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Mesa Arts Center (MAC) Creative Economy Fund

In-Kind Grants to Mesa, Arizona Nonprofits for
Arts Events and Activities at a Local Arts Center

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City of Mesa Department of Arts and Culture

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05/03/19 5:00 PM


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In-kind grants valued at up to $5,000 to Mesa, Arizona nonprofit organizations for community arts projects. Applicants must contact staff to discuss prices and availability prior to submitting an application. Grants are intended to encourage organizations to host arts activities, workshops, events, and festivals at a local arts center in the downtown area.

As part of a larger initiative to further activate the urban center of Mesa, to increase the growing number and variety of offerings at the Mesa Arts Center (MAC) in downtown Mesa, and to continue to build an environment of creativity and discovery in the downtown district, the Creative Economy Fund in-kind grant program is being continued. The intent of this program is: 1) To provide support to professional and semi-professional organizations who use or wish to use the MAC venues; 2) to bring new cultural offerings to the Mesa and East Valley communities; and 3) to encourage new organizations to experience presenting or producing an event at the MAC, in order to form new partnerships and relationships among and across cultural organizations in the region.

Through the Mesa Arts Center License Fee Reduction Program, the City of Mesa Department of Arts and Culture Creative Economy Fund will support reduced rental rates at the Mesa Arts Center for non-profit organizations presenting an arts project or a series of activities or events. Applicants may submit proposals requesting reduction of licensing fees for the use of Mesa Arts Center theaters, Studios or Shadow Walk, or Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum lecture hall or courtyard for the purpose of presenting quality arts programs for the Mesa community and region. The amount requested can cover base license fees only (cost for facility use).

Projects may include, but are not limited to, the following:

- A concert or series of concerts
- A theater, dance or spoken word production
- A collaborative or interactive community art project
- A festival
- A workshop or class(es) in the visual or performing arts
- A multidisciplinary project

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143865

Estimated Size of Grant:

Amounts requested for licensing reduction may not exceed the total amount being paid in facility licensing fees. Funding awarded to any one organization will not exceed $5,000, and for most applicants is unlikely to exceed $2,500.

Term of Contract:

The proposed projects must take place between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be a nonprofit, Arizona-based tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. While arts and culture organizations are strongly encouraged to apply, other nonprofit organizations that are offering arts programming to the public are also welcome to apply.

Nonprofit organizations whose tax-exempt status is pending may apply one time only through a nonprofit fiscal sponsor. A letter from the fiscal sponsor must accompany the application.

Organizations that are applying for support for the 2019-20 fiscal year through the MAC Foundation’s ACES Program (Arts and Cultural Education Sponsorship) should be aware that they are not eligible to receive support through both programs.

The events held at the Mesa Arts Center through the Creative Economy Fund cannot be fundraising events or promoted as such by the presenting/producing organization, whether for the grantee's own organization or for another organization or cause.

All production, front-of-house, or ticketing fees that are not included as part of the licensing fee will not be eligible for funding, but must be included as expenses in the project budget. Marketing services will not be provided as part of this support.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Grant Workshop with tips on submitting a competitive grant will be held at the Mesa Arts Center, One East Main Street, on April 23, 2019 5:00-6:00 pm, in the South Studios Conference Room, 3rd Floor, South Studios Building.

Please note that attendance at this workshop is optional.

Please RSVP to Sarah Goedicke by phone or email (see Contact Information below).

Pre-Application Information:


- April 23, 2019, 5-6 PM: Grant Workshop
- May 3, 2019 (by 5:00 PM): Application due date
- May 8 - 10, 2019: Applications reviewed by a community panel; recommendations made
- May 23, 2019: Recommendations are reviewed and endorsed by the Museum and Cultural Advisory Board
- By May 31, 2019: Applicants are notified of the outcome of their proposal
- June 30, 2020: Projects must be completed

Applications may be submitted online, by email, mail, or drop off.

As a requirement of the application, applicants must discuss calendar availability and cost estimates with Mesa Arts Center’s Event Services Supervisor, Jaime Kenney (see contact details below) prior to developing their budget. (Please do not wait until the final week for submission to contact Jaime, as she could be out of town, at a conference, or unavailable to do last minute calculations. Once you know your project and have selected a date, contact her immediately.)

Organizations may submit only one application for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To apply online:

By mail:

Creative Economy Fund
Office of the Director
Mesa Arts Center
PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211-1466

By Email:

By Drop-Off:

Sarah Goedicke at Mesa Arts Center
3rd Floor Studios South Building
1 E. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201

For Mesa Arts Center calendar availability and cost estimates, contact:

Jaime Kenney, Event Services Supervisor

For questions, contact Sarah Goedicke at 480-644-6607 or at the above email address.

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