General Operating Support III

Office of Arts and Culture


This grant category provides annual support to Phoenix arts and cultural organizations with a total annual operating budget of at least $25,000.  The purpose of this category is to assist organizations in establishing themselves as secure and growing participants in the Phoenix arts and cultural community through building organizational and administrative infrastructure, stimulating growth and professional development, and increasing the organization's accessibility to the general public.  Identification of strategies and initiatives designed to build the capacity of the organization are important considerations in the category.

NOTE: Applying in this category requires that the applicant participate in the Arizona Cultural Data Project (AZCDP) which involves creating a profile, entering fiscal year data, and printing a report required as part of this application.  The initial time and effort involved in CDP is substantial and must be completed prior to applying for General Operating Support.

Application Deadline: March 24, 2014

Staff Contact: Dwight Walth, 602-495-0188;

Grant Requests

General Operating Support grant applicants do not make specific funding requests.  Organizations supported through this grant category will receive annual operating grants of $5,000, subject to allocation of funds by the Phoenix City Council.  Prior year funding does not guarantee future funding. Applicants must reapply annually for review and ranking.


To qualify for funding, an applicant organization must meet the following criteria at the time of application:

  • Must be a non-profit arts or cultural organization based within the city of Phoenix
  • Must have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.  Documentation of this status must accompany the application
  • Must submit IRS Form 990 "Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax" for the past fiscal year.  (If the organization has an audited or reviewed financial statement for the prior year, that should be submitted instead of the 990)
  • Must have been in existence and actively programming for a minimum of three years
  • Must have a minimum prior year income of no less than $25,000
  • Must have a completed Cultural Data Project Profile with three years of financial data

Not Eligible to Apply: Festival organizations (and other single annual event producers); Presenting Organizations; Schools; Community-Based Organizations; Local Arts Agencies; Non-Phoenix-Based Organizations; Rental Facilities; Colleges and Universities; city departments (and their support organizations); Arts Service Organizations; organizations without a 501c3

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

Artistic/Program Merit

  • Commitment to high artistic standards
  • Innovative programming that challenges audiences and the community
  • Recognition locally for high quality, innovative programming

Financial Position

  • Accurate budgets
  • A diverse base of financial support through earned income, private funding and government sources
  • Budget supports artistic efforts and promotes organization's stability
  • Organization's overall fiscal health

Administrative Ability

  • Qualifications and experience of staff, volunteers and board
  • Board governance structure, responsibilities and involvement
  • Organization's ongoing capacity building process

Public Value

  • Demographics and characteristics of the audience the organization serves
  • Commitment to community outreach and audience development
  • Organization's use of collaboration and partnerships to further mission


  • Effectiveness of organization in developing audiences that represent the ethnic diversity of Phoenix
  • Effectiveness of programming choices that were made to reach out to ethnic audiences, and accessible programs targeting ethnic communities
  • Organization's efforts to recruit board, staff, artists, and volunteers who represent the ethnic diversity of the city
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