Youth Arts & Culture Engagement Grant


$1,000 - $5,000

*This a 1:1 matching grant


Youth-Led (under 19 years old) arts and culture groups, councils, or clubs based in the City of Phoenix; 


November 6 - December 3, 2018


2018 Application Link 
You need to download and use this Project Budget Sheet when applying

Staff Contact

Sarah León Moreno

Grants and Arts Learning Manager


​Goals of the Youth Arts & Culture Engagement Grant

Facilitated by the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture’s Youth Arts & Culture Council, the Youth Arts+Culture Engagement Grant is a funding opportunity for youth-led arts and culture advisory boards, councils, art groups, clubs, and similar organizations to create 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. 

The Youth Arts and Culture Council (YACC) is a collective of young artists from all arts disciplines who advocate for youth representation in Phoenix and provide arts and culture experiences to all in Phoenix. Members attend school, work, and/or reside in Phoenix and represent Phoenix’s eight council districts.

YACC is looking for project proposals that strengthen these core values:  Art and culture as expressions of humanity across generations; young adult artists having full body and voice representation in every planning process of all arts and culture experiences; 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.


At the time of submission, the Youth-Led Arts & Culture group/club/council must: 
  • Have a majority of members under the age of 19
  • Operate under a Phoenix-Based Arts and Culture Organization, or a Phoenix-Based Public School
  • Have arts and community partners whose base operations are in the City of Phoenix
  • Have all partners be in good standing concerning all contract agreements with the City of Phoenix
  • Propose a project which provides an artistic experience for the direct benefit of young people under the age of 19 in the City of Phoenix
  • Propose and complete a project that will be open to the public, beginning no earlier than January 1, 2019 and end no later than June 30, 2019
Eligibility - Receiving Funds: Eligibility - Receiving Funds: Main partner must be either a Public School registered with the Arizona Department of Education, A registered 501c3 non-profit arts and culture organization, or apply with a Fiscal Agent that is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization. Fiscal agent must also be based in the City of Phoenix. This award is a matching grant, meaning that any requested amount must be matched dollar for dollar (includes in-kind matching)

Not Eligible to Apply: Presenting Organizations (those that only book shows in their space, not produce/create work); Community-Based/Social-Service Organizations that have arts programming (e.g. Boys & Girls Club), but not a solely arts-focused mission; Local Arts Agencies; Rental Facilities; Colleges and Universities; City of Phoenix departments (and their support organizations); Arts Service Organizations; Private Schools. 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. The City of Phoenix cannot legally fund applications from organizations incorporated for religious purposes or organizations affiliated with religious organizations.

Types of Projects Funded 

  • Project proposals submitted by youth people for young people under 19 years old in Phoenix
  • Any and all arts and culture disciplines
  • Small to large scale events, projects, or programs 
  • Projects that increase intrigue and curiosity about arts, culture, and young people
  • Projects with a focus on specific areas or neighborhoods in Phoenix
  • Projects which support the artistic and cultural work of young people or introduce young people to arts and culture 
  • Strong impact and community engagement component


Funds may be used for artists' fees, honoraria for project partners directly involved in the project, travel stipends, marketing, space rental fees, festival supplies, and production expenses.   

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.