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 Brad DeBiase at (602) 771-6534 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
21
Mon
State Holiday | Offices Closed
Feb 21 all-day
Feb
24
Thu
Online Info Session: Creative Capacity Grants
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

To help organizations prepare their best application, Arts Commission staff will host multiple online information sessions. Program manager Claudio Dicochea will walk attendees through the grant guidelines and application process and answer participant questions.

REGISTER

 

 

Online Info Session: Festival Grants
Feb 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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

Learn about the Festival Grant program for arts festivals in Arizona! Program manager Bradley DeBiase will walk you through the guidelines and application process and take any questions you might have.

Mar
10
Thu
Online Info Session: Creative Capacity Grants
Mar 10 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

To help organizations prepare their best application, Arts Commission staff will host multiple online information sessions. Program manager Claudio Dicochea will walk attendees through the grant guidelines and application process and answer participant questions.

REGISTER

 

 

Mar
11
Fri
Deadline: Creative Youth Grant
Mar 11 @ 11:59 am – 11:59 am

Administered by the Arizona Commission on the Arts’ AZ Youth Arts Council, the Creative Youth Grant is a funding opportunity for young artists, arts organizations, collaboratives, youth arts councils or clubs that are majority youth-led (20 years-old and under). Eligible applicants can apply in one of two categories: 

  • Individual: Funding for individual young artists.
  • Organization/School: Funding for schools, arts organizations, collaboratives, youth arts councils or clubs.

What is it For?

Individuals

To support young artists as they develop new skills or advance their artistic practice outside the traditional school day. This may include paying for lessons, attending a workshop, or paying for supplies and equipment.

Organizations

For projects that support young people’s stories and ideas through creative expression. This may include youth led arts projects, workshops, or events that happen outside the traditional school day.

Individuals

  • Arizona artists under the age of 20 years-old.
  • For activities taking place January 1 – June 30, 2022.

Organizations

  • Project is majority youth-led. An adult’s role is as an ally or accomplice supporting and ensuring youth leadership and shared decision making.
  • Project provides an artistic experience for the direct benefit of young people under the age of 20 in Arizona.
  • For projects taking place through January 1 – June 30, 2022.
  • Applicant organizations must be Arizona nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status, schools/ districts, or units of government who are majority youth-led (20 years-old and under). This may include collaboratives, youth arts councils or clubs. Unincorporated organizations who are otherwise eligible, may apply with a nonprofit fiscal sponsor.

Award Amount

Individuals

Individuals can request between $250 and $750, based on eligible expenses.

Organizations

Applicants can request the following flat grant amounts: $500, $1,000, $1,500.

Eligible Expenses

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

Individuals

  • Fees for private lessons or workshops
  • Materials or supplies related to your artistic practice
  • Equipment, instruments or technology related to your artistic practice
  • Travel costs
  • Documentation

Organizations

  • Artist, consultant, and other fees
  • Materials or supplies
  • Travel costs
  • Equipment or technology which directly support the project activities
  • Space/rental fees
  • Documentation

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. 

The application period for Creative Youth Grants is now closed.


The Application

Narrative

Answer each of these questions. You can type up your proposal narrative (up to 1,000 words), or you can upload it in a video or audio recording (no more than 8 minutes in length).

If you share your proposal narrative in a video or audio recording keep it simple and to the point. The recording should be just you, describing your proposal and answering the questions listed above. Please do not include edits of your work samples or special effects. Production quality of this recording will not be considered in your review. Just make sure we can hear and understand you and keep editing and post-production embellishment to a minimum.

Individuals

  1. Describe how you will use the grant funds. What is this grant going to make possible?
  2. Tell us about your artistic practice and why these activities or purchases are appropriate and important to your work as a young artist.
  3. Provide a timeline that details the proposed activities. All project activities must be completed by June 30, 2022.

Organizations

  1. Provide a detailed description of your proposed project. What do you hope the project will achieve?
  2. Who are the collaborators involved in this project? What do they bring to the table?
  3. What does youth-led look like in this project? How will the collaborators ensure shared power and decision making?
  4. Who does this project serve and why is it important to that community?
  5. Describe the timeline for the activities that will take place. All project activities must be completed by June 30, 2022.


