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Community Investment Grant (CIG)

Grants to Arizona Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribal
Organizations for Arts and Culture Programming

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Arizona Commission on the Arts

LOI Date:

03/01/18

Deadline Date:

03/15/18 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants to Arizona arts nonprofits, local arts agencies, and tribal cultural organizations to serve, present, produce, and teach the arts. Organizations that have not received funding in the last two years must submit a Notification of Intent to Apply by March 1, 2018. Multidisciplinary or multipurpose organizations are also required to contact the Arts Commission to discuss eligibility.

Organizations may use CIG funds for general operating expenses (frequently the most difficult type of grant to obtain) as well as leverage for other public and private funding.

Alternate Year Applications: Organizations that received a Community Investment Grant (CIG) in the last funding cycle will apply as follows for Fiscal Year 2019:
- CIG Levels I, II and III will submit an alternate year application.
- CIG Levels IV, V and VI will submit a full application and undergo panel review.

Community Investment Grant applicants will be reviewed in six levels, based on the organization’s adjusted annual income for the most recent fiscal year. Adjusted annual income is calculated from the organization’s total unrestricted revenue less in-kind contributions.

CIG Level I: Funds awarded in this category provide unrestricted assistance to emerging and small-scale arts organizations. Technical assistance is also available as part of the program to help organizations develop and grow.
Program requirements at the time of application:
- A minimum of 1 successful year of arts related programming.
- Organization may apply with a fiscal sponsor.
- Organization must have a minimum adjusted annual income of $5,000 - $49,999

CIG Level II: Funds awarded in this category provide unrestricted assistance to arts organizations with mid-sized annual operating budgets.
Program requirements at the time of application:
- A minimum of 2 successful years of arts related programming.
- Organization must have a minimum adjusted annual income of $50,000 - $124,999

CIG Level III: Funds awarded in this category provide unrestricted assistance to mid-sized and large arts organizations.
Program requirements at the time of application:
- A minimum of 2 successful years of arts related programming.
- Organization must have a minimum adjusted annual income of $125,000 - $249,999.

CIG Level IV: Funds awarded in this category provide unrestricted assistance to large arts organizations.
Program requirements at the time of application:
- A minimum of 3 successful years of arts related programming.
- Organization must have a minimum adjusted annual income of $250,000 - $549,999.
- Organization must employ a full-time executive, managing, music or artistic director.

CIG Level V: Funds awarded in this category provide unrestricted assistance to large arts organizations.
Program requirements at the time of application:
- A minimum of 3 successful years of arts related programming.
- Organization must have a minimum adjusted annual income of $550,000 - $1,249,999.
- Organization must employ a full-time executive, managing, music or artistic director.

CIG Level VI: Funds awarded in this category provide unrestricted assistance to Arizona’s largest arts organizations.
Program requirements at the time of application:
- A minimum of 3 successful years of arts related programming.
- Organization must have a minimum adjusted annual income of $1,250,000 and above.
- Organization must employ a full-time executive, managing, music or artistic director.
- Organization must employ a full-time education manager, or staff member responsible for those duties, and must submit an Education Plan.

Grant Program Review Criteria:

- Community Investment (25%): Organization engages in longterm investment and relationship-development strategies within communities in an effort to achieve broad, diverse participation.
- Quality Programming/Service (25%): Organization provides quality programming or service in support of its communities.
- Fiscal Ingenuity (25%): Organization develops thoughtful, rational plans for financial sustainability in an effort to pursue overall fiscal health.
- Stewardship of Public Funds (25%): Organization demonstrates sound management practices and supports public accessibility.

Please refer to Community Investment Grant Application Guidelines for Education Plan eligibility criteria.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179032

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award baseline for CIG Level I: $1,000 - $3,000
Award baseline for CIG Level II: $2,000 - $5,000
Award baseline for CIG Level II: $3,000 - $8,000
Award baseline for CIG Level IV: $5,000 - $15,000
Award baseline for CIG Level V: $8,000 - $22,000
Award baseline for CIG Level VI: $15,000 - $60,000

Term of Contract:

The funding period runs from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An applicant must be incorporated as an Arizona nonprofit organization with tax-exempt status or be a unit of government. Eligible organizations include Arizona arts organizations, local arts agencies and tribal cultural organizations.

