Community Investments and Engagement Grants (CIEG)

​​​​​​​​​​The purpose of the Office of Arts and Culture's Community Investments and Engagement Grants (CIEG) program is to strengthen the community's access to arts and culture programming. The CIEG program provides core operating support to arts and cultural organizations of all sizes that have a primary mission to create, produce, or provide arts and cultural programming to enhance the quality of lives for Phoenix residents.​

​Application Opens

February 14, 2020

​Application Closes

April 1, 2020​, at 11:59 pm. 

​Grants Portal MARGO
Equity AssessmentCIEG Application Webinar

 
Webinar password: ​CIEGWebinar1
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A+CCESS I Current Awards

A+CCESS II Current Awards
A+CTION Current Awards

​STAFF CONTACT


 

Sarah León Moreno
Grants and Community Engagement Director
602-262-6164
sarah.leon@phoenix.gov​

 CIEG I, II, III Overview

​Goals 

  • Enrich arts and cultural literacy among residents of all ages through education and outreach programs, and opportunities for personal artistic expression and participation.

  • Encourage broad-based, community-wide participation in arts and cultural activities resulting from a diversity of programming that is accessible to all residents.

  • Sustain a community of organizations that are responsibly governed and managed, financially sound, and assist organizations that have reached a critical stage in artistic or institutional development by encouraging identification of internal needs important to the sustainability or growth of the organization.

  • Support cultural organizations that help revitalize the Phoenix downtown corridor through their presentations in city-owned facilities under the Phoenix Stages program (Symphony Hall, Orpheum Theatre, and the Herberger Theater Center).​*

*The Rental Support Program is now housed under the CIEG program. If you are eligible to receive Phoenix Stages support, you'll apply to the CIEG application of your organization's budget size. Contact sarah.leon@phoenix.gov if you have any questions. 

 Full Eligibility

CIEG I - General operating support for non-profit arts and culture organizations with a total annual operating budget of at least $2,500,000

CIEG II - General operating support for non-profit arts and culture organizations with a total annual operating budget of $250,000 to $2,499,999

CIEG III - General operating support for non-profit arts and culture organizations with a total annual operating budget of $25,000 to $249,999


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

Have a primary mission of producing or creating arts and culture programming for Phoenix residents.

Must have a minimum prior year operating budget of $25,000 (i.e., total of earned income from Phoenix sources only and contributed income from all sources).

Exist as a 501(c)3 organization for at least three years that:

    1. has a business address and administrative offices in the city of Phoenix (no PO BOX) and conduct a majority of its programs and services in the city of Phoenix;
      OR

    2. has a business address outside of the city of Phoenix but utilizes a Phoenix Stages venue for a minimum of 20 performances per city fiscal year.

  • Be in good standing concerning all contract agreements with the City of Phoenix, including filing previous grant final reports.

  • Must have a completed DataArts Profile with three years of financial data and must

    1. submit a financial review by a CPA from the last completed fiscal year if prior year operating budget is between $750,00 to $1,499,999
      OR

    2. su​bmit a financial audit by a CPA if prior year operating budget is $1,500,000+

​The CIEG program does not fund:

  • Any division of local, state or federal government.
  • Organizations outside of the City of Phoenix not utilizing a Phoenix Stages venue.
  • Applications submitted by for-profit organizations.
  • Schools, including public, private and charter.
  • Colleges and universities, other City of Phoenix departments, auxiliary/affiliate organizations, and organizations without a 501(c)3
  • Organizations that produce a single annual event.
  • 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.

Funding

Applicants do NOT make specific funding requests:

  • Organizations based in the city of Phoenix supported through this grant category receive award allocations determined by the ranking it receives in the panel review.
  • O​rganizations based in the city of Phoenix and who utilize a Phoenix Stages venue receive award allocations determined by the ranking it receives in the panel review, and receive a separate allocation calculated based on seating capacities and number of performances scheduled for the upcoming performance season.
  • Organizations not based in the city of Phoenix but who utilize a Phoenix Stages venue will be deemed eligible for support in the panel review and the allocation will solely be calculated based on seating capacities and number of performances scheduled for the upcoming performance season. 

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Evaluation Criteria

Full Applications are evaluated and ranked by panelists using the following criteria:

Community Significance 

  • Audience served and efforts to broaden, deepen, and diversify participation in programs
  • Quality of Education and Community programs and partnerships
  • Organization's commitment to inclusive and equitable strategies and policies
  • Strength of efforts and strategies to measure impact of programs

Artistic/Cultural Value

  • Organization's contribution to the vitality and diversity of Phoenix's arts and cultural environment
  • Commitment to new works and works that contribute to the advancement of the art form
  • Commitment to hiring/featuring Phoenix artists and culture workers
  • Quality of support materials

Financial and Administration

  • Organizational budget
  • Strategy for eliminating or reducing debt
  • Organization's short- and long-term planning process
  • Board of Directors' affiliations and committee structure
  • Current and actionable Strategic Plan​