Project Budget

Individuals

  • Expenses: List all expenses related to your proposal and provide a short explanation of the expense.
  • Grant Amount Requested: Indicate the grant amount you are requesting, based on eligible expenses, between $250 and $750.
  • Budget Narrative: Use this space to bring your project budget to life, as if you were explaining it to the grant review panel.

Organizations

  • Project Expenses: List all project expenses and provide a short explanation of the expense.
  • Grant Amount Requested: Select which of the three flat grant amounts you are requesting for you project: $500, $1,000, or $1,500.
  • Budget Narrative: Use this space to bring your project budget to life, as if you were explaining it to the grant review panel.

Application Due Date

March 11, 2022

Grant Panel Convened

March 28, 2022

Grantees Notified

April 4, 2022

Funding Period 

January 1, 2022 — June 30, 2022 

Elisa Radcliffe

Arts Learning Manager
Phone: (602) 771-6528
Email: [email protected]

Technical Support

For questions about Submittable:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (855) 467-8264, ext. 2
Web: https://help.submittable.com

Mar
24
Thu
Quarterly Commission Meeting
Mar 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Click here for public meeting notice.

Mar
25
Fri
Deadline: Creative Capacity Grant
Mar 25 @ 11:59 am – 11:59 am

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.

Grant Guidelines
Levels I-VI
(Annual budget of $4,000 – $199,999)

Grant Guidelines
Levels V-VIII
(Annual budget of $200,000+)

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.

CCG funds are intended to support general day-to-day operating costs, such as the following:

  • Salaries and Personnel Expenses: creative workers (i.e., artists, tradition bearers, designers, educators, curators, program administrators, services providers and other creative contributors), production staff, administrators, teachers, contractors, consultants
  • Artistic/Production Expenses: supplies, materials, equipment, venues, royalties, licensing
  • Administrative Expenses: office space and supplies, insurance, professional services like accounting or payroll, fees for banking, online services and platforms, training and education costs, marketing and promotion costs

Organizations apply in one of eight grant levels based on their budget size. For these purposes, budget size is determined by the organization’s adjusted annual revenue from their most recently completed fiscal year. In this program, adjusted annual revenue is defined as total annual revenue minus any in-kind support value. 

Annual Adjusted Revenue
Level 1 $4,000 – $19,999
Level 2 $20,000 – $49,999
Level 3 $50,000 – $99,999
Level 4 $100,000 – $199,999

Annual Adjusted Revenue
Level 5 $200,000 – $399,999
Level 6 $400,000 – $999,999
Level 7 $1,000,000 – $4,999,999
Level 8 $5,000,000 and above

Potential award amounts vary by level.

Awards are paid out over the course of the Arts Commission’s fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) on a predetermined schedule referred to as payment windows. Typically, payments begin with Level I grantees in the second quarter of the agency’s fiscal year (October – December) and end with Level VIII grantees receiving payment in the last quarter (April – June). A grantee’s payment window will be listed on the Award Agreement letter.

Multi-year Funding

The Creative Capacity Grant will operate on a multi-year funding cycle, with organizations submitting a full application every three years. In the two alternate years, grantees will submit an abbreviated application update.

For FY2023, as the Arts Commission’s regular organizational grantmaking has been on hiatus during the pandemic and the general operating support grant has been revised with new review criteria and award structures, all organizations applying to this new program will complete a full application and undergo panel review. An alternate-year application cycle will be implemented beginning in FY2024.

Grantee Requirements

All CCG awards must be matched with cash (at least 1:1) by the grantee organization by the end of the funding period (June 30, 2023).

Grantees will be required to submit a final report following the end of the funding period, typically due in early August of the following calendar year. The final report will be made available in April 2023 so that recipients have ample time to complete it.

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

Create or update your Submittable account

The Arts Commission runs application processes through Submittable, a cloud-based online submissions platform that can be accessed on most computers and mobile devices. To apply for a grant, you will need a Submittable user account for your organization. If your organization has previously created a Submittable account to apply for a grant from the Arts Commission or another entity, you may log in using your existing username and password. 

If you do not already have one, you can create a free account at https://manager.submittable.com/signup. 

