Phoenix Arts Job Preservation Program

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As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the National Endowment for the Arts allocated funds direct funds to nonprofit arts organizations across the country, as well as to the 56 state and jurisdictional state arts agencies, and to nine local arts agencies, including the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture to regrant to arts and culture organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 GUIDELINES

The deadline to apply was Friday, September 18, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

 Overview

The City of Phoenix was awarded $250,000 in regranting CARES Act funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Office of Arts and Culture will make grants to Phoenix-based arts and culture nonprofit organizations to fill, rehire, or maintain a part-time or full-time position from being cut due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ​

The Office of Arts and Culture will make 10 to 15 awards of between $10,000 and $25,000 to Phoenix-based arts and culture nonprofit organizations, with budgets under $1 million to fill, rehire, or maintain a part-time or full-time position from being cut due to the Coronavirus crisis. ​

 Grant Amount

Grant awards are between $10,000 and $25,000 depending on the applicant’s proposed position’s salary (with benefits), full-time or part-time status, and the organization’s annual operating budget. These grant awards will not require a match from the recipient organization.

However, because the Office of Arts and Culture will likely be unable to provide any one organization with enough funding to support the full salary of a full-time or part-time position for one year, the application will focus heavily on an organization’s plan to sustain the position for which support is requested. With this opportunity, the Office of Arts and Culture seeks to promote sustainable, secure employment in the arts and culture sector and to demonstrate the impact of this national investment beyond the grant funding.

 Eligibility

  • Applicants must be a Phoenix-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Organizations without 501(c)(3) status that typically use a fiscal sponsor are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must present, produce, or develop arts and culture programs, or serve the cultural sector as their primary mission.
  • Applicants must be in good standing related to Office of Arts and Culture grants, including submitting final reports for grants awarded over the past five years, not including FY21 Community Arts Grants or Arts and Culture Coronavirus Relief Funds.
  • Applicants must have an annual operating budget of under $1 million.
  • Applicants must employ (not contract) at least one full-time or part-time position annually.
  • The position for which funding is requested must be integral to the organization's mission and future.
  • The position must have been created prior to January 1, 2020.
  • The position must have been vacated after March 1, 2020 or is in danger of being cut due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Applicants may not request funding to create or hire new positions or short-term contract positions.

 Application

The Phoenix Job Arts Preservation Program guidelines and application will be open though MARGO, the Office of Arts and Culture's online grants portal, from Monday, August 31, 2020, through Friday, September 18, 2020, at 11:59p.m.

The following criteria will be considered during the review of applications:

  • Significance of the position to the mission and core work of the applicant organization.
  • Quality of the organization to sustain the position for which salary support is requested.
  • Appropriateness of the budget.

 Review Process

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture has an equity strategy that aims to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented marginalized groups' full participation from the agency’s programs and to strengthen equity, diversity, and inclusion in the arts and culture sector for all Phoenix residents.

The program is committed to a just and equitable distribution of the Coronavirus Relief Funding. To that commitment, the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture considers equity and geographic equality of our vast city as part of our outreach strategies and work in expanding the reach of grant opportunities to a broad, diverse community of nonprofit arts and culture organizations.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel made up of local artists and arts professionals, community laypersons, and out-of-state experts to ensure a thorough and unbiased review of the criteria and eligibility. Following that review and consideration, applications may be entered into a process of randomized selection if the volume of applications is greater than expected.  

 FAQs

What is the deadline?

The deadline to apply was Friday, September 18, 2020 at 11:59pm.

Who is eligible?

Phoenix based arts and culture nonprofit organizations with budgets under $1 million that employ full or part-time staff. Please review the full guidelines for eligibility.

Is there a grant workshop I can attend?

Yes, an online workshop was held on Wednesday, September 9 at 2:00 p.m.

Who do I contact?
Mitch Menchaca, executive director, 602-495-0186,  mitch.menchaca@phoenix.gov.