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].

 

Mar
8
Fri
Info Session: FY2025 Festival Grants
Mar 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us for a one hour detailed review of the Festival Grant guidelines and a brief Q&A.

REGISTER

Mar
12
Tue
Info Session: FY2025 Lifelong/Youth Arts Engagement Grants
Mar 12 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join us for a one hour detailed review of the application guidelines for Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants and Youth Arts Engagement Grants, followed by a brief Q&A.

REGISTER

Mar
14
Thu
Info Session: FY2025 Creative Capacity Grants
Mar 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join the Organizational Programs team for a one hour detailed review of the Creative Capacity Grant guidelines and a brief Q&A.

REGISTER

Apr
4
Thu
Deadline: Creative Youth Grant
Apr 4 @ 11:59 pm – 11:59 pm

Created and reviewed by the Arizona Commission on the Arts’ AZ Youth Arts Council, the Creative Youth Grant is a funding opportunity for young artists ages 12 -17.

What does it fund?

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.

Who is it for?

Eligible applicants for the Creative Youth Grant include Arizona young artists ages 12-17.

Applications that are developed by adults will be ineligible for funding. Parents, guardians or teachers may not apply for the young artist.

Award Amount

Individuals can request between $250 and $500 based on eligible expenses.

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

  • 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.

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 or video recordings of your responses. The narrative has a maximum word count (not character) and a maximum recording 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. All audio files must be uploaded as MP3 files (.mp3).

When you’re ready, click on 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.

APPLY NOW

CLOSED

Narrative

(600 word limit, 5 minute audio/video limit)

Answer each of these questions.

  1. Tell us about yourself and your artistic practice.
  2. Describe how you will use the grant funds. Why are these activities or purchases important to you as a young artist?
  3. Provide a timeline of the proposed activities or purchases. All activities or purchases must take place July 1, 2024 through June 30, 2025.

Work Sample

Submit a work sample you’ve completed. All levels of artists are encouraged to apply. The panel will use the work sample to support the narrative you have provided. They will not be judging the quality of the work sample as a part of their review.

From the list below, please choose the most appropriate artistic work sample format to represent your discipline:

  • 3 minutes of recorded audio
  • 3 minutes of recorded video
  • 6 images
  • 3 pages of double-spaced text or 3 poems

Work Sample Narrative
(200 word limit, 2 minute audio/video limit)

Provide a brief description explaining how the submitted work sample relates to your proposal. Why did you choose them?

Budget

Expenses 

List all expenses related to your proposal and provide a short explanation of the expenses.

Grant Amount Requested 

Indicate the grant amount you are requesting, based on eligible expenses, between $250 and $500.

Budget Narrative (200 word limit, 2 minute audio/video limit)

If your total expenses exceed the grant amount requested, explain how you will pay for the remaining costs.

Your narrative responses will be evaluated by AZ Youth Arts Council members based on the following criteria.

Quality of Proposal
Did you clearly outline your artistic form and how you will spend the grant funds?

Potential Impact 
Did you describe how these funds will impact you as a young artist?

Viability 
Are the expenses you describe appropriate for the grant? Does the application demonstrate substantial evidence that the proposal will be realized within the proposed timeline?

  • Food and beverages for any purpose.
  • Fundraising projects.
  • Opportunities that take place outside of the funding period.
  • Equipment not related to the opportunity.
  • Opportunities related to academic research or formal study toward an academic or professional degree, such as capstone projects.
  • Applications that are developed by adults will be ineligible for funding.
  • 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.

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.

Deadline: Festival Grant
Apr 4 @ 11:59 pm – 11:59 pm

Festival Grants support the presentation of quality arts and culture programming through festival activities, connecting artists and culture bearers (or their artistic work) with communities.

What does it fund?

Festival grants support in-person, virtual, and hybrid festivals.

For the purposes of this grant program, a festival is defined as a periodic celebration or gathering that…

  • happens in a condensed period of time,
  • features a varied and curated program of events, and
  • has an easily identifiable and unifying theme or specified focus.

Festivals eligible for Festival Grants must…

  • demonstrate a thematic emphasis on arts and culture in their programming,
  • last a minimum of one four-hour day, and
  • only span the duration of two consecutive weekends

Seasonal series of presented works, as well as freestanding productions or exhibitions, are not eligible activities for this program. Festival activities can include juried processes, but scholarships, pageants or standalone award ceremonies are also ineligible. Please see a more detailed list of ineligible expenses at the end of this document.

Who is it for?

Eligible applicants for Festival Grants include Arizona-based…

  • nonprofit organizations* with tax-exempt status
  • Units of government (local or Tribal)
  • Local arts agencies
  • Tribal cultural organizations
  • University/college departments
  • *An organization without tax-exempt status 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 Festival Grant in Fiscal Year 2025 may not apply for any other Arts Commission grants for organizations.

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.

How many Grants Will Be Awarded?

In 2012, the Arizona Commission on the Arts was removed from the State’s General Fund as an ongoing budget line-item. Since that time, the agency’s annual grantmaking budget has been especially volatile, dependent on one-time legislative appropriations, which have ranged from $0 – $5 million. The agency’s grantmaking capacity for Fiscal Year 2025 will not be known until the State’s budget is passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor. This typically happens in late spring.

The number and size of grants the agency will award in Fiscal Year 2025 will depend on the outcome of this legislative budget session.

For more info on Arts Commission funding, visit https://azarts.gov/about-us/who-we-are/budget/.

Contracted Artistic Services and Artist Fees

Includes guest artist contractual fees including travel, and lodging.

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

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 this application, or otherwise participating in the grant application process, please contact Organizational Programs Manager Brad DeBiase at [email protected] or (602) 771-6534.

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. All audio files must be uploaded as MP3 files (.mp3).

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. A Word document version of the narrative questions can be downloaded at https://azarts.gov/grant/festival.

Create or Update the SurveyMonkey Apply Account for Your Organization

You will submit your application through an online submission platform called SurveyMonkey Apply. Prior to applying, all new applicants will need to register their organization at https://azarts.smapply.io/.

If your organization already has an account, we encourage you to confirm that all information is up to date and add/remove any team members as needed.
For instructions on how to create or update your account, visit our applicant resources page: https://azarts.gov/grants/applicant-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.

APPLY NOW

Organization Information

  • Information collected in this section of the application is used for internal and reporting purposes only.
  • Organization name and (if applicable) DBA
  • Secondary contact info
  • ADA Coordinator contact info
    Grants from the Arts Commission require compliance with the regulations of Section 504 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA Coordinator is the person who can answer questions about or facilitate requests for accessible programs and services; no special training or certification required.
  • Festival website
  • Nonprofit status (and file upload)
    You will be required to upload an IRS determination letter OR a fiscal sponsor letter of agreement in the “Nonprofit Status” section. Units of government are exempt from this requirement.

Festival Overview

  • Festival name
  • One sentence description (150 words max)
  • Festival dates and times (or usual calendar placement)
  • Projected number of participants (or average annual attendance)
  • Organization mission statement (150 words maximum)

Festival Format

  • In-person
  • Virtual
  • Hybrid

In-person festivals that possess virtual components (e.g. livestreaming performances) would be considered “Hybrid”, and applicants should select the “Virtual” option if their festival activities will be produced and attended exclusively through digital platforms.

