The Arts Career Advancement Grants guidelines will be posted on Wednesday, August 18, 2021 and the application will be open from August 25, 2021 through October 6, 2021. The application can be accessed through MARGO, the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture's online grants portal.
Applicants can apply for the grant by either:
Listing and providing documentation of lost arts-related income (between January 1 and August 21, 2021)
Proposing items/opportunities that support the applicant's arts practice and development
Questions (please note, an applicant may not be required to answer all of them)
- Applicants must register for a MARGO account to apply. Register for a MARGO account.
- Artistic discipline or area of arts-based work
- Artist bio or artist statement (100-250 words)
- Link to professional arts website/social media profile or uploaded resume or CV
- Explanation about how the global COVID-19 pandemic disrupted your arts practice (arts-related income loss, other income loss, opportunity loss, new and unforeseen expenses, loss of studio space, etc.) (150-250 words)
- Award amount requested
Income Loss section
Complete this section in entirety if you have documented arts-related income loss between January and August 21, 2021
Table listing income loss
Upload documentation of each cancelled event, residency, or terminated contract
Complete this section in entirety if you are proposing to use the grant funding to pay for expenses that support and enhance your arts practice. Proposed expenses and opportunities should be paid for between the award date and June 30, 2022.
List specific expenditures such as professional development opportunities, supplies and materials, artist submission fees, etc.
Explanation about how these specific resources enable you to create art, revamp, and/or grow your art form (200-300 words)
Documentation/links that further explain proposed expenditures
Demographic information. This information will be used for internal purposes; individuals' information will not be disaggregated.
Applications will be reviewed for eligibility and completeness then considered through the agency's dual lens of racial and geographic equity in accordance with Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture's equity strategy and commitment for the program. Following that review and consideration, and depending on the amount of submissions received, applications may be entered into a process of randomized selection.
Application open August 25, 2021 through October 6, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
Application reviews October 7 through October 15, 2021
Award notifications October 18, 2021
Award agreements and vendor registration October 18 through November 1
Payments processed November 2 through November 12 – Expect to receive check 45 days after submission of invoice.
Receiving your award – Vendor registration
Applicant agrees to complete a brief final report by June 30, 2022, detailing how grant award was used to support arts practice. Final report can either be a submitted form (template provided by POAC) or a group sharing where reflections and data is collected. While this is not a reimbursement grant, by agreeing to the grant conditions, a grantee will keep a log of purchases with details as it relates to use of grant funds. The final report may ask the grantee to provide that information at a later date, if needed.