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Grants to Arizona Nonprofits and
Agencies for Arts and Cultural Events

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Arizona Commission on the Arts

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09/16/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $1,000 and grants of up to $5,000 to Arizona nonprofit organizations, local and tribal governments, and university and college departments for arts and cultural programs and events. Grant funds may be used to support both virtual and in-person events as well as professional development for festival-producing arts organizations.

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

Festivals allow communities to share artistic and cultural traditions which can create vibrant opportunities and experiences for community members and visitors. A festival is often a person’s first experience and point of entry with the arts and can serve as a bridge to new kinds of arts attendance.

Festivals may be multidisciplinary in scope and often feature arts engagement opportunities. Festival activities can include various performing, visual and literary arts, food, and traditional demonstrations, but also may be specific to an artistic discipline.

For the purposes of this grant program, a Festival is defined as an event that is a periodic—often annual—gathering or celebration that happens in a condensed period of time, featuring a varied and curated program of events, having an easily identifiable and unifying theme or specified focus. Eligible festivals must demonstrate a thematic emphasis on arts and culture in their programming. 

Festival activities must last a minimum of one four-hour day and may only span the duration of two consecutive weekends. For this grant program, festival activities can include juried processes, but scholarships, pageants or standalone award ceremonies are ineligible. 

Eligible organizations may apply for funding to support an annual festival in one of three ways:

  1. In-person Festivals: For organizations producing public, in-person festivals. These applicants will be required to describe their COVID compliance plans in the application.
  2. Virtual Festivals: For organizations whose festival activities will happen virtually. “Virtual” here denotes that festival project activities are not available to the public to experience live and in-person and will be made available for public consumption through digital platforms.
  3. Professional Development: For organizations who have an established annual festival but may not be resuming festival activities in the upcoming year. This track supports professional development for festival-producing arts organizations looking to strengthen audience engagement, social media presence, artistic portfolio, community presence, outreach, and/or accessibility. Applicants must identify the specific professional development opportunity that they wish to pursue.

For a list of eligible expenses, see the "Award Amount & Eligible Expenses" tab on the URL for Full Text below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179342

Estimated Size of Grant:

- In-person Festivals: Award Range: $1,000 – $5,000
- Virtual Festivals: Award Range: $1,000 – $5,000
- Professional Development: Award Range: $500 – $1,000

Term of Contract:

Funding Period: July 1, 2021 — June 30, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicant organizations producing such festivals:
- Are based in the State of Arizona
- Have a minimum of 1 year of arts related programming
- Are incorporated with the IRS as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization (or have a formal agreement with a nonprofit fiscal sponsor) OR are a unit of government (local or tribal)
For example, eligible organizations include local arts agencies, tribal cultural organizations, government departments or agencies, university/college departments, and other nonprofit arts, cultural and social service organizations.

This program does not fund the following:
- Entities that received Arts Commission funding in FY2021, but failed to file a final report by Monday, August 2, 2021.
- Applications submitted by for-profit organizations.
- An organization’s season or seasonal series of presented or produced work.
- Projects involving construction of facilities.
- Debt reduction.
- Food and beverages for receptions and hospitality functions.
- Fundraising projects.
- Scholarships, pageants 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 noncongregants.
- 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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Online information session:
August 19, 2021 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join Festival Grant program manager Brad DeBiase for this guide to the FY2022 Festival Grant application. Brad will walk attendees through the grant guidelines, eligibility requirements, application questions, and review criteria. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the grant.

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Pre-Application Information:

- Application Due: Thursday, September 16, 2021
- Review Panel: November 2021 (dates and times TBA)
- Grantees Notified: No later than Friday, December 3, 2021

This grant may function as a reimbursement.

Contact Information:

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


Primary Staff Contact:
Brad DeBiase
Programs and Grants Coordinator
Phone: (602) 771-6534

Technical Support
Phone: (855) 467-8264, ext. 2

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