Narrative

  1. Describe your festival in its entirety. Be as specific as possible about the festival’s arts and culture programming. How are contributing artists identified, and what will participants gain, learn, and/or access through festival activities? (400 words maximum or 3-minute audio limit)
  2. Provide an outline of your festival’s timeline, detailing your processes for planning, outreach, implementation, production, and post-production work. (400 words maximum or 3-minute audio limit)
  3. What communities will you engage through your festival, and how? Please define these communities, considering “community” broadly, beyond simple age- or location-based groups. What demographics and sociocultural identities would you expect to be represented among festival producers, personnel, and participants? (400 words maximum or 3-minute audio limit)
  4. In addition to ADA compliance, please describe how your organization will create the conditions to support the participation of people of all abilities. How will your organization ensure that your festival’s programming, facilities, and venues accommodate wide-ranging accessibility considerations? (300 words maximum or 2-minute audio limit) See FAQ for additional details.
  5. Please describe how you will evaluate and define the success of your proposed festival activities. What methods will you use to assess community engagement and impact, and how will these findings inform future festival projects? (300 words maximum or 2-minute audio limit)

Festival Budget

Grant Amount Requested

Enter the grant amount you are requesting. Applicants may request between $1,000 and $5,000.

Budget Form

All applicants must submit a complete project budget using the form embedded in the application.

Budget Narrative

Please use this space to describe the festival budget, including eligible fees, any anticipated income, and any substantial in-kind support. This is your opportunity to bring your festival budget to life, as if you were explaining it to the grant review panel. You may also use this Budget Narrative section to explain how you have arrived at certain itemized dollar amounts. (300 words maximum) See FAQ for additional details.

Your organization’s application materials will be reviewed by an independent panel according to the following criteria. Please note: need is not a criterion. Application merit is based upon strength of response in relation to the review criteria.

Quality Arts and Culture Programming

Does the application clearly describe the festival’s arts and culture programming and the artist/culture bearers who will be engaged? Does the application make a compelling case for what it hopes to make available to festival participants and attendees and how? Does the application outline in detail the structure and timeline of the festival’s programming/activities?

Community Benefit

Does the application define the communities the festival hopes to directly serve, interact, and engage with? Does the application clearly outline how this will happen? Does the application thoughtfully address access and participation for people of all abilities?

Viability

Does the application demonstrate substantial evidence that the festival activities will be realized within the funding period? Does the proposed budget appropriately reflect the scope of work described in the application? Does the application clearly explain how project activities will be produced and delivered?

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 individuals from communities throughout the state who work in or adjacent to the arts. 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:

  • Applicants that received Arts Commission funding in fiscal year 2024, but failed to file a final report by Monday, September 16, 2024.
  • Entities submitting an application for an FY2024 Creative Capacity Grant, Youth Arts Engagement Grant, or Lifelong Arts Engagement Grant (see FAQ for more information).
  • Applications submitted by businesses and for-profit organizations. School districts that would otherwise be eligible for Arts Learning grants.
  • An organization’s season or seasonal series of presented work.
  • Projects involving construction of facilities.
  • Debt reduction.
  • Food and beverages for receptions and hospitality functions.
  • Fundraising projects.
  • Scholarships, pageants, competition prizes, or standalone award ceremonies.
  • Producing organizations to tour or present themselves.
  • Conferences, symposiums and the like.
  • 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.
  • Equipment/capital expenditures.
  • Lobbying expenses.
  • College or university-sponsored projects not open to participation by the community outside the university setting.
  • Staff or board member salaries of the applicant organization.
  • Re-granting.
  • Indirect costs.
  • 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.
  • Any costs other than eligible fees.

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. How can I be sure that my project is eligible for this program?
    If you have reviewed the eligibility criteria listed earlier in this guidelines document and are still unsure if your festival is an appropriate fit for this program, we recommend that you reach out to the program manager to determine if your project is a good fit for the Festival Grant program. Arts Commission staff will provide consultation to determine if your proposed festival activities warrant submitting an application.
  2. My organization is eligible for other Arts Commission grants. Can I apply to those too?
    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 Festivals Grant program in Fiscal Year 2024 may not apply for the Creative Capacity Grant program or a Youth Arts Engagement Grant that same year.
  3. What is meant by “a thematic emphasis on arts and culture” regarding programming?
    While eligible applicant organizations may not have an expressly arts and culture-focused mission, eligible festival projects must include arts and culture programming as part of the festival’s main goals and objectives. Arts and culture programming must be centrally featured as part of your festival’s activities and should not be peripheral add-ons to the festival’s main emphasis.
  4. What is meant by “In addition to ADA compliance” in the fourth narrative question?
    Applicants are encouraged to consider how their festival activities and venue create accessible programming beyond baseline needs related to physical mobility. How are intellectual, physical, sensory, and neurodivergent/cognitive needs being addressed for attendees of all ability levels and how is this reflected in your festival’s structure? How are interpretation, captioning, and/or visual aid resources being provided? Accessibility considerations may also include bilingual/translation services for printed materials, emergency preparedness plans, tactile resources, and proper disability access symbols included in your festival’s marketing and publicity.
  5. My festival utilizes a lot of in-kind volunteer support. How should I reflect this in our budget?
    The Arts Commission recognizes the significant role of volunteers at festival events. While you are not asked to itemize the dollar value of in-kind support in your budget, you are encouraged to discuss in your Budget Narrative how any substantial in-kind volunteer support helps offset other expenses and contributes to the overall viability of your festival. There are a variety of estimations regarding the dollar value of a volunteer work hour, and the Arts Commission suggests a range of $20.00 to $30.00 per hour based on your festival’s need for personnel and the scope of volunteer work. Please contact Arts Commission staff if you would like to further discuss how to account for in-kind support.
  6. My festival isn’t taking place until late in the funding period and we are still in a planning phase. Can we still apply for a Festival Grant?
    Yes. If you are still in a planning phase for your festival activities and do not have certain specific details finalized at the time you are submitting your application, we advise that you offer insight as to how you are making your decisions, what your options may be for a particular unknown, and what your desired outcome(s) may be for items still in development. Offering a high level of detail surrounding your organization’s planning and decision-making will at least help a panel understand how your festival will likely come into existence even if certain logistics and details are still in development.

Applicant Resources

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

A recordings of this session will be posted here the following business day.

Friday, March 8, 2024
10:00 am – 11:00 am

REGISTER

How do I register on behalf of an organization?

  1. Go to https://azarts.smapply.io/
  2. Click the “Register” button at the upper-right corner of the window. (If you are using a mobile device, tap the “Sign Up” button.)
  3. Choose the option to “Register as an Organization”
  4. Enter your name, email address, and a password. (The person who registers the organization in SMApply becomes the organization’s first “member” and the administrator of the organization’s account. Additional members may be added later and/or made an account administrator.)
  5. Click/tap the “Create Account” button
  6. Enter the requested information about your Organization, such as the organization’s name, mailing address, and general contact information.

