Arts Education Grant

Office of Arts and Culture


Arts Education Grants for Organizations supports projects or programs that promote life-long learning in the arts.  Projects can serve:

  •  Youth
  • Adults
  • Specialized target populations (in partnership with a community-based or social service organization).  

Partnerships or collaborations between arts or cultural organizations, schools, school districts, after school programs, or community-based social service organizations are strongly encouraged. Diversity within participating groups is strongly encouraged.

School-based projects are encouraged to integrate arts into STEM programs (STEM [Science Technology, Engineering, Math] to STEA[Arts]M); and/or respond to Arizona Arts Standards curricula or relevant standards from Arizona College and Career Ready Standards - (AZCCRS). Projects that serve adult populations, or specialized target populations are encouraged to identify goals appropriate to the target community or support the goals of a partner social service/community-based organization.  

The Wallace Foundation recently released "Something to Say," a study of success principles for after-school arts programs.  The study may provide insight to the development of your project proposal.

Application Deadline: April 7, 2014

Staff Contact: Ashley Hare, 602-262-6164;

Grant Requests

Arts Education grants must be matched at least dollar for dollar by the applicant.  For example, if your project has a total budget of $6,000, you will need to raise $3,000 to match a grant of $3,000.  Matching funds do not need to be in hand at the time of application, but your grant application needs to provide specific information as to where the matching funds will come from.

Funding Restrictions

Grant funds cannot be used for:

  • construction or renovation of facilities
  • feasibility studies
  • capital expenditures
  • reduction of debts
  • receptions
  • lobbying expenses
  • fundraising projects
  • re-granting
  • scholarship programs
  • staff salaries
  • memberships or dues

The city of Phoenix cannot legally fund applications from organizations incorporated for religious purposes


To be eligible for funding, your organization must meet these requirements at the time of application:

  • The organization must be a registered non-profit organization with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code (Note: for this category, the applicant organization does not need to based in the city of Phoenix)
  • The proposed project must provide services within the city of Phoenix for the direct benefit of Phoenix residents
  • The proposed project must begin no earlier than July 1, 2014 and end no later than June 30, 2015

Not Eligible to Apply: Presenting Organizations; Schools; Community-Based Organizations; Local Arts Agencies; Rental Facilities; Colleges and Universities; city departments (and their support organizations); Arts Service Organizations; organizations without a 501c3.

Although not eligible to apply for direct funding, the above organizations can participate as a project partner with an eligible applicant organization.  Contact Office of Arts and Culture staff to discuss partner opportunities. 

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

Project Quality (30% of score)

  • Relationship between the organization's mission and goals, and the project's goals and activities
  • Qualifications, background and experience of the artists or consultants involved
  • Quality of Evaluation Plan (Sample Plan available for download)

Planning (15% of score)

  • Clearly defined relationship between the applicant, participants, and/or other project partners
  • Strong planning for logistics of the residency or project
  • Efforts to involve special populations

Arts/Cultural Learning (30% of score)

  • Effective use of the artist's skills in the project
  • Quality and usefulness of instructional materials to be used in the project
  • Effective quantitative and/or qualitative data collection strategy

Budget (10% of score)

  • Appropriateness of the project costs to the services provided and the number of participants in the project
  • Financial support from a project partner or community relationship
  • Balanced and accurate budget

Ability to Complete Project (15% of score)

  • Available resources and expertise to administer the project
  • Success of past projects


Download the Application: Click here