Neighborhood Arts Grant​

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October 7, 2019 at 5 p.m.



$1,000 - $7,500

*Not a Matching Funds Grant



At least one of each:

NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNER (main applicant): A neighborhood association, block watch, coalition, organization or similar dedicated to serving the needs of a particular neighborhood within the City of Phoenix (City of Phoenix community centers are ineligible to apply)
ARTS PARTNER: An arts and culture organization with or without nonprofit status based in the City of Phoenix, and/or an individual artist.
Neighborhood Arts ApplicationFrequently Asked Questions

You need to download and use this project budget sheet when applying: Use either the Excel version or PDF version of the form.

Fiscal Agent MOU Fill-in Form can be found HERE
Example of IRS Determination Letter can be found HERE



Sarah León Moreno
Community Investments and Engagement Director

Anel Arriola
Community Investments and Engagement Manager

Goals of the Neighborhood Arts Grant

Generously supported by the Nation​al Endowment for the Arts for a third year, this specialized grant will make funds available for collaborative, arts-and-culture-based projects in Phoenix neighborhoods. This grant hopes to showcase the creativity and culture in Phoenix neighborhoods. For the 2020 application, all awarded projected must activate a Phoenix park with an arts and culture experience.

Neighborhood Arts project ideas: one-day event, festival, literary gathering, concert, oral history storytelling project, or workshop--but must be activated at a City of Phoenix park. Competitive projects generate significant community engagement with high artistic quality that emphasizes collaborative processes.

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At the time of submission, the application must: 
  • Propose a project that takes place between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020
  • Propose a project that provides an artistic or cultural experience that benefits your Phoenix neighborhood
  • Proposed a project that is activated at a city of Phoenix park. Park should be located within the neighborhood, or close to the neighborhood.
    Find a city park:, or for help identifying a park, contact Office of Arts and Culture staff.
  • Propose and complete a project that will be open to the public (it does not have to be free)
  • Have community organization partners whose base operations are in the City of Phoenix (if collaborating with an individual artist, artist does not have to be based in Phoenix)
  • Have all partners be in good standing concerning all contract agreements with the City of Phoenix
  • Have at least one partner that is registered as a non-profit with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code OR Apply with a Fiscal Agent that has tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Fiscal agent must also be based in the city of Phoenix. 
Not Eligible to Apply: Presenting Organizations; Schools; Local Arts Agencies; Rental Facilities; Colleges and Universities; city departments (and their support organizations); Arts Service Organizations.

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

Application Instructions

Applicants are not able to save and return to a draft application within the grant application portal. We recommend that you complete the application in the fillable form or a word document and transfer your answers to the online application form once you are ready to submit the application. All application questions are available for your reference and application preparation: FY2019-20 Neighborhood Arts Application (reference only).

We also highly recommend that you attend an orientation workshop as you begin preparing your application..

Matching Your Grant
Any requested amount does not need to be matched dollar for dollar. If you seeking additional funds for your project, please contact our office for a list of resources. 

Using the Grant Funds

Funds may be used for marketing, project supplies, artists or project coordinator fees, equipment rental, production fees, or honoraria for community partners directly involved in the project.

Funds may not be used for fiscal sponsor administration costs, staff salaries or hourly wage, research studies, capital expenditures, reduction of organizational/personal debts, lobbying/political expenses, re-granting, scholarship programs, memberships or dues, programs, projects and/or events not accessible to the general public, or to people with disabilities.

Evalua​tion Criteria
Applications are evaluated and ranked on a 10-point scale by panelists using the criteria listed below. The grant review panel will be assigning a ranking to each criterion category according to the degree to which the project responds to the sub-criteria. For more details about the process, please refer to our grants review process timeline.


Criterion #1: Artistic Quality

  • Clear explanation of how arts/culture will be involved in proposed project (support materials should be an example of the kind of art involved in the project)
  • Clearly defined responsibilities and influence of arts partner on project
  • Identification of artistic/cultural desired outcome (tangible and/or experiential)
  • Evaluation plan considers feedback on role of arts and culture in project

Criterion #2: Neighborhood Stewardship

  • Neighborhood group demonstrates active commitment to serving their residents
  • Outreach plan is strategic and specific
  • Neighborhood resources and assets are used to complete the project
  • Evaluation plan considers feedback from neighborhood residents

Criterion #3: Project Logistics

  • Detailed project activities
  • Descriptive, comprehensive, and thoughtful explanation of park use
  • Descriptive explanation of non-City park location use (if applicable)
  • Clearly defined responsibilities of neighborhood group (administrative, planning, etc.)

Criterion #4: Budget

  • Budget is balanced and accurate (surplus/deficit field must equal $0)
  • Budget expenses are descriptive and clear
  • Project cost reflects the resources needed within the project timeline
  • Neighborhood resources and assets, artists, and project partners are given monetary value and/or fairly compensated         ​