Video Walkthrough


How do I add members to my Organization?

Once you have created your organization you can add additional members to assist with applications and account maintenance.

  1. Go to https://azarts.smapply.io/
  2. Login as an organization administrator
  3. Click “Manage Organization” in the top right corner
  4. Click “Members”
  5. Click the “Add Member” button
  6. Enter the First Name, Last Name, and Email Address of the member
  7. Select whether the member will have Administrative or Non-Administrative Access
  8. Click the box to “Notify member by email” (This is useful if the user does not already have an account in the system as they will receive an invitation email and be able to create a password to log in.)
  9. Click “Add”

For instructions on adding members in bulk, click here.

How do I update my Organization’s Profile?

  1. Go to https://azarts.smapply.io/
  2. Login as an organization administrator
  3. Click on “Manage Organization” in the top right corner
  4. Click “Profile”
  5. Update your profile information
  6. Click “Save”

Additional Guides

SurveyMonkey Apply provides a comprehensive FAQ for applicants; in addition to the “how tos” above you can find more information and resources on accounts, completing an application, and managing your organization at https://help.smapply.io/hc/en-us/articles/360032514674-General-Account-FAQ.

Deadline: Lifelong Arts Engagement Grant
Apr 4 @ 11:59 pm – 11:59 pm

Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants support projects that foster meaningful arts learning experiences for adult learners of any age and/or intergenerational projects in community settings.

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 of any age and/or intergenerational projects.

Download/Print the Grant Guidelines

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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.

Award Amount

Organizations can request $2,500 to $5,000.

There is no cash match required for this grant opportunity.

Eligible applicants for Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants include:

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

See FAQ #1 in the FAQ section below for more information on eligible organizations.

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

Application Limits

An organization may submit only one application 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 #6 below 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 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 of the fiscal year (July 1, 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.

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. All audio files must be uploaded as MP3 files (.mp3).

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. A Word document version of the narrative questions can be downloaded at https://azarts.gov/grant/lifetime-arts-engagment/.

Create or Update the SurveyMonkey Apply Account for Your Organization

You will submit your application through an online submission platform called SurveyMonkey Apply. Prior to applying, all new applicants will need to register their organization at https://azarts.smapply.io/.

If your organization already has an account, we encourage you to confirm that all information is up to date and add/remove any team members as needed.

For instructions on how to create or update your account, visit our applicant resources page: https://azarts.gov/grants/applicant-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.

APPLY NOW

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 (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 will the work you propose reflect or respond to this community of learners? How does the community of learners have a voice and agency 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 arts 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, 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 $2,500 to $5,000.

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, 2024 – June 30, 2025).

Additionally, please thoroughly review the funding restrictions listed on page 8 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.

Your organization’s application materials will be reviewed by an independent panel according to the following criteria. Please note: need is not a criterion. Application merit is based upon strength of response in relation to the review criteria.

Quality of Proposed Project
Application demonstrates a strong arts learning project.

What panelists will be thinking about: Does the application clearly outline the important details of the arts learning 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 application articulate how the proposed project reflects or responds to the community of learners involved? Does the community of learners have a voice and agency 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 specialists 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 on page 9 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 2024, 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 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.

A recordings of this session will be posted here the following business day.

Friday, March 8, 2024
10:00 am – 11:00 am

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

How do I register on behalf of an organization?

  1. Go to https://azarts.smapply.io/
  2. Click the “Register” button at the upper-right corner of the window. (If you are using a mobile device, tap the “Sign Up” button.)
  3. Choose the option to “Register as an Organization”
  4. Enter your name, email address, and a password. (The person who registers the organization in SMApply becomes the organization’s first “member” and the administrator of the organization’s account. Additional members may be added later and/or made an account administrator.)
  5. Click/tap the “Create Account” button
  6. Enter the requested information about your Organization, such as the organization’s name, mailing address, and general contact information.

Video Walkthrough


How do I add members to my Organization?

Once you have created your organization you can add additional members to assist with applications and account maintenance.

  1. Go to https://azarts.smapply.io/
  2. Login as an organization administrator
  3. Click “Manage Organization” in the top right corner
  4. Click “Members”
  5. Click the “Add Member” button
  6. Enter the First Name, Last Name, and Email Address of the member
  7. Select whether the member will have Administrative or Non-Administrative Access
  8. Click the box to “Notify member by email” (This is useful if the user does not already have an account in the system as they will receive an invitation email and be able to create a password to log in.)
  9. Click “Add”

For instructions on adding members in bulk, click here.

How do I update my Organization’s Profile?

  1. Go to https://azarts.smapply.io/
  2. Login as an organization administrator
  3. Click on “Manage Organization” in the top right corner
  4. Click “Profile”
  5. Update your profile information
  6. Click “Save”

Additional Guides

SurveyMonkey Apply provides a comprehensive FAQ for applicants; in addition to the “how tos” above you can find more information and resources on accounts, completing an application, and managing your organization at https://help.smapply.io/hc/en-us/articles/360032514674-General-Account-FAQ.

Deadline: Youth Arts Engagement Grant
Apr 4 @ 11:59 pm – 11:59 pm

Youth Arts Engagement Grants support arts learning projects for young people that occur outside of traditional school hours.

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.

Award Amount

Organizations can request $2,500 to $5,000.

There is no cash match required for this grant opportunity.

Eligible applicants for Youth Arts Engagement Grants include:

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

See FAQ #1 in the FAQ section below for more information on eligible organizations.

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

Application Limits

An organization may submit only one application 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 #8 below 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 fiscal year (July 1, 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.

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. All audio files must be uploaded as MP3 files (.mp3).

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. A Word document version of the narrative questions can be downloaded here.

Create or Update the SurveyMonkey Apply Account for Your Organization

You will submit your application through an online submission platform called SurveyMonkey Apply. Prior to applying, all new applicants will need to register their organization at https://azarts.smapply.io/.

If your organization already has an account, we encourage you to confirm that all information is up to date and add/remove any team members as needed.

For instructions on how to create or update your account, visit our applicant resources page: https://azarts.gov/grants/applicant-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.

APPLY NOW

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 will the work you propose reflect or respond to this community of learners? How does the community of learners have a voice and agency 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 arts 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, 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 $2,500 to $5,000.

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 page 8 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.

Your organization’s application materials will be reviewed by an independent panel according to the following criteria. Please note: need is not a criterion. Application merit is based upon strength of response in relation to the review criteria.

Quality of Proposed Project

Application demonstrates a strong arts learning project.

What panelists will be thinking about: Does the application clearly outline the important details of the arts learning 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 application articulate how the proposed project reflects or responds to the community of learners involved? Does the community of learners have a voice and agency 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 specialists 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 on page 9 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 2024, 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 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.

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.

A recordings of this session will be posted here the following business day.

Friday, March 8, 2024
10:00 am – 11:00 am

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

How do I register on behalf of an organization?

