 13, 2023

Funding Period

January 1 – June 30, 2024

Funds are delivered approximately 6-8 weeks after all necessary paperwork has been submitted by the grantee. This includes the award agreement, state W-9 and payment form.

Applicants are encouraged to do the following prior to beginning their application:

Request Accommodations

If you require accommodation in completing the application, or otherwise participating in the grant application process, please contact the Director of Arts Learning, Elisa Radcliffe, by phone at (602) 771-6528 or by email at [email protected].

Prepare Narrative Responses

You can type your proposal narrative or you can upload audio recordings of your responses. For each narrative question you will find a maximum word count (not character) and a maximum recording length. If you share your proposal narrative via audio recordings, keep it simple and to the point. Don’t worry about impressing the panelists with your recording technique, just make sure we can hear and understand you.

Some applicants find it helpful to develop their responses using word processing software, outside the application platform. This allows them to draft responses with team members and monitor their word counts for each question. Click here to download a Word document version of the narrative questions.

Create an Account for Your Organization

In the interest of improving the user experience for applicants and reviewers, the Arizona Commission on the Arts has transitioned to a new submission platform this year. Prior to applying, all applicants will need to register their organization at https://azarts.smapply.io/. For instructions on registering your organization, visit our grantee resources page: https://azarts.gov/grants/resources/

When you’re ready, click/tap the “Apply Now” button below. You do not have to complete the application in one session; at any point you can save a draft of your application and complete or submit it later.

CLOSED

The application portal will open on Wednesday, February 8, 2023.

Organization/School Information

  • Organization/School 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.
  • Organization/School Name
  • Organization/School Mission Statement
  • Secondary Point of Contact
  • Authorizing Official
  • IRS Letter of Determination (if applicable).
  • Fiscal Sponsor Letter of Agreement (if applicable).

Project Information

  • Project Title (10 word limit)
  • Project Summary (75 word limit)

Provide a brief snapshot of your project.

  • Proposed Start and End Date of Project
  • Partner Organizations (if applicable)

Please list any organizations that are collaborating on this project.

Narrative

Project Overview (300 word limit, 3 minute audio limit)

Provide a detailed description of your proposed arts learning project. This overview should help panelists understand the general outline for your proposed arts learning project. Focus on the who, what, where, and when of your proposed project. Include details of the arts learning project including what types of artistic disciplines will be at the center of the project, how long the program will be, how often the community of learners will meet and how long each class will be (e.g., The community of learners will meet weekly for eight weeks for 2 hours per week).

Community of Learners (300 word limit, 3 minute audio limit)

What specific population(s) of learners are central to this project? Describe their assets and what they bring to the project. (Review FAQ #2 on page 9, “What is asset-based vs. deficit-based language?,” for more information on definitions and best practices.)

If your project requires a process of selection (i.e., an audition or application) and/or a cost to participate, how are you ensuring all learners can participate? Describe how the project is supporting all who are interested in participating. (200 word limit, 2 minute audio limit)

Integrity of Project (300 word limit, 3 minute audio limit)

How does the community of learners have a voice in the development and implementation of the project?

Project Team (300 word limit, 3 minute audio limit)

Who on your team, including teaching artists and/or partners, will lead this work? Describe their assets, qualifications, and what they bring to the project. Why are they a strong fit for the project and community of learners involved?

Project Learning Outcomes (200 word limit, 2 minute audio limit)

List three learning outcomes this project will achieve. Outcomes should be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time bound. If this is an ongoing project, describe how the project will build on or responds to previously conducted work.

Project Evaluation (200 word limit, 2 minute audio limit)

What method(s) will you use to evaluate how well the project achieved these outcomes? If there is previous evaluation work that has informed the proposed project, please share those results here.

Project Setting (150 word limit, 2 minute audio limit)

Where is the work taking place? Describe how this location is accessible to the community of learners and why it is important to the proposed project.

Project Timeline Table

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.

Your timeline should convey a sense of the project’s arc, from its beginning to its end.

Note: while grant funds cannot be used for any project activities that take place outside the funding period of the cycle you are applying in, please articulate the full project timeline here.

Project Timeline Narrative (200 word limit, 2 minute audio limit)

The Project Timeline Narrative should correspond with and provide context for the Project Timeline Table. Be as specific as possible about how often and how long project activities will take place, along with proposed dates. Explain how your timeline will provide enough time to foster learning amongst the learners.

Project Budget

Grant Amount Requested

Enter the grant amount you are requesting for this project. Schools/organizations can request $5,000 to $7,500.

Project Expenses Table

In the first column, list all expenses related to the project.

