Application Deadline:

​​​Next Available Grant Opportunity March 2019

Staff Contact:

Sarah León Moreno
Grants and Arts Learning Manager

A+CTION Application

A+CTION Final Report

A+CTION Current Awards


The purpose of this category is to assist organizations t​hat 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.  

The A+CTION grant category provides unrestricted annual support to Phoenix arts and cultural organizations with a total annual operating budget of  $25,000 to $249,999.  

Identification of strategies and initiatives designed to grow or sustain the organization are important considerations in the category. Growing/Sustaining initiatives can include strategies targeting:

  • Program planning and evaluation
  • Financial systems, reporting, and controls
  • Social Media, Marketing and public relations
  • Personnel management and Human Resources issues
  • Fundraising
  • Artistic, education, or community outreach program development
  • Board development​

​NOTE: Applying in this category requires that the applicant participate in DataArts (formerly Cultural Data Project) which involves creating a profile, entering fiscal year data, and printing a report required as part of this application.  The initial time and effort involved in CDP is substantial and must be completed prior to applying for General Operating Support.

​Grant Requests

A+CTION grant applicants do not make specific funding requests.  Organizations supported through this grant category will receive annual operating grant of $5,000, subject to allocation of funds by the Phoenix City Council.  Prior year funding does not guarantee future funding. Applicants must reapply annually for review and ranking.


To qualify for funding, an applicant organization must meet the following criteria at the time of application:

  • Must be a non-profit arts or cultural organization based within the city of Phoenix
  • Must have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.  Documentation of this status must accompany the application
  • The organization must be in good standing concerning all contract agreements with the City of Phoenix
  • Must have been in existence and actively programming for a minimum of three years
  • Must have a minimum prior year income of no less than $25,000
  • Must have a completed Cultural Data Project Profile with three years of financial data​

Note: Applicants to this category are eligible to submit one additional application in the Collaborative Community, Rental Support Program, or Neighborhood Arts category, provided the applicant meets the other category eligibility requirements.

Not Eligible to Apply: 

  • Festival organizations (and other single annual event producers)
  • Schools; Community-Based Organizations;
  • Local Arts Agencies
  • ​Non-Phoenix-Based Organizations
  • Rental Facilities
  • Colleges and Universities
  • City departments (and their support organizations)
  • Arts Service Organizations
  • Organizations without a 501c3

Evaluation Criteria

Applications are evaluated and ranked by panelists using the criteria listed 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 will be assigning a ranking to each criterion category according to the degree to which the project responds to the subcriteria

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

Growth and Sustainability

  • Organization's overall fiscal health
  • Quality of strategies or initiatives implemented in the past year to grow/sustain the organization
  • Quality of staff/board/artistic training or professional development in the past year and impact on  growth/sustainability
  • Impact of needs/issues identified as important to growth/sustainability in the next year

Administrative Ability

  • Qualifications and experience of staff, volunteers and board
  • Quality of long and short-term planning process
  • Board of Directors' affiliations and committee structure

Public Value

  • Audience served and efforts to broaden, deepen, and diversify participation in programs
  • Quality of Community programs and partnerships targeting underserved populations
  • Strength of efforts and strategies to measure impact of programs


  • Organizations commitment to inclusive strategies and policies
  • Efforts this past year that reflect or were inclusive of diverse communities
  • Diversity of Board of Directors