  1. Go to https://azarts.smapply.io/
  2. Click the “Register” button at the upper-right corner of the window. (If you are using a mobile device, tap the “Sign Up” button.)
  3. Choose the option to “Register as an Organization”
  4. Enter your name, email address, and a password. (The person who registers the organization in SMApply becomes the organization’s first “member” and the administrator of the organization’s account. Additional members may be added later and/or made an account administrator.)
  5. Click/tap the “Create Account” button
  6. Enter the requested information about your Organization, such as the organization’s name, mailing address, and general contact information.

Video Walkthrough


How do I add members to my Organization?

Once you have created your organization you can add additional members to assist with applications and account maintenance.

  1. Go to https://azarts.smapply.io/
  2. Login as an organization administrator
  3. Click “Manage Organization” in the top right corner
  4. Click “Members”
  5. Click the “Add Member” button
  6. Enter the First Name, Last Name, and Email Address of the member
  7. Select whether the member will have Administrative or Non-Administrative Access
  8. Click the box to “Notify member by email” (This is useful if the user does not already have an account in the system as they will receive an invitation email and be able to create a password to log in.)
  9. Click “Add”

For instructions on adding members in bulk, click here.

How do I update my Organization’s Profile?

  1. Go to https://azarts.smapply.io/
  2. Login as an organization administrator
  3. Click on “Manage Organization” in the top right corner
  4. Click “Profile”
  5. Update your profile information
  6. Click “Save”

Additional Guides

SurveyMonkey Apply provides a comprehensive FAQ for applicants; in addition to the “how tos” above you can find more information and resources on accounts, completing an application, and managing your organization at https://help.smapply.io/hc/en-us/articles/360032514674-General-Account-FAQ.

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

Creative Capacity Grants (CCGs) provide general operating support to nonprofit organizations whose primary mission is to produce, present, teach, or serve the arts.


Which Creative Capacity Grant Guidelines are for you?


Who is it for?

Organizations that may apply for Creative Capacity Grants, Levels 1-5

  • are based in Arizona,
  • are incorporated as a nonprofit organization* with tax-exempt status, or are a unit of municipal or tribal government,
  • have a primary mission to produce, present, teach, or serve the arts,
  • have a minimum annual budget of $4,000 and a maximum of $399,999, and
  • will incur eligible expenses during the funding period (July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025).

*Unincorporated organizations that are otherwise eligible and whose annual budget is below $200,000 may apply through a nonprofit fiscal sponsor.


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Organizations that may apply for Creative Capacity Grants at levels 6 – 8

  • are based in Arizona,
  • are incorporated as a nonprofit organization with tax-exempt status, or are a unit of municipal or tribal government,
  • have a primary mission to produce, present, teach, or serve the arts,
  • employ a full-time executive, managing, music, or artistic director,
  • have a minimum annual budget of $400,000, and
  • will incur eligible expenses during the funding period (July 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025).

Multidisciplinary and Multipurpose Organizations

Multidisciplinary or multipurpose organizations are eligible to apply if they meet the above requirements and can demonstrate that over 51% of their public programming and budget is devoted to the arts. Multidisciplinary or multipurpose organizations should contact Arts Commission staff to discuss eligibility before applying.

Application Limits

Across grant programs, the Arizona Commission on the Arts limits the number of applications an organization may submit to one application per funding period. Organizations applying for a CCG in Fiscal Year 2025 may not apply for any other Arts Commission grants (e.g., Festival Grants, Youth Arts Engagement Grants, etc.).

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

Salaries and Personnel Expenses

Creative workers (e.g., artists, tradition bearers, designers, educators, curators, program administrators, service providers, etc.), 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, marketing and promotion

Organizations apply for CCGs at one of eight grant levels. An organization’s grant level is determined by the adjusted annual revenue for their most recently completed fiscal year (for example, Fiscal Year 2023). For the purposes of this program, Adjusted annual revenue is defined as the organization’s total annual revenue minus the monetary value of any in-kind support.

Award ranges are determined based on the agency’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year, the Arts Commission’s funding priorities, and an organization’s panel review ranking (low, medium, or high).

As the agency’s budget is not known until well after grant guidelines are published, the amounts below are only projections of what may potentially be possible.

Award projections for FY2025 are as follows:

Adjusted Annual Revenue

Award Projections
(Based on Panel Review Ranking)

Low

Medium

High

Level 1

$4,000 – $19,999

$200

$300

$400

Level 2

$20,000 – $49,999

$400

$590

$790

Level 3

$50,000 – $99,999

$790

$980

$1,180

Level 4

$100,000 – $199,999

$1,180

$1,450

$1,750

Level 5

$200,000 – $399,999

$1,750

$2,150

$2,550

Level 6

$400,000 – $999,999

$2,500

$3,000

$3,500

Level 7

$1,000,000 – $4,999,999

$3,000

$4,000

$5,000

Level 8

$5,000,000 and above

$4,000

$5,000

$6,000

How Reliable are Award Projections?

In 2012, the Arizona Commission on the Arts was removed from the State’s General Fund as an ongoing budget line-item. Since that time, the agency’s annual grantmaking budget has been especially volatile, dependent on one-time legislative appropriations, which have ranged from $0 – $5 million. The agency’s grantmaking capacity for Fiscal Year 2025 will not be known until the State’s budget is passed by the Legislature and signed into law by the Governor. This typically happens in late spring.

The award ranges listed above are based on a potential grantmaking budget of $0.5 million. Depending on what happens in the Legislature, actual award amounts may be significantly different. Applicants are strongly encouraged to budget conservatively.

For more info on Arts Commission funding, visit https://azarts.gov/about-us/who-we-are/budget/.

Multi-year Funding

The CCG program operates on a multi-year funding cycle. Organizations submit a full application once every three years, according to the schedule below. In their two “alternate” years, grantees submit only a brief status update and Funder Report and are not subject to panel review.

In consideration of the limited funding projected for FY2025, all applicants who received CCG funding in FY2024 will be placed in alternate year status for FY2025. In lieu of a full application, alternate year applicants submit only a brief status update and Funder Report and are not subject to panel review.

(Applicants who did not receive CCG funding in FY2024 are still required to submit a full application and undergo panel review.)

This is an adjustment to the previously established multi-year funding cycle, which would have required full applications from Level 4 & 5 organizations.

Grant Level
FY2025 FY2026 FY2027
Level 1, 2, & 3 Alt. Year Application Alt. Year Application Full Application
Level 4 & 5 Alt. Year Application Full Application Alt. Year Application
Level 6, 7, & 8 Alt. Year Application Alt. Year Application Alt. Year Application

For FY2025 funding, Organizations will submit a full or alternate year application according to the table below:

Full Application

  • Organizations that did not apply for a CCG in FY2024
  • Organizations that were not awarded a CCG in FY2024

Alternate Year Application

  • Organizations that were awarded a CCG in FY2024

Changing Grant Level
Organizations that are scheduled to submit an Alternate Year application and would like to be considered at a higher grant level than indicated by their previous application are required to submit a full application and undergo panel review. Please note that alternate year organizations automatically maintain their previous fiscal year panel review ranking, but the corresponding award amount may change if the financial data in their forthcoming Fiscal Year 2025 application indicates a lower annual budget than previously recorded. If you have questions or concerns about determining your forthcoming grant level, please contact Hanna Spence-Schehr at [email protected].