Multidisciplinary or multipurpose organizations are eligible for Community Investment Grants if they are able to demonstrate that the arts comprise at least 50% of the organization’s public programming.

Unincorporated organizations that are otherwise eligible for the Community Investment Grants Level I program may apply through a registered nonprofit fiscal sponsor.

This program does not fund the following:
- Organizations that received Arts Commission funding in Fiscal Year 2016, but failed to file a final report by Monday, September 11, 2017.
- Organizations not dedicated to producing, presenting, teaching or serving the arts as their primary mission. (The arts must comprise at least 50% of programming to be eligible.)
- Any division of local, state or federal government except Tribal Cultural Organizations or Local Arts Agencies (including arts councils and arts commissions).
- Applications submitted by for-profit organizations.
- Schools, including public, private and charter.
- Auxiliary or 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.
- Re-granting, 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.
- Indirect costs.
- Any costs other than those delineated in the Guide to Grants and relevant Funding Eligibility Scales.

This list is not comprehensive.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Online information sessions will be offered in January and February 2018. Dates and times will be posted on the website in early-January.

In-person information sessions will be offered in January and February 2018. Dates and times will be posted on the website in early-January.

Pre-Application Information:

If an organization has not received Arts Commission funding for the past two fiscal years (FY2017 & FY2018), the organization is required to submit a Notification of Intent to Apply by 11:59pm, Thursday, March 1, 2018. See Community Investment Grant Application Guidelines for more information.

To submit a Notification of Intent to Apply, send an email to Kristen Pierce Kent, Organizational Grants and Services Manager, with the subject line, “FY19 CIG Notification of Intent to Apply.”

Application deadline: 11:59pm, Thursday, March 15, 2018.

All applications must be submitted through Submittable, an online submission platform. If extenuating circumstances prohibit applicants from using Submittable, they are advised to contact the Arts Commission at least one month before the application deadline to make reasonable accommodations for application submission. Late or incomplete applications will be ineligible for review or funding.

Multidisciplinary or multipurpose organizations are required to contact the Arts Commission to discuss eligibility and the manner in which they can best demonstrate their percentage of arts programming relative to their comprehensive public offerings.

CIG awards must be matched with cash (at least 1:1) by the organization.

Alternate Year Applications:

Organizations that received a Community Investment Grant (CIG) in the previous funding cycle will apply as follows for Fiscal Year 2019:
- CIG Levels I, II, and III will submit an alternate year application.
- CIG Levels IV, V, and VI will submit a full application and undergo panel review.

The Arts Commission advises organizations that have experienced a significant change in their adjusted annual income to contact Kristen Pierce Kent, Organizational Grants and Services Manager, as soon as possible.

Organizations applying for Festival Grants may not apply for Community Investment Grants within the same funding period.

Panel meetings are open to the public and applicants are encouraged to attend. In addition, a live audio stream of each meeting will be available for remote listening online. Panel dates and locations will be available on the website in April 2018.

Panel meeting audio stream:
https://azarts.gov/panels/grant-review-panel-meeting/

Resources for grant applicants:
https://azarts.gov/grants/resources-for-grant-applicants/

Resources for grant recipients:
https://azarts.gov/grants/resources/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application:
https://manager.submittable.com/login

Kristen Pierce, Organizational Grants and Services Manager and Accessibility Coordinator
(602) 771-6517
kpierce@azarts.gov

Alex Nelson, Deputy Director
(602) 771-6521
anelson@azarts.gov

Arizona Commission on the Arts
417 West Roosevelt Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85003-1326
Phone: (602) 771-6501
Fax: (602) 256-0282
Email: info@azarts.gov

For questions regarding the Submittable online submission platform:

Submittable Technical Support
Email: support@submittable.com
Phone: (855) 467-8264, ext. 2
Web: help.submittable.com

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona