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
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: 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

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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: Lifelong Arts Engagement Grant
Apr 6 @ 11:59 pm – 11:59 pm

The application period for FY2023 Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants is now closed.

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

Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants support projects that foster meaningful arts learning experiences in community settings for adult learners of any age. Projects can include, but are not limited to, using creative expression to improve quality of life for older adults (Creative Aging), intergenerational projects, and/or providing sequential hands-on learning in, through, or about the arts for adult learners.

Who’s it For?

Arizona nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status or units of government working with adult learners of any age and/or intergenerational programing. Unincorporated organizations who are otherwise eligible may apply with a nonprofit fiscal sponsor.

Application Cycles

Cycle A

Application Due Date

April 7, 2022

Grant review panels convened

May 2022 (dates and times TBA)

Grantees notified

July 1, 2022

Funding Period

July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

Cycle B

Application Due Date

September 15, 2022

Grant review panels convened

November 2022 (dates and times TBA)

Grantees notified

December 12, 2022

Funding Period

January 1, 2023 – June 30, 2023

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, 2023). 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.

Award Amount

Organizations can request $5,000 to $7,500.

Eligible Expenses

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, 2023). 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.

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.

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Organization 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 Name
  • Organization 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 (400 word limit, 4 minute audio/video limit)

Provide a detailed description of your proposed arts learning project. Focus on the who, what, where, and when of your proposed project. What learning outcomes do you hope the project will achieve? If this is an ongoing project, describe how the project will build and shift based on previously conducted work.

  • If proposing therapeutic outcomes, explain any strategies that will be incorporated to ensure the arts learning activities are appropriate for the community of learners. (200 word limit, 2 minute video/audio limit)

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

What specific population(s) of learners are central to this project? Describe their assets and what they bring to the project.

  • 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 are able to participate? Describe how the project will be accessible and open to all interested. (200 word limit, 2 minute video/audio limit)

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

How will the work you propose reflect or respond to this community of learners? How is the project dealing with questions of culture, relevance, bias, and power dynamics?

Organization (300 word limit, 3 minute video/audio limit)

Describe the mission of your organization and its connection to arts learning based work. Who on your team, including teaching artists and/or partners, will lead this work? Describe their assets and what they bring to the project. Why are they a strong fit for the project?

  • If proposing therapeutic outcomes, explain the qualifications of the teaching artist and/or the service provider(s). (200 word limit, 2 minute video/audio limit)

Project Setting (150 word limit, 2 minute video/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. Convey a sense of the arc of the project from beginning, through the middle, to the end.

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, 2023). However, if your full project timeline starts before or ends after the funding period, please articulate the full timeline here. 

Project Timeline Narrative (200 word limit, 2 minute video/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 activities will be; along with the proposed dates they will take place. Explain how your timeline will provide enough time to foster learning amongst the community participating. This is your opportunity to communicate your project timeline to the panel, as if you were describing it to the community of learners involved.

Evaluation (200 word limit, 2 minute audio/video limit)

State three major objectives and outcomes for this project. What method(s) will you use to evaluate how well the project achieved these objectives? If you have completed a similar project in the past, please share the evaluation results.


Project Budget

Grant Amount Requested

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

Project Expenses Table

List all expenses related to the project in the first column. Provide a short explanation of the expense in the second column. Note what type of funding will cover the expense (LAE Grant, Other Grant Funds, Tax Credit, Cash, In-Kind, etc.) in the third column. Please list only expenses related to your project. A full organizational budget is not needed.

Please only include project expenses which occur within the funding period (July 1, 2022- June 30, 2023). 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, 2023). You will have an opportunity to explain any expenses that occur before or after the funding period in the following Project Expenses Narrative.

Additionally, please thoroughly review the funding restrictions listed on page 6 of the guidelines.

Project Expenses Narrative (200 word limit, 2 minute video/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, and the project’s various fees and costs. 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 starts before and/or ends after the funding period, explain how those expenses will be covered. This is your opportunity to bring your project’s expenses to life, as if you were explaining them to the grant review panel.

Primary Staff Contact

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

Technical Support

For questions regarding the Submittable online sub- mission platform:

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

Applicant Resources

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

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

The application period for FY2023 Youth Arts Engagement Grants is now closed.

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

Youth Arts Engagement Grants support projects focused on young people ages 24 and under that occur outside of traditional school hours (before/after school and/or during school holidays/breaks) and are rooted in arts learning practices: sequential hands-on learning through the arts. Projects should provide creative expression in safe and nurturing environments, honor youth voices, narratives and perspectives, and utilize the assets of the community being served.

Who’s it for?

Arizona nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status, schools/districts, or units of government who serve youth 24 and under outside of traditional school hours. This may include projects taking place in arts venues, community centers, school sites, and other youth-oriented settings. Unincorporated organizations who are otherwise eligible, may apply with a nonprofit fiscal sponsor.