Grantee Requirements

Match CCG Award

Grantees must be able to match their CCG award with cash, dollar for dollar, by the end of the funding period (June 30, 2025). Matching funds may be earned (e.g., ticket sales, participation fees, etc.) or contributed (e.g., private donations, other grants, etc.).

Submit a Final Report

To remain eligible for future grants, grantees must submit a final report to the Arts Commission at the conclusion of the funding period.

Awards are paid out over the course of the Arts Commission’s fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) on a predetermined schedule. Typically, payments begin with Level 1 grantees in the second quarter of the agency’s fiscal year (October – December) and end with Level 8 grantees receiving payment in the fourth quarter (April – June).

Levels 1-5

We encourage applicants 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 Hanna Spence-Schehr at [email protected].

Create or Update the SurveyMonkey Apply Account for Your Organization

You will submit your application through an online submission platform called SurveyMonkey Apply. Prior to applying, all new applicants will need to register their organization at https://azarts.smapply.io/.

If your organization already has an account, we encourage you to confirm that all information is up to date and add/remove any team members as needed.

For instructions on how to create or update your account, visit our applicant resources page: https://azarts.gov/grants/applicant-resources/.

Create or Update SMU DataArts Profile

DataArts’ Cultural Data Profile (CDP) is a free and secure online survey that collects financial and programmatic data from nonprofit arts, culture, and humanities organizations. Organizations can then produce a variety of reports based on this data, including the DataArts Funder Report submitted with the CCG application.

Log-in or register at https://da.culturaldata.org/.

If you are new to using DataArts, you can find a video tutorial for getting started at https://culturaldata.org/what-we-do/for-arts-cultural-organizations/the-cultural-data-profile/. For additional assistance, contact the DataArts Support Center: https://culturaldata.org/contact/.

Obtain a Fiscal Sponsor Letter of Agreement (if applicable)

Unincorporated organizations applying with a fiscal sponsor will need to upload a Fiscal Sponsor Letter of Agreement. This official letter, signed by authorizing officials from both the applicant organization and the fiscal sponsor, must state that the fiscal sponsor agrees to receive grant funds on behalf of the applicant, deliver them to the applicant, and maintain appropriate financial records. Additionally, the applicant should be prepared to provide a fiscal sponsor contact and indicate the fiscal sponsor’s administrative fee. (The fiscal sponsor’s administrative fee is the percentage of any potential grant funding that would be retained by the fiscal sponsor to cover administrative costs associated with their sponsorship.)

If you are unable to obtain a Letter of Agreement before the application deadline, please contact Hanna Spence-Schehr at [email protected].

Prepare Narrative Responses

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. Download a Word document version of the narrative questions.

When you’re ready, click on 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.

APPLY NOW

Organization Overview

Information collected in this section of the application is used for internal and reporting purposes only. You will be required to upload an IRS determination letter in the “Organization Type” section. (Units of government are exempt from this requirement.)

  • Organization Name and DBA (if applicable)
  • Organization mailing address
  • County: In which Arizona county is your organization based?
  • Federal Congressional District: In which federal congressional district is your organization located? To look up your congressional district by address visit: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative
  • State Legislative District: Which state legislative district is your organization located in? To look up your legislative district by address visit: https://azredistricting.org/districtlocator
  • Secondary contact info (the primary contact will be the person submitting the application)
  • ADA Coordinator contact info
  • Year established
  • Primary Disciplinary Category: Applicants can select the discipline that best applies from dropdown menu options.
  • Is this your organization’s first time applying for any grant through the Arizona Commission on the Arts?
  • Organization type (choose from nonprofit, unit of government, or applying with a fiscal sponsor)
  • Upload: Federal Tax Exemption Letter* if a nonprofit 501(c)3 or a Fiscal Sponsor Letter of Agreement, if applicable

*This is the IRS determination letter granting nonprofit 501(c)3 status, not the letter assigning a Federal Tax ID Number

Narrative Questions

Narrative questions will be reviewed by the review panelists.

  • Provide your organization’s mission statement. (150 word max)

Your responses to the following will be reviewed by the panelists:

  1. Describe your organization’s programs or services in relationship to its mission. (300 words max)
    The values expressed in a mission statement speak to an organization’s unique vision, purpose, and goals. Consider how these values are reflected in specific programs, services, events, workshops, community activities, or internal practices.
  2. Describe what goes into the development of your programming. (300 words max)
    Consider how your organization approaches decision-making, determines program goals, and engages with creative workers (i.e., artists, tradition bearers, designers, educators, curators, program or service administrators, and other creative contributors).
  3. Describe your organization’s administrative structure. (250 words max)
    For example, what does your organizational chart look like? How are administrative and programmatic tasks managed? What kind of leadership model does your organization have

Questions 4 & 5 request information regarding your executive leadership. For the purposes of this grant, executive leadership are the people on your staff who have the most deciding power. Examples include executive director, CEO, president, artistic director, directors of larger departments, etc.

  1. How many people serve the organization in an executive leadership capacity?
  2. Please describe the composition or makeup of your organization’s executive leadership:

Questions 6 & 7 request information regarding your governing board. This should be board members who are part of the governance structure of the organization and have a role in voting. This includes those who only vote if there is a tie. If you are a 501(c)3, this would be the board members who are indicated on your 990 filing with the IRS each year.

  1. How many people serve the organization on the governing board?
  2. Please describe the composition or makeup of your organization’s governing board:
  3. How many governing board members overlap with your organization’s executive leadership?

Responses to questions 5 and 7 can include any of the following categories that may apply:

  • Age Group (youth, adult, senior)
  • Artists,
  • Disabilities (physical, neural, cognitive)
  • Gender
  • Geography (rural, metro)
  • Heritage
  • Income Status
  • Health Status
  • Military Status
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation

Depending on their mission, organizations engage their communities in very different ways. Some are established to engage individuals that share a particular demographic, social, or cultural commonality (e.g., a youth theater, gay men’s chorus, or a rural Latinx art gallery). Others take a broad approach, designing their programs/services to engage a more general community of participants, (e.g., a community arts center). Question 9 asks you to identify your organization’s primary approach and answer questions specific to your choice.

  1. Choose the statement below that best describes your organization:
  • Our organization takes a broad approach, serving a general, non-specific population.
  • Our organization centers a specific community or intersection of cultural communities.

If you chose broad approach, answer the sub-questions below:

  1. How does your organization ensure an accessible and inclusive environment for participants of varying ages, cultural backgrounds, abilities, etc.? (350 words max)
    Consider how your organizational structure, programming, professional engagement of creative workers, community interaction, etc. reflect or respond to diverse populations.
  2. How does your organization use public input and feedback from the communities it serves. (300 words max)

If you chose specific community, answer the sub-questions below:

  1. In what ways do your organization’s operations, programs, and/or services reflect or respond to the specific community or intersection of communities you engage? (350 words max)
    Operational aspects could include programming, leadership, organizational culture, staffing, professional engagement of creative workers, community interaction, etc.
  2. How does your organization engage the indicated community or intersection of communities in the development, implementation, and evaluation of your operations, programs, and/or services? (300 words max)

Please provide the following information for each indicated community:

  1. What percentage of your executive leadership identifies as ___?
  2. What percentage of your governing board identifies as ___?