In the second column, provide a short explanation of the expense.

In the third column, note what type of funding will cover the expense (YAE Grant, Other Grant Funds, Tax Credit, Cash, In-Kind, etc.).

In the fourth column, provide the monetary amount of each expense.

  • Please list only expenses related to your project. A full organizational budget is not needed.
  • Youth Arts Engagement grant funds can only be used for project activities taking place in the funding period (July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024).

Additionally, please thoroughly review the funding restrictions listed on pg. 5 of these guidelines.

Project Expenses Narrative (200 word limit, 2 minute audio limit)

The Project Expenses Narrative should align with the Project Expenses Table. Be as specific as possible about the eligible expenses the Youth Arts Engagement grant would cover. This is your opportunity to bring your project’s expenses to life, as if you were explaining them to the grant review panel.

Other things to consider:

  • If your total project expenses exceed the grant amount requested, explain the additional funding sources you noted in the third column of the table.
  • If your project requires a cost to participate, explain how those fees will be used.
  • If your project starts before and/or ends after the funding period, explain how those expenses will be covered.

Here’s what panelists will be thinking about as they review your application materials:

Quality of Proposed Project

Application demonstrates a strong arts learning project and asset-based premise.

What panelists will be thinking about: Does the application clearly outline the important details of the project?

Integrity of Proposed Project

Application demonstrates an asset-based premise that centers the voice of the learners.

What panelists will be thinking about: Does the application articulate the specific assets and contributions of the community of learners and collaborators involved? Does the community of learners have a voice in the development and implementation of the project?

Potential Impact

Application centers expected benefit to learners.

What panelists will be thinking about: Are the objectives, outcomes, and methods of evaluation well defined? Are they relevant for the learners involved?

Viability

Application demonstrates a strong project plan and appropriateness of budget.

What panelists will be thinking about: Does the application demonstrate substantial evidence that the proposal will be realized within the proposed project timeline? Do the expenses described appear appropriate to the proposed project?

All applications are subject to a public review process. First, Arts Commission staff review each application for completeness and eligibility. Applications that are incomplete or submitted after the due date are considered ineligible for panel review and funding.

Eligible applications are then evaluated by independent review panels made up of arts learning specialist from communities throughout the state. They evaluate each application on its own merits and solely on the basis of the published evaluation criteria.

Panelists first review applications individually. They then meet as a body to discuss the applications and finalize assessment as a group. This meeting is open to the public and while applicants are not permitted to participate in the discussion, they are encouraged to attend or listen-in online. Applicants being reviewed will be notified when panel dates are set. At the conclusion of their deliberations, the panel submits their funding recommendations to the Arts Commission’s Governor-appointed board of commissioners for approval.

This program does not fund the following:

  • Projects that take place during traditional school hours and seek to supplant arts programs, curriculum or arts educators.
  • Strictly field trip or performance-based activities. (See FAQ #3 for more information)
  • Producing organizations to tour or present themselves.
  • Support for individual professional development activities.
  • Support for projects which would otherwise be eligible for a Festival Grant.
  • Funding for insurance.
  • Food and beverages for any purpose.
  • Fundraising projects.
  • Awards and competitions.
  • Indirect costs.
  • Organizations and schools that received Arts Commission funding in Fiscal Year 2023, but failed to file a final report.
  • Applications submitted by for-profit organizations.
  • An individual may not apply to the Youth Arts Engagement Grant directly or as an individual with fiscal sponsorship.
  • Grant administration, overhead or processing fees taken by an umbrella/parent organization as a percentage of the total award, with the exception of fiscal sponsors.
  • Religious institution-led or religious group-sponsored projects not open to participation by non- congregants.
  • Religious institution-led or religious group-sponsored projects whose primary purpose is the religious socialization of individuals or which exist as parts of religious sermons or services.

This list is not comprehensive.

Additionally, according to the Arts Commission’s enabling statutes, “Notwithstanding any other law, no monies from the Arizona Commission on the Arts may be spent for payment to any person or entity for use in desecrating, casting contempt on, mutilating, defacing, defiling, burning, trampling or otherwise dishonoring or causing to bring dishonor on religious objects, the flag of the United States or the flag of this state.” Recipients of Arts Commission support are further instructed to “take into consideration general standards of decency and respect for the diverse beliefs and values of the American public” within funded programs.

