Project Support Grants

​​​​​​​Project Grants (PG) promote and encourage the breadth of arts and cultural programming in our community by supporting projects both large and small throughout the City of Phoenix.

​Application Opened 
February 14, 2020

Application Closes

April 1, 2020​, at 11:59​ pm. 

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Project Support Grants' Goals:

  • Support arts and cultural projects across the City of Phoenix, especially artistic collaborations with full representation from all persons at the intersection of any age, race, culture, class, religion, sex, national origin, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
  • Fund projects which support the artistic and cultural work of young people or projects which introduce youth to arts and culture in the City of Phoenix.
  • Invest in projects that support and celebrate individual artists making an impact in the community.

​Categories:

Cultural Festival Grants (up to $3,500)

Supports guest artist fees/expenses, production fees, and marketing expenses for ethnically-cultural specific festival projects.

 

Youth Arts Engagement Grants (up to $2,500)

Supports guest artist fees/expenses, production fees, and marketing expenses to support the artistic and cultural work of young people or projects which introduce youth to arts and culture.

 

Artist Exposure Grants (up to $1,500)

Supports Phoenix-based guest artist fees for arts and culture projects, including but not limited to residencies, workshops, lectures, performances, curation, commissioning of new work, exhibitions, readings, and non-cultural festivals.

 

Eligibility

To be eligible for the PG program, organizations must meet all the following criteria:

  • Propose a project that takes place within the City of Phoenix.
  • Be based in the City of Phoenix and have a City of Phoenix address OR be based in Maricopa County, producing a cultural festival that will be in Phoenix, and serve mainly Phoenix residents.
  • Exist as a 501(c)3 organization or apply with a Fiscal Agent that has tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Propose project must begin no earlier than July 1, 2020 and end no later than June 30, 2021.
  • Schools or youth groups may apply for Youth Arts Engagement Grants; community-based organizations may apply for Artist Exposure Grants. Arts and culture organizations may apply for any of the three.
  • Applicants applying for a Youth Arts Engagement grant may apply for in-school time if the project is to bring a teaching artist into a classroom
  • A CIEG applicant with a budget under $250,000 may also apply for one project grant.
  • A non-CIEG applicant may apply for up to two project grants (proposed projects must be distinct and be different grant categories)

The PG program does not fund:

  • Any division of local, state or federal government.
  • Organizations outside of the City of Phoenix not producing a cultural festival.
  • Applications submitted by for-profit organizations.
  • Schools, including public, private and charter not applying for a Youth Arts Engagement Grant.
  • Colleges and universities, other City of Phoenix departments, auxiliary/affiliate organizations, and organizations without a 501(c)3 and not utilizing a fiscal sponsor.
  • Religious institutions or religious group-sponsored organizations not open to participation by non-congregants.
  • Religious institutions or religious group-sponsored organizations whose primary purpose is the religious socialization of individuals or whose arts programming exists as parts of religious sermons or services.
  • Debt reduction.
  • Re-granting, unless permission is received.
  • Grant administration, overhead or processing fees taken by an umbrella/parent organization as a percentage of the total award, except for fiscal sponsors.
  • Lobbying expenses.
  • Expenses related to the construction of facilities.
  • Food and beverage for receptions and hospitality functions.
  • Fundraising projects.
  • Scholarships and awards.

Funding

Organizations supported through this grant category receive merit-based awards, which are determined by the ranking an organization receives in the panel review. Any requested amount must be matched dollar for dollar (can include up to 50% in-kind). NOTE: Matching funds do not need to be in hand at the time of application, but your grant application must provide specific information about how you will fundraise for the amount. If you are seeking additional funds for your project, please contact our office for a list of resources.

Fiscal Agent

Organizations that do not have 501(c)3 status are eligible to apply using a Fiscal Agent. Fiscal agent must meet eligibility requirements. An organization serving as fiscal agent does not sacrifice its own eligibility for grant support. An MOU (for our in-office use only) must be signed by both partners and sent back to our office at the time of the grant deadline. For assistance finding a Fiscal Agent or questions about the MOU form, please contact Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture staff. 


 Grant Matching

Any requested amount must be matched dollar for dollar (can include up to 50% in-kind).

NOTE: Matching funds do not need to be in hand at the time of application, but your grant application must provide specific information about how you will fundraise for the amount. If you are seeking additional funds for your project, please contact our office for a list of resources.​


 

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Evaluation 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. Ranking Slider Bars:

1-2 = Poor (incomplete response; lacking detail; poor project/collaboration quality)

3-4 = Fair (more detail needed; missing information; below average project/ collaboration quality)

5-6 = Average (adequate detail; addresses the prompt; average project/collaboration quality)

7-8 = Good (detailed response; valuable project/ collaboration quality)

9-10 = Excellent (clear and concise narrative; fully addresses the prompt; deep and meaning community integration throughout artistic quality and collaboration alignment and design)

 

Criteria #1: Artistic/Cultural Quality

  • Commitment to artistic projects/programs unique to the City of Phoenix

    Festival applicants only:
  • Commitment to artistic projects/programs for diverse individuals and communities
  • Ability to advance, preserve, present or celebrate art form or cultural tradition 

    Arts Learning applicants only:
  • Commitment to artistic projects/programs that are equitable and inclusive of all Phoenix residents
  • Commitment to specialized training or knowledge gathering that continuously expands and elevates work

    Criteria #2: Community Engagement Quality 
  • Project provides residents access to arts and cultural experiences
  • Collaboration is mutually beneficial to all partners involved in project
  • Goals aligned between the participants, project collaborators, and applicant organization
  • Strong tools and practices for collaborative engagements and equitable outcomes

    Criteria #3: Project Logistics 
  • Clear and detailed description and logistics of the project
  • Strong, reflective ways to capture and evaluate the success of the project

    Criteria #4: Budget/Administrative Ability 
  • Budget is balanced and accurate
  • Project cost reflect the resources needed within the project timeline
  • Project cost ensures artists and project partners are monetarily valued for their time