Your responses to the sub-questions to the left will be specific to the communities your organization’s mission and programming specifically focus on.

You will select all that apply from the list below:

  • Age Group
  • Disabilities
  • Geography
  • Gender
  • Health Status
  • Heritage
  • Income Status
  • Military Status
  • Race & Ethnicity (Choose from Black, Latine, Middle Eastern/North African, Native American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, White/European, Not Listed)
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation Asian

  1. What are some of the expected benefits for those who participate in your organization’s programming and how do you gauge your success in delivering these benefits? (350 words max)
    Every organization approaches the feedback from, the documenting of, and the learning outcomes of its specific programming or activities differently; consider what approaches or methods your organization uses to better understand the effects that its work has on participants.
  2. How does your organization adapt programming, communications, or services to ensure that programming, facilities, virtual platforms, and activities support the participation of and access for people of all abilities? (300 words max)
    Consider any efforts currently being employed or plans in place to ensure that all organizational programming, facilities, virtual platforms, and activities support the participation of and access for people of all abilities beyond required ADA compliance.
  3. Describe the various resources your organization relies on to do its work and how they are allocated for maximum impact in pursuit of your mission and in service to your community? (300 words max)
    Consider your resources broadly. An organization’s resources may include funding, in-kind or volunteer contributions, administrative and artistic labor, partnerships, and more.
  4. What are your organization’s long-term goals for growth or improvement and how do you track your progress toward these goals? (300 words max)
    An organization’s long-term goals may relate to audience numbers, fiscal stability, accessibility practices, community engagement, specific programming/services, funder support, internal capacity-building, etc.

Financial Documentation

This DataArts Funder Report and Funder Report Narrative will be reviewed by the panel and evaluated as part of the Fiscal Practices & Viability criterion.

If applying with a fiscal sponsor, all fiscal year and financial information reported in this section should be for the applicant organization, not for the fiscal sponsor.

For this section, applicants will need to enter relevant financial and participation data for the required fiscal years into the DataArts platform and then generate a Funder Report, selecting the most recent fiscal year as the reporting year. (See FAQ for more info.)

Fiscal Year and Adjusted Annual Revenue

  • Start and end date (month and year) of your organization’s most recently concluded fiscal year (ex., July 2022 – June 2023).
  • Fiscal Year Adjusted Annual Revenue
    This is the figure labeled “Total Revenue Unrestricted Less In-kind Unrestricted” found at the top of the first page of your DataArts Funder report.

DataArts Funder Report

Upload an SMU DataArts Funder Report for your organization’s two most recently concluded fiscal years (for example, fiscal years 2022 and 2023).

Funder Report Narrative

This is your opportunity to bring your Funder Report to life, as if you were explaining aspects of it to the review panel.* (300 words maximum)

* The Funder Report examined by the review panel will not display any of the notes you left for yourself during the data entry process within DataArts.

Your organization’s application materials will be reviewed by an independent panel according to the following criteria. Please note: need is not a criterion. Application merit is based upon strength of response in relation to the review criteria.

Creative Capacity

Application demonstrates a strong understanding of the organization’s capacity to realize its mission and describes effective strategies for achieving current and long-term goals.

What panelists will be thinking about: Is the scope of the organization’s work in alignment with its mission and its capacity to deliver intended benefits? Does the application articulate a clear process for developing and implementing programming consistent with the organization’s mission and values?

Quality of Programs & Services

Application demonstrates creative and responsive programming, strong evaluation methods, and mission-aligned engagement practices.

What panelists will be thinking about: Does the application describe mission-aligned programming and engagement practices? Does the organization demonstrate robust and authentic engagement with Arizona’s creative workers and other key stakeholders in their programming and services? How does the organization engage the community(ies) it serves in the development and evaluation of its programs?

Integrity & Public Benefit

Viewed as a whole, the application demonstrates alignment between the organization’s mission, operational practices, goals, programming, and a strong understanding of the community(ies) served.

What panelists will be thinking about: Are the organization’s mission and values evident in their programming and operations? How does the organization’s programming reflect or respond to the community(ies) served? Does the organization demonstrate an ability to make its programming or services accessible?

Fiscal Practices & Viability

Viewed as a whole, the application describes sound fiscal practices and demonstrates alignment between these practices and the organization’s mission, values, and strategic goals.

What panelists will be thinking about: Are the organization’s practices around the administration and use of resources aligned with their mission and values? How do the organization’s practices around the administration and use of resources ensure their work remains viable and their goals achievable?

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 individuals from communities throughout the state who work in or adjacent to the arts. 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.

Grant funds can only be used for the allowable expenses outlined in the guidelines. Additionally, this program does not fund the following:

  • Applicants that received Arts Commission funding in Fiscal Year 2024, but failed to file a final report by Monday, September 16, 2024.
  • Organizations not dedicated to producing, presenting, teaching, or serving the arts as their primary mission (the arts must comprise over 51% of public programming and budget to be eligible)
  • Any division of local, state, tribal or federal government except arts and cultural organizations from Tribal Nations and Local Arts Agencies (including arts councils and arts commissions)
  • Applications submitted by for-profit organizations
  • Schools, including public, private, and charter
  • Botanical gardens, parks, zoos or science centers
  • Auxiliary/affiliate organizations
  • Religious institutions or religious group-sponsored organizations not open to participation by non- congregants
  • Religious institutions or religious group-sponsored organizations whose primary purpose is the religious socialization of individuals or whose arts programming exists as parts of religious sermons or services
  • Debt reduction
  • Regranting, unless permission is received
  • 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
  • Lobbying expenses
  • Expenses related to the construction of facilities
  • Food and beverage for receptions and hospitality functions
  • Fundraising projects
  • Scholarships and awards
  • Equipment or capital expenditures (basic computer devices and other such items that cost less than $5,000 are considered supplies and are eligible expenses)
  • Indirect costs

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 dese- crating, 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.

Levels 6-8

We encourage applicants 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 Hanna Spence-Schehr at [email protected].

Create or Update the SurveyMonkey Apply Account for Your Organization

You will submit your application through an online submission platform called SurveyMonkey Apply. Prior to applying, all new applicants will need to register their organization at https://azarts.smapply.io/.

If your organization already has an account, we encourage you to confirm that all information is up to date and add/remove any team members as needed.

For instructions on how to create or update your account, visit our applicant resources page: https://azarts.gov/grants/applicant-resources/.

Create or Update SMU DataArts Profile

DataArts’ Cultural Data Profile (CDP) is a free and secure online survey that collects financial and programmatic data from nonprofit arts, culture, and humanities organizations. Organizations can then produce a variety of reports based on this data, including the DataArts Funder Report submitted with the CCG application.

Log-in or register at https://da.culturaldata.org/.

