Project Support Program

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Project Support program promotes and encourages the breadth of arts and cultural programming in our community by supporting projects both large and small throughout the City of Phoenix.​


 Key Dates and Resources

Guidelines Available:

February 18, 2021

Application Opened:

March 8, 2021 at 12:00 p.m.

Application Closed:

April 1, 2020​, at 11:59​ pm.

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Schedule one-on-one appointment ​
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Project Budget Webinar

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Staff Contact

​Anel E. Arriola, Grants and Community Engagement Manager, 602-534-5084,

 Project Support Program Overview

The Project Support program promotes and encourages the breadth of arts and cultural programming in our community by supporting projects both large and small throughout the City of Phoenix. The program supports guest artist fees/expenses, production fees, and marketing expenses for in-person, socially-distanced, and/or virtual projects that engage Phoenix residents, including but not limited to, arts workshops, pop-up performances, and collaborations with artists. ​

Goals ​

  • Support arts and cultural projects across the City of Phoenix, especially artistic collaborations with full representation from all persons at the intersection of any age, race, culture, class, religion, sex, national origin, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

  • Fund projects which support the artistic and cultural work of young people or projects which introduce youth to arts and culture in the City of Phoenix.

  • Invest in projects that support and celebrate individual artists making an impact in the community​.


To be eligible for the Project Support program, organizations must meet all the following criteria:

  • Propose a project that takes place within the City of Phoenix (unless held virtually)

  • Be based in the City of Phoenix and have a City of Phoenix address OR be based in Maricopa County, producing a cultural festival that will be in Phoenix, and serve mainly Phoenix residents

  • Exist as a 501(c)3 organization or apply with a Fiscal Agent that has tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code

  • Propose project must begin no earlier than July 1, 2021 and end no later than June 30, 2022

  • Schools or youth groups, community-based organizations, small arts and culture businesses, and all arts and culture nonprofit organizations may apply for Project Support grant

  • Applicants applying for a grant may apply for in-school time if the project is to bring a teaching artist into a (virtual) classroom

  • An organization applying to the General Support Program is not eligible to apply for a project support grant

The Project Support program does not fund:

  • Any division of local, state or federal government

  • Organizations outside of the City of Phoenix not producing a cultural festival

  • Applications submitted by for-profit entities

  • Schools, including public, private and charter not applying for a grant that serves youth.

  • Colleges and universities, other City of Phoenix departments, auxiliary/affiliate organizations, and organizations without a 501(c)3 and not utilizing a fiscal sponsor

  • 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, except for fiscal sponsors

  • Lobbying expenses

  • Expenses related to the construction of facilities

  • Food and beverage for receptions and hospitality functions

  • Fundraising projects

  • Scholarships and awards

  • The production or commission of permanent art not included in the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture's annual public art plan

  • Staff salaries/hourly wage

  • The production or commission of permanent art not included in the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture's annual public art plan 


For FY2021-2022, a project can be awarded between $1,000 and $2,500.

Projects supported through this grant category receive merit-based awards, which are determined by the ranking a project receives in the panel review. For FY2021-2022, grant matching is not required.

 Evaluation Criteria

​Applications are reviewed for eligibility by staff and evaluated and ranked by review panelists using the criteria listed below.​

Community Significance

The applicant explains the level of significance the project has to community. Community can be interpreted a variety of ways – audience members, general public, seniors, youth, artist(s), etc.

  • Who is the audience that your project intends to serve/benefit directly? (Select all that apply): Children, Teens, Adults, Older Adults, General public, Families
  • Why is the project meaningful? (100 words)
  • List and describe the artists and their role and participation in the project. (300 words)

Artistic/Cultural Value

The applicant has identified ways to be thoughtful in providing arts and cultural programs and services, particularly during COVID-19.​

  • Project Activity—Tell us what type of activities you will be doing in this project (Select all that apply): Festival, Exhibitions/Presentations (visual arts, media arts, design), Performances/readings, Art instruction (classes, demonstrations, lectures, and other instruction used to teach knowledge of and/or skills in the arts), Other (please specify)
  • Highlight and explain in detail the primary project activities. (You may attach a current/past program or outline if you have one) (300 words)
  • Upload project support materials (2-4 attachments and descriptions). Include samples of past and current work, past flyers, brochures, etc.
  • Attach a detailed project budget

Logistics and Accessibility

The applicant explains how they will make the project available and successful for a diverse group of participants.

  • What is your outreach and promotion plan? (300 words)
  • How will you determine whether the project is successful? (300 words)

Other application questions/attachments

Project title, project summary, start and end dates, proposed location, amount requested​

 Fiscal Agent

​Organizations that do not have 501(c)3 status are eligible to apply using a Fiscal Agent. Fiscal agent must meet eligibility requirements. An organization serving as fiscal agent does not sacrifice its own eligibility for grant support. An MOU (for our in-office use only) must be signed by both partners and sent back to our office at the time of the grant deadline. For assistance finding a Fiscal Agent or questions about the MOU form, please contact ​Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture staff. ​