Festivals Grant


App​lication Deadline:

March 2017​

Staff Contact:

Ashley Hare
Arts Learning Program Director

Curre​​nt Awards Next Grant Application opens January 2017

Downloadable Forms for Grant Application


Festival Project grants support Phoenix-based festivals which are open to the general public and advance, preserve, present or celebrate:

  • one or more art or cultural forms or a genre within an art form (e.g. Music, Dance, Theatre, Film); or 
  • multi-disciplinary art forms that are the cultural or traditional expressions of diverse populations, including but not limited to communities originating in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, the Pacific Islands, and Australia.

​Grant Requests

Arts and Culture organizations can request a maximum of $3,500 for a festival grant.  Any requested amount must be matched dollar for dollar.   For example, if your project has a total budget of $6,000, you can a request a $3,000 grant, and will need to raise the $3,000 matching funds. Matching funds do not need to be in hand at the time of application, but your grant ap​plication must to provide specific information about the matching funds. ​​

Funding Restrictions

Grant funds cannot be used for:

  • construction or renovation of facilities
  • feasibility studies
  • capital expenditures
  • reduction of debts
  • receptions
  • lobbying expenses
  • fund-raising projects
  • re-granting
  • scholarship programs
  • staff salaries
  • membership dues or fees
  • a full season of artistic activities
  • parades
  • talent competitions
  • political-advocacy efforts
  • programs, projects and/or events not accessible to the general public, or to people with disabilities

The city of Phoenix cannot legally fund applications from organizations incorporated for religious purposes or organizations affiliated with religious organizations.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for funding, your organization must meet these requirements at the time of application:
  • The applicant organization must be in good standing concerning all contract agreements with the City of Phoenix
  • Applicant must be a registered non-profit arts organization with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code OR ​Applicant must be an arts organization applying under a Fiscal Agent that has tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Fiscal agent must also be an arts organization in the city of Phoenix. 
  • The festival must take place in the city of Phoenix  (NOTE: the organization producing the festival does not need to be based in the city of Phoenix)
  • The proposed project must begin no earlier than July 1, 2016 and end no later than June 30, 2017

Not Eligible to Apply: Presenting Org​anizations; Schools; Community-Based Organizations; Local Arts Agencies; Rental Facilities; Colleges and Universities; city departments (and their support organizations); Arts Service Organizations. 

​Although not eligible to apply for direct fundingthe above organizations may be able to participate as a project partner with an eligible applicant organization. 

Not Eligible to Apply: 

  • Schools
  • Community-Based Organizations 
  • Local Arts Agencies 
  • Rental Facilities
  • Colleges and Universities 
  • City departments (and their support organizations)
  •  Arts Service Organizations 

Evaluation Criteria

Applications are reviewed by panelists using the criteria below.  Because your application will compete with other proposals, be sure to address as many points under each criterion as possible in your application.

The grant review panel assign a ranking to each criterion category according to the degree to which the project responds to the subcriteria.

Artistic Merit
Organization's commitment to high artistic standards
Organization's recognition (local, state, or national) for producing high quality programming
Qualifications, background and experience of the staff 
Quality of international, national, regional, and/or local artists representative of art form(s)
Diversity of staff, artists, board members (if applicable) that reflects the community served

Festival Merit
Ability to advance, preserve, present or celebrate art form or cultural tradition
Clear and detailed description and logistics of the festival
Available resources and expertise to administer the festival
Success of past festivals or other organization activities
Strong marketing strategy

Cultural Learning
Clear relationship between the organization's mission and goals, and the festival's goals and activities
Clear and expanding relationship with audience served
Strong interactive or educational activities incorporated into festival
Festival's position as a unique or signature event for Phoenix

Assessment & Evaluation
Learning objectives aligned between the participants and applicant organization.
Assessment strategies are clear and strong
Evaluation methods aligned with desired project benefits and goals
Evaluation strategies are clear and strong

Appropriateness of the costs to the services provided and the number of participants in the festival
In-kind support leveraged by the producing organization
Financial commitment from the organization and/or community supporting the festival
Balanced and accurate budget ​