If you are new to using DataArts, you can find a video tutorial for getting started at https://culturaldata.org/what-we-do/for-arts-cultural-organizations/the-cultural-data-profile/. For additional assistance, contact the DataArts Support Center: https://culturaldata.org/contact/.

Prepare Narrative Responses

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. Download a Word document version of the narrative questions.

When you’re ready, click on 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.

APPLY NOW

Organization Overview

Information collected in this section of the application is used for internal and reporting purposes only. You will be required to upload an IRS determination letter in the “Organization Type” section. (Units of government are exempt from this requirement.)

  • Organization Name and DBA (if applicable)
  • Organization mailing address
  • County: In which Arizona county is your organization based?
  • Federal Congressional District: In which federal congressional district is your organization located? To look up your congressional district by address visit: https://www.house.gov/representatives/find-your-representative
  • State Legislative District: Which state legislative district is your organization located in? To look up your legislative district by address visit: https://azredistricting.org/districtlocator
  • Secondary contact info (the primary contact will be the person submitting the application)
  • ADA Coordinator contact info
  • Year established
  • Primary Disciplinary Category: Applicants can select the discipline that best applies from dropdown menu options.
  • Is this your organization’s first time applying for any grant through the Arizona Commission on the Arts?
  • Organization type (choose from nonprofit or unit of government)
  • Upload: Federal Tax Exemption Letter* if a nonprofit 501(c)3

*This is the IRS determination letter granting nonprofit 501(c)3 status, not the letter assigning a Federal Tax ID Number

Narrative Questions

Narrative questions will be reviewed by the review panelists.

  • Provide your organization’s mission statement. (150 word max)

Your responses to the following will be reviewed by the panelists:

  1. Describe your organization’s programs or services in relationship to its mission. (300 words max)
    The values expressed in a mission statement speak to an organization’s unique vision, purpose, and goals. Consider how these values are reflected in specific programs, services, events, workshops, community activities, or internal practices.
  2. Describe what goes into the development of your programming. (300 words max)
    Consider how your organization approaches decision-making, determines program goals, and engages with creative workers (i.e., artists, tradition bearers, designers, educators, curators, program or service administrators, and other creative contributors)
  3. Describe your organization’s administrative structure. (250 words max)
    For example, what does your organizational chart look like? How are administrative and programmatic tasks managed? What kind of leadership model does your organization have?

Questions 4 & 5 request information regarding your executive leadership. For the purposes of this grant, executive leadership are the people on your staff who have the most deciding power. Examples include executive director, CEO, president, artistic director, directors of larger departments, etc.

  1. How many people serve the organization in an executive leadership capacity?
  2. Please describe the composition or makeup of your organization’s executive leadership:

Questions 6 & 7 request information regarding your governing board. This should be board members who are part of the governance structure of the organization and have a role in voting. This includes those who only vote if there is a tie. If you are a 501(c)3, this would be the board members who are indicated on your 990 filing with the IRS each year.

  1. How many people serve the organization on the governing board?
  2. Please describe the composition or makeup of your organization’s governing board:
  3. How many governing board members overlap with your organization’s executive leadership?
  4. How does your organization explore meaningful collaborations with different stakeholders to better achieve its mission? (250 words max)
    Consider any partnerships, interactions, and/or outreach strategies that advance (or are advanced by) your programs and services.

Responses to questions 5 and 7 can include any of the following categories that may apply:

  • Age Group (youth, adult, senior)
  • Artists,
  • Disabilities (physical, neural, cognitive)
  • Gender
  • Geography (rural, metro)
  • Heritage
  • Income Status
  • Health Status
  • Military Status
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation

Depending on their mission, organizations engage their communities in very different ways. Some are established to engage individuals that share a particular demographic, social, or cultural commonality (e.g., a youth theater, gay men’s chorus, or a rural Latinx art gallery). Others take a broad approach, designing their programs/services to engage a more general community of participants, (e.g., a community arts center). Question 9 asks you to identify your organization’s primary approach and answer questions specific to your choice.

  1. Choose the statement below that best describes your organization:
  • Our organization takes a broad approach, serving a general, non-specific population.
  • Our organization centers a specific community or intersection of cultural communities.

If you chose broad approach, answer the sub-questions below:

  1. How does your organization ensure an accessible and inclusive environment for participants of varying ages, cultural backgrounds, abilities, etc.? (350 words max)
    Consider how your organizational structure, programming, professional engagement of creative workers, community interaction, etc. reflect or respond to diverse populations.
  2. How does your organization use public input and feedback from the communities it serves. (300 words max)

If you chose specific community, answer the sub-questions below:

  1. In what ways do your organization’s operations, programs, and/or services reflect or respond to the specific community or intersection of communities you engage? (350 words max)
    Operational aspects could include programming, leadership, organizational culture, staffing, professional engagement of creative workers, community interaction, etc.
  2. How does your organization engage the indicated community or intersection of communities in the development, implementation, and evaluation of your operations, programs, and/or services? (300 words max)

Please provide the following information for each indicated community:

  1. What percentage of your executive leadership identifies as ___?
  2. What percentage of your governing board identifies as ___?

Your responses to the sub-questions to the left will be specific to the communities your organization’s mission and programming specifically focus on.

You will select all that apply from the list below:

  • Age Group
  • Disabilities
  • Geography
  • Gender
  • Health Status
  • Heritage
  • Income Status
  • Military Status
  • Race & Ethnicity (Choose from Black, Latine, Middle Eastern/North African, Native American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, White/European, Not Listed)
  • Religion
  • Sexual Orientation Asian

  1. What are some of the expected benefits for those who participate in your organization’s programming and how do you gauge your success in delivering these benefits? (350 words max)
    Every organization approaches the feedback from, the documenting of, and the learning outcomes of its specific programming or activities differently; consider what approaches or methods your organization uses to better understand the effects that its work has on participants.
  2. How does your organization adapt programming, communications, or services to ensure that programming, facilities, virtual platforms, and activities support the participation of and access for people of all abilities? (300 words max)
    Consider any efforts currently being employed to ensure that all organizational programming, facilities, virtual platforms, and activities support the participation of and access for people of all abilities beyond required ADA compliance.
  3. What are your organization’s current budget priorities? How do you manage and allocate fiscal resources in alignment with these priorities and track that they are being met? (300 words max)
    Consider how your internal fiscal practices reflect your immediate priorities, values and short-term
    goals.
  4. What are your organization’s long-term goals for growth or improvement and how do you track your progress toward these goals? (300 words max)
    An organization’s long-term goals may relate to audience numbers, fiscal stability, accessibility practices, community engagement, specific programming/services, funder support, internal capacity-building, etc.

Financial Documentation

This DataArts Funder Report and Funder Report Narrative will be reviewed by the panel and evaluated as part of the Fiscal Practices & Viability criterion.

For this section, applicants will need to enter relevant financial and participation data for the required fiscal years into the DataArts platform and then generate a Funder Report, selecting the most recent fiscal year as the reporting year. (See FAQ for more info.)

