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General Operating Support (GOS) Grant

Grants to Pima County, Arizona Nonprofit Arts and Culture
Organizations for Operational and Infrastructure Needs

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Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to Pima County, Arizona nonprofit arts and culture organizations for operational and infrastructure needs. Funding is intended for capacity building to further an organization’s impact and mission rather than for a specific program or project.

Community impact and organizational sustainability are two of the top priorities identified in the Three Year Strategic Plan guiding the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona until 2021. Implicit in AFTSA’s vision is a desire for diverse arts organizations within Pima County to be able to engage in their craft without having to struggle economically.

This investment in organizational health through the GOS Grant works to increase fiscal vitality and economic sustainability among arts and culture organizations within the region. Applicants will be asked to submit their SMU DataArts Funder Report, discuss their mission and goals for the next year, as well as audience demographics and outreach strategies to help the Arts Foundation determine if and how well it is meeting its goals.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164162

Estimated Size of Grant:

The ranges for the awards per category are below:
- Category 1: Budgets of $24,999 and under - Award range of $1,000 – $3,000
- Category 2: Budgets between $25,000 and $99,999 - Award range of $2,500 – $5,000
- Category 3: Budgets between $100,000 and $549,999 - Award range of $5,000 – $7,500
- Category 4: Budgets above $550,000 - Award range of $7,500 – $10,000

Term of Contract:

Funds Available: Friday, January 10, 2020
Completed and Submitted Final Reports (upon award): Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, organizations must have had 501c3 non-profit status for the last three consecutive years, including the current year. For this GOS Grant 2019-2020 cycle, organizations with a date of determination in the year 2016 or prior are eligible.

- Organizations must provide evidence of current 501c3 status, as well as their official registered office address.
- Organizations must have been located within Pima County Limits for the last three consecutive years.
- 50% of the organization’s programming must be dedicated to the arts.
- 50% of the organization’s projects must take place within Pima County on an annual basis.
- 50% of the organization’s Board of Directors must reside within Pima County.
- Organizations that have received prior awards from AFTSA and are eligible for the General Operating Support Grant must have completed all necessary final reports, including from the previous 2018-2019 fiscal year.

The following entities are ineligible to apply:
- Any agency that receives more than 50% of its total gross income (in the last fiscal year) from a combined total of local public sources (City of Tucson or Pima County)
- Any division or department of municipal, county, state, or federal government, including elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities and school districts
- Political and/or religious organizations
- Private and non-profit schools, except for those whole sole purpose is arts education

Grant funds cannot be used toward:
- Tuition costs/class fees
- Debt retirement, the purchase of real property, or establishing/augmenting an endowment fund

Pre-proposal Conference:

Staff will be available for brief 20-minute appointments at Historic Brings Coworking to answer questions or discuss your application. Appointments are required to ensure we have time to serve everyone.

Thursday, September 12 – Appointments available between 8:00 am and 10:00 am
Monday, September 16 – Appointments available between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm
Wednesday, September 25 – Appointments available between 8:00 am and 11:00 am
Monday, September 30 – Appointments available between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm

To register: Please register here:

Pre-Application Information:

Important dates:
- Application Deadline: Friday, October 4, 2019
- Decision Notifications: Monday, December 2, 2019

If you have questions about the application process or content of your proposal, staff can assist you up until three weekdays before the application deadline

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Contact Information:

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

For grant questions, contact:
Natalia Gabrielsen, Program Coordinator

(520) 624-0595

For questions about the online application platform, contact:
(855) 467-8264

236 S Scott Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701, USA

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USA: Arizona: Pima County

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