General Operating Support Level III



Application Deadline:

​​​March 2017​

Staff Contact:

Dwight Walth
Director of Grants Services & Community Initiatives

GOS III Application

GOS III Final Report

GOS III Current Awards


The purpose of this category is to assist organizations t​hat have reached a critical stage in artistic or institutional development, and increase the organization's accessibility to the general public.  

This grant category provides annual support to Phoenix arts and cultural organizations with a total annual operating budget of  $25,000 to $249,000.  

Identification of strategies and initiatives designed to build the capacity of the organization are important considerations in the category. Capacity building initiatives can include strategies targeting:

  • ​​Board development
  • 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
  • Long range planning​

​NOTE: Applying in this category requires that the applicant participate in the Arizona Cultural Data Project (AZCDP) 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

General Operating Support 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​

NEW: Applicants to this category are eligible to submit one other application in the Arts Learning, or ​Festivals, or Rental Support Program category, provided they meet the other category eligibility requirements.

Not Eligible to Apply: 

  • Festival organizations (and other single annual event producers)
  • Presenting Organizations; 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/Program Merit

  • Commitment to high artistic/program standards
  • Strength of Internal artistic or program decision-making process​
  • Recognition locally for high quality, innovative programming

Capacity Building Initiatives

  • ​Mission and program contribution to Phoenix's cultural community​
  • Organization's ability to implement and complete capacity building goals/initiatives
  • Alignment of organization's Needs Assessment with stated capacity building initiatives

Administrative Ability

  • Qualifications and experience of staff, volunteers and board
  • Quality of long and short-term planning process
  • Organization's overall fiscal health

Public Value

  • Commitment to community outreach and audience development
  • Strength of efforts and strategies to collect information to measure impact of programs
  • Organization's commitment to collaboration and partnerships to further mission and develop audience


  • Demographics and characteristics of the audience the organization serves
  • Strength of efforts to broaden, deepen and diversify participation in programs
  • Strength of  efforts to recruit board, staff, artists, and volunteers who represent the ethnic diversity of the city