After creating or logging in to your Submittable account, applicants will be prompted to confirm their contact information before proceeding to the application. All official Arts Commission correspondence will be sent to the contact information associated with the applicant’s Submittable account, so please ensure that this contact information is accurate and kept up to date. 

Create or log in to your SMU DataArts profile (Levels V-VIII only)

DataArts is a powerful online data management tool designed to strengthen arts and culture organizations nationwide. Organizations enter financial, programmatic, and operational data into a standardized online form and can then produce a variety of reports based on this data, including the DataArts Funder Report submitted with the CCG application.

If your organization doesn’t already have a profile you can register at https://da.culturaldata.org/register

Reach out to Arts Commission staff or the DataArts Support Center for questions and assistance.

Request accommodations

Please contact the Arts Commission before the application deadline if you require an accessibility accommodation or have other extenuating circumstances affecting your use of the online platform.

Applications undergo a public review process. They are first reviewed by Arts Commission staff for completeness and eligibility. Late or incomplete applications will be ineligible for subsequent panel review or funding.

Eligible applications are then evaluated by independent review panels made up of arts professionals from communities throughout the state. Each application is reviewed based on how well it demonstrates alignment with the evaluation criteria.

Panelists first review applications individually then meet to discuss the applications and finalize assessment as a group. This deliberation meeting is open to the public and applicants are encouraged to attend or listen-in online. Applicants being reviewed will be notified when panel dates are set.

Grant panel recommendations are then approved by the Arts Commission’s Governor-appointed board of commissioners.

Applicant Resources

To help organizations prepare their best application, Arts Commission staff will host multiple online information sessions. Click below to register.

January 27
10:00 am – 11:00 am

CLOSED

February 10
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

CLOSED

February 24
10:00 am – 11:00 am

CLOSED

March 10
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

CLOSED

Recorded Info Session

Originally presented on February 10, 2022, this information session offers viewers an overview of the Creative Capacity Grant program, including eligibility requirements, application questions, and review criteria.

To skip to a particular section, click on the icon in the play bar in the lower right corner of the video window.

To watch with captions, click on the icon in the play bar.

Some applicants find it helpful to develop responses for the Narrative Questions section of the application using word processing software, then to copy/paste into the Submittable application. Click the link below to download a Word document of the questions for your funding level.

Narrative Questions for Levels I-IV

Narrative Questions for Levels V-VIII

The DataArts – Cultural Data Profile (CDP) is a powerful online management tool designed to strengthen arts and cultural organizations. Organizations enter financial, programmatic, and operational data into a standardized online form and can then generate funder reports as part of the application process to participating grantmakers, including the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Organizations can also use their data to produce a variety of reports designed to help increase management capacity, identify strengths and challenges, and inform decision-making.

For more information about DataArts, visit http://www.culturaldata.org/.

Orientation to the DataArts Platform from DataArts on Vimeo.


How to Run a Funder Report from DataArts on Vimeo.


DataArts Support Center info:
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00am to 7:00pm ET
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (877) 707-DATA (877) 707-3282
Fax: (215) 383-0752
Online Knowledge Base: http://culturaldata.force.com/Resources/?l=en_US

May
2
Mon
Panel Review Meeting: Festivals, Group A
May 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

This is a Public Meeting.

This meeting will be broadcast live online at https://azarts.gov/panels/grant-review-panel-meeting/.

May
3
Tue
Panel Review Meeting: Festivals, Group B
May 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

This is a Public Meeting.

This meeting will be broadcast live online at https://azarts.gov/panels/grant-review-panel-meeting/.

May
4
Wed
Panel Review Meeting: Festivals, Group C
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

This is a Public Meeting.

This meeting will be broadcast live online at https://azarts.gov/panels/grant-review-panel-meeting/.

May
11
Wed
Panel Review Meeting: Creative Capacity Grant, Levels 5-8, group A
May 11 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This is a Public Meeting.

This meeting will be broadcast live online at https://azarts.gov/panels/grant-review-panel-meeting/.

May
12
Thu
Panel Review Meeting: Creative Capacity Grant, Levels 5-8, group B
May 12 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

This is a Public Meeting.

This meeting will be broadcast live online at https://azarts.gov/panels/grant-review-panel-meeting/.