Fiscal Year and Adjusted Annual Revenue

  • Start and end date (month and year) of your organization’s most recently concluded fiscal year (ex., July 2022 – June 2023).
  • Fiscal Year Adjusted Annual Revenue
    This is the figure labeled “Total Revenue Unrestricted Less In-kind Unrestricted” found at the top of the first page of your DataArts Funder report.

DataArts Funder Report

Upload an SMU DataArts Funder Report for your organization’s two most recently concluded fiscal years (for example, fiscal years 2022 and 2023).

Funder Report Narrative

This is your opportunity to bring your Funder Report to life, as if you were explaining aspects of it to the review panel.* (300 words maximum)

* The Funder Report examined by the review panel will not display any of the notes you left for yourself during the data entry process within DataArts.

Your organization’s application materials will be reviewed by an independent panel according to the following criteria. Please note: need is not a criterion. Application merit is based upon strength of response in relation to the review criteria.

Creative Capacity

Application demonstrates a strong understanding of the organization’s capacity to realize its mission and describes effective strategies for achieving current and long-term goals.

What panelists will be thinking about: Is the scope of the organization’s work in alignment with its mission and its capacity to deliver intended benefits? Does the application articulate a clear process for developing and implementing programming consistent with the organization’s mission and values?

Quality of Programs & Services

Application demonstrates creative and responsive programming, strong evaluation methods, and mission-aligned engagement practices.

What panelists will be thinking about: Does the application describe mission-aligned programming and engagement practices? Does the organization demonstrate robust and authentic engagement with Arizona’s creative workers and other key stakeholders in their programming and services? How does the organization engage the community(ies) it serves in the development and evaluation of its programs?

Integrity & Public Benefit

Viewed as a whole, the application demonstrates alignment between the organization’s mission, operational practices, goals, programming, and a strong understanding of the community(ies) served.

What panelists will be thinking about: Are the organization’s mission and values evident in their programming and operations? How does the organization’s programming reflect or respond to the community(ies) served? Does the organization demonstrate an ability to make its programming or services accessible?

Fiscal Practices & Viability

Viewed as a whole, the application describes sound fiscal practices and demonstrates alignment between these practices and the organization’s mission, values, and strategic goals.

What panelists will be thinking about: Are the organization’s practices around the administration and use of resources aligned with their mission and values? How do the organization’s practices around the administration and use of resources ensure their work remains viable and their goals achievable?

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 individuals from communities throughout the state who work in or adjacent to the arts. 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.

Grant funds can only be used for the allowable expenses outlined in the guidelines. Additionally, this program does not fund the following:

  • Applicants that received Arts Commission funding in fiscal year 2024, but failed to file a final report by Monday, September 16, 2024.
  • Organizations not dedicated to producing, presenting, teaching, or serving the arts as their primary mission (the arts must comprise over 51% of public programming and budget to be eligible)
  • Any division of local, state, tribal or federal government except arts and cultural organizations from Tribal Nations and Local Arts Agencies (including arts councils and arts commissions)
  • Applications submitted by for-profit organizations
  • Schools, including public, private, and charter
  • Botanical gardens, parks, zoos or science centers
  • Auxiliary/affiliate organizations
  • Religious institutions or religious group-sponsored organizations not open to participation by non- congregants
  • Religious institutions or religious group-sponsored organizations whose primary purpose is the religious socialization of individuals or whose arts programming exists as parts of religious sermons or services
  • Debt reduction
  • Regranting, unless permission is received
  • 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
  • Lobbying expenses
  • Expenses related to the construction of facilities
  • Food and beverage for receptions and hospitality functions
  • Fundraising projects
  • Scholarships and awards
  • Equipment or capital expenditures (basic computer devices and other such items that cost less than $5,000 are considered supplies and are eligible expenses)
  • Indirect costs

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 dese- crating, 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. My organization is eligible for other Arts Commission grants. Can I apply to those too?
    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 Capacity Grant program in FY2025 may not apply for a Festival Grant or a Youth Arts Engagement Grant that same year.
  2. How do I generate a DataArts Funder Report?
    In order to generate a DataArts Funder Report, organizations enter financial and programmatic data into the Cultural Data Profile (CDP), a free and secure online survey. In an effort to make data entry easier for arts and cultural organizations, the CDP was significantly streamlined in December 2020. You can find resources on preparing your data for entry at https://culturaldata.org/what-we-do/for-arts-cultural-organizations/the-cultural-data-profile/. And you can find an overview of how to run or produce a Funder Report at https://culturaldata.secure.force.com/Resources/articles/Article/How-do-I-run-a-Funder-Report/.
  3. Does this grant fund or focus on new projects or new work?
    No. The production or generation of new projects is not a requirement of the CCG program. CCG provides unrestricted general operating support, meaning that organizations may use CCG funds for many different types of operating expenses. However, there are some expenses which cannot be funded with public dollars; please be sure to check the funding restrictions list before determining how you will apply the grant funds.

For additional applicant resources please visit https://azarts.gov/grants/applicant-resources/

Applicant Resources

Applicant Info Sessions

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.

Thursday, February 22, 2024
10:00 am – 11:00 am

POSTPONED

New date to be announced.

Thursday, March 14, 2024
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

REGISTER

Virtual Office Hours

Have questions about your CCG application? Jump onto an open zoom call with Organizational Program Coordinator, Hanna Spence-Schehr.

Friday, March 1, 2024
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

JOIN

Monday, March 25, 2024
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

JOIN

How do I register on behalf of an organization?

  1. Go to https://azarts.smapply.io/
  2. Click the “Register” button at the upper-right corner of the window. (If you are using a mobile device, tap the “Sign Up” button.)
  3. Choose the option to “Register as an Organization”
  4. Enter your name, email address, and a password. (The person who registers the organization in SMApply becomes the organization’s first “member” and the administrator of the organization’s account. Additional members may be added later and/or made an account administrator.)
  5. Click/tap the “Create Account” button
  6. Enter the requested information about your Organization, such as the organization’s name, mailing address, and general contact information.

Video Walkthrough


How do I add members to my Organization?

Once you have created your organization you can add additional members to assist with applications and account maintenance.

  1. Go to https://azarts.smapply.io/
  2. Login as an organization administrator
  3. Click “Manage Organization” in the top right corner
  4. Click “Members”
  5. Click the “Add Member” button
  6. Enter the First Name, Last Name, and Email Address of the member
  7. Select whether the member will have Administrative or Non-Administrative Access
  8. Click the box to “Notify member by email” (This is useful if the user does not already have an account in the system as they will receive an invitation email and be able to create a password to log in.)
  9. Click “Add”

For instructions on adding members in bulk, click here.

How do I update my Organization’s Profile?

  1. Go to https://azarts.smapply.io/
  2. Login as an organization administrator
  3. Click on “Manage Organization” in the top right corner
  4. Click “Profile”
  5. Update your profile information
  6. Click “Save”

Additional Guides

SurveyMonkey Apply provides a comprehensive FAQ for applicants; in addition to the “how tos” above you can find more information and resources on accounts, completing an application, and managing your organization at https://help.smapply.io/hc/en-us/articles/360032514674-General-Account-FAQ.