  1. What types of organizations can apply for Youth Arts Engagement Grants?
    Eligible organizations include arts and cultural organizations, community-based service organizations, libraries, neighborhood centers, parks and recreation departments, social service organizations, university/ college departments, PreK-12 schools or school districts who serve youth 24 and under outside of traditional school hours.
    An organization without tax-exempt status, may apply through a nonprofit fiscal sponsor.
  2. What is asset-based vs. deficit-based language? How can we address various inequalities in our narrative?
    Asset-based language focuses on the unique attributes the participants bring to the project (passionate, capable, thriving) as opposed to deficit-based language that define people and places by perceived insufficiencies (like at risk, lacking, marginalized, underserved). Let’s not define people and places by their deficits. This reinforces negative stereotypes and is not conducive to the type of arts learning this grant program seeks to support. Deficit-based language also contributes to a dynamic where learners are not seen as partners, but as objects of charity. If you’re talking about a problem, use language that reflects that systematic disparities and community wide problems in fact have systemic causes, that these are not self-caused problems, and explicitly describe those systems whenever possible.
  3. Are field trips or strictly performance-based projects eligible for this grant?
    No. While a field trip or culminating performance may be a part of the project, it should not be the primary focus. This grant program supports arts programs that seek to activate youth voices, narratives, and perspectives. It is important to articulate how a community of learners has a voice and agency in the development and implementation of the project. This grant values active participation over exposure or passive engagement.
  4. Can a school district and a school within that district both apply?
    An individual school and a school district may each submit separate applications, but they must be for completely distinct and separate projects and be for projects that occur outside of traditional school hours.
  5. When should I contact my district about applying for this grant?
    We recommend contacting the Grant Department or Fiscal Office at your district 2-3 months prior to the grant deadline.
  6. Can my organization apply for a Youth Arts Engagement Grant in multiple cycles?
    Organizations may only receive one Youth Arts Engagement Grant per fiscal year. For example, if an organization applies in Cycle A for Fiscal Year 2024 and IS funded, they may not apply again in Cycle B for that fiscal year. If the application is NOT funded, it can be resubmitted in the next cycle.
  7. Can my organization apply for both a Youth Arts Engagement Grant and a Lifelong Arts Engagement Grant?
    No. Though an organization may be eligible for more than one arts learning grant program, the Arts Commission limits the number of applications which may be submitted by an applicant to one arts learning grant program within the same funding period. An applicant who applies to the Lifelong Arts Engagement Grant program in Fiscal Year 2024 may not apply for a Youth Arts Engagement Grant that same year.
  8. I’m an arts organization, am I eligible to apply directly and serve as a partner in another project?
    Arts organizations are eligible to apply directly to the Youth Arts Engagement Grant program. As outlined above, as a direct applicant an arts organization may only receive one Youth Arts Engagement grant per fiscal year. Those arts organization may still serve as a partner in a different project, but all applications, including the one submitted directly, count toward the total partner limit of 3 arts learning applications (both Lifelong Arts Engagement and Youth Arts Engagement) per fiscal year. This is to address the competitive nature of this grant program.
  9. My organization is eligible for other Arts Commission grants. Can I apply to those?
    No. Across grant programs, the Arts Commission limits the number of applications that may be submitted by a given organization or unit of government to one (1) application per funding period (July 1 – June 30) of the following year). While an organization or unit of government may be eligible for more than one grant program, they may only apply for one of them in a given funding period. As an example, an applicant who applies to the Creative Capacity Grant program or the Festivals Grant program in Fiscal Year 2024 may not apply for a Youth Arts Engagement Grant that same year.

Applicant Resources

Leading up to the application due date, the Arizona Commission on the Arts will present webinar-style information sessions and workshops to help prospective applicants in preparing competitive applications.

Recordings of each session will be posted here the following business day.

Tuesday, February 21, 2023
4:00pm – 5:00pm

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Thursday, March 9, 2023
11:00am – 12:00pm

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The following videos walk applicants through the key components of the applications for both Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants and Youth Arts Engagement Grants.

Applicant Guide: Narrative

Applicant Guide: Project Timeline

Applicant Guide: Project Budget

Applicant Guide: Review Process and Evaluation Criteria

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This is a public meeting. Members of the public are welcome to attend in person (location TBA) or listen online. Audio from the meeting will be live-streamed on our website at https://azarts.gov/panels/public-meetings/.

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Meeting Minutes

Meeting Recording

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Per A.R.S.§38-431.01(H)

A public body may make an open call to the public during a public meeting, subject to reasonable time, place and manner restrictions, to allow individuals to address the public body on any issue within the jurisdiction of the public body.

Members of the public who would like to make public comment, but who will not be able to attend the meeting in person may submit a request via the form below. Upon completion and submission of the form below, you will receive an email with instructions for joining the meeting via phone or virtual conference (Zoom).

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