Application Cycles

Cycle A

Application Due Date

April 7, 2022

Grant review panels convened

May 2022 (dates and times TBA)

Grantees notified

July 1, 2022

Funding Period

July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

Cycle B

Application Due Date

September 15, 2022

Grant review panels convened

November 2022 (dates and times TBA)

Grantees notified

December 12, 2022

Funding Period

January 1, 2023 – June 30, 2023

Award Amount

Organizations can request $5,000 to $7,500.

Eligible Expenses

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, 2023). 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.

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.

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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
  • County
  • Secondary Point of Contact
  • Authorizing Official
  • IRS Letter of Determination (if applicable).
  • Fiscal Sponsor Letter of Agreement (if applicable).
  • Demographic make-up of organization staff and board

Project Information

  • Project Title (10 word limit)
  • Project Summary (75 word limit)
  • Proposed Start and End Date of  Project

Project Overview (400 word limit, 4 minute video/audio limit)

Provide a detailed description of your proposed arts learning project. Focus on the who, what, where, and when of your proposed project. What learning outcomes do you hope the project will achieve? If this is an ongoing project, describe how the project will build and shift based on conducted work.

  • If proposing therapeutic outcomes, explain any strategies that will be incorporated to ensure the arts learning activities are appropriate for the community of learners. (200 word limit, 2 minute video/audio limit)

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

What specific population(s) of learners are central to this project? Describe their assets and what they bring to the project.

  • 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 are able to participate? Describe how the project will be accessible and open to all interested. (200 word limit, 2 minute video/audio limit)

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

How will the work you propose reflect or respond to this community of learners? How is the project dealing with questions of culture, relevance, bias, and power dynamics?

School/Organization (300 word limit, 3 minute video/audio limit)

Describe the mission of your school or organization and its connection to arts learning based work. Who on your team, including teaching artists and/or partners, will lead this work? Describe their assets and what they bring to the project. Why are they a strong fit for the project?

  • If proposing therapeutic outcomes, explain the qualifications of the teaching artist and/or the service provider(s). (200 word limit, 2 minute video/audio limit)

Project Setting (150 word limit, 2 minute video/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. Convey a sense of the arc of the project from beginning, through the middle, to the end. 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, 2023). However, if your full project timeline starts before or ends after the funding period, please articulate the full timeline here.

Project Timeline Narrative (200 word limit, 2 minute video/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 activities will be; along with the proposed dates they will take place. Explain how your timeline will provide enough time to foster learning amongst the community participating. This is your opportunity to communicate your project timeline to the panel, as if you were describing it to the community of learners involved.

Evaluation (200 word limit, 2 minute video/audio limit)

State three major objectives and outcomes for this project. What method(s) will you use to evaluate how well the project achieved these objectives? If you have completed a similar project in the past, please share the evaluation results.


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

List all expenses related to the project in the first column. Provide a short explanation of the expense in the second column. Note what type of funding will cover the expense (YAE Grant, Other Grant Funds, Tax Credit, Cash, In-Kind, etc.) in the third column. Please list only expenses related to your project. A full organizational budget is not needed.

Please only include project expenses which occur within the funding period (July 1, 2022- June 30, 2023). 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, 2023). You will have an opportunity to explain any expenses that occur before or after the funding period in the following Project Expenses Narrative.

Additionally, please thoroughly review the funding restrictions listed on page 6 of these guidelines.

Project Expenses Narrative (200 word limit, 2 minute video/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, and the project’s various fees and costs. 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 starts before and/or ends after the funding period, explain how those expenses will be covered. This is your opportunity to bring your project’s expenses to life, as if you were explaining them to the grant review panel.

Primary Staff Contact

Anastasia Freyermuth
Evaluation and Learning Manager
Phone: (602) 771-6529
Email: [email protected]

Technical Support

For questions regarding the Submittable online sub- mission platform:

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

Applicant Resources

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

 

Apr
20
Thu
Deadline: Creative Capacity Grant
Apr 20 @ 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 by mid-February.

Applications will be due in April.

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

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February 10
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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February 24
10:00 am – 11:00 am

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March 10
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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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
29
Mon
State Govt Holiday Observed | Office Closed
May 29 all-day
Jun
22
Thu
Quarterly Commission Meeting
Jun 22 @ 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).

This form is not yet available.
Jul
4
Tue
State Govt Holiday Observed | Office Closed
Jul 4 all-day
Sep
4
Mon
State Govt Holiday Observed | Office Closed
Sep 4 all-day
Sep
21
Thu
Quarterly Commission Meeting
Sep 21 @ 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).

This form is not yet available.
Oct
9
Mon
State Govt Holiday Observed | Office Closed
Oct 9 all-day