Frequently Asked Questions

​Q: How and when do I apply for a grant?

The annual grants program guidelines and application materials are available in the spring of each year. Downloadable applications are available from the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture (POAC) web site. First-time applicants should contact Dwight Walth, Director of Grants Services and Community Initiatives at 602-495-0188;

Q: My organization does not have nonprofit (501c3)status. Can I still apply for a grant?

You can apply in the Arts Learning or Arts and Cultural Festivals grant category using a qualified fiscal agent. The fiscal agent must be a registered non-profit that has tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Fiscal agent must also be an arts organization and meet other eligiblity requirement of the grant category. ​

Q: Can I submit more than one grant application?

Organizations that qualify for the Rental Support Program are eligible to submit in that category and one other grant category. Organizations that apply for support in the General Operating Support Level III​ category are also eligible to submit in the Arts and Culture Learning​, Festivals ​or ​​​​Rental Support Program category. No organization can submit more than two applications.

Q: My organization is not based in Phoenix. Can I still get a grant?

Organizations not based in the city of Phoenix are eligible to apply in the Festival or Arts and Culture Learning​ categories. However, the proposed project activities must take place in the city of Phoenix and serve Phoenix residents.

Q: Is it possible to have Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture staff assist me with my proposal?

Staff will be happy to review a draft of your application and can sometimes direct you to resources to help you develop your project. New applicants are strongly encouraged to contact staff to discuss your application. Be sure to contact staff several weeks in advance of the application deadline, though, as staff availability becomes limited as the application deadline approaches. Contact Dwight Walth, Director of Grant Services and Community Initiatives at 602-495-0188 to schedule a review.

Q: I'm having trouble working with the PDF application / I can't save and return to the application

In older versions of Adobe Reader you cannot save your work. Update your Reader to the most current verson. Under the "Help" menu of Reader, click on "Check for Updates." Or download Adobe Reader here. Adobe Reader is free.

Q: Who determines whether my proposal is funded or not?

Grant proposals are reviewed by a panel that is comprised of artists, arts professionals, educators and community laypersons, each representing different points of view and various cultural orientations. The panel discusses each proposal before assigning a ranking based on criteria specific to each grant category. The ranking determines whether or not the application is funded and the level of funding that it receives. The panel meetings are open to the public and applicants are encouraged to attend the meeting to hear the review of their application and other applications in the category.

Q: Can I be a panelist?

Yes! The POAC seeks knowledgeable, fair-minded and responsible individuals to serve as grant review panel members. The POAC maintains a database of individuals interested in serving on grant review panels. If you're interested in serving as a panelist, complete a Panelist Information Form.

Q: Are there any resources available to help me plan and develop a grant proposal?

The POAC has several resources on the web site designed to assist applicants in identifying artists, arts organizations, communities, space, and technical assistance opportunities. We also have an archive of past funded projects.

Q: Are there any funding restrictions?

Grant funds cannot be used for:

  • Construction or renovation of facilities
  • Feasibility studies
  • Capital expenditures
  • Reduction of debts
  • Receptions
  • Lobbying expenses
  • Fundraising projects
  • Scholarship programs
  • Staff salaries
  • Membership dues or fees

Q: When does my proposed project need to take place to be eligible for funding?

Funded activities cannot begin prior to July 1, 2015 and must conclude no later than June 30, 2016​.