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Mayor's Arts Grant​

Grants to Alaska Arts Nonprofits in Eligible Locations
to Support Artistic Programming and Performances

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Municipality of Anchorage Arts Advisory Commission

Deadline Date:

12/21/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Alaska nonprofit community arts organizations in eligible locations for arts programs and performances that benefit the local community. Eligible artistic disciplines include media arts, literary arts, performing arts, visual arts, crafts, traditional and folk arts, multi-discipline, and new genre. Funding is intended to support performances, performers, and programming that reflect the area's diverse population. Organizations must serve residents of the Municipality and be physically located within the Municipality of Anchorage.

The Commission values:

  1. Organizations that serve residents of the Municipality and that are physically located within the Municipality of Anchorage.
  2. Programming, performances, and performers that reflect the rich diversity in Anchorage audiences.
  3. Organizations that share their art and programs.
  4. Organizations that can be responsible stewards of public funds

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GrantWatch ID#: 164686

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Term of Contract:

The Municipality operates on a calendar year (CY) fiscal basis, and funds appropriated for arts groups by the Anchorage Assembly for given calendar year must be spent during that year. Organizations operating on a non-calendar fiscal year (FY) basis may complete one application during their fiscal year but must spend appropriated funds during the calendar year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Mayor’s Arts Grants benefit presenters, producers and community-based art organizations that are 501(c)3 non-profits and that offer: visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, media arts, performance art, traditional/folk arts, crafts, multi-discipline, or new genre.

There are four general eligibility criteria:
1. Only community arts organizations physically located within the Municipality of Anchorage are eligible for funding. An eligible organization is one whose primary purpose is to produce arts events, projects and services within the Municipality of Anchorage.
2. The organization must have articles of incorporation and by-laws filed with the State of Alaska or be a recognized chapter of a national organization.
3. The organization must provide proof if IRS nonprofit status.
4. The organization must have a volunteer board of directors comprised at least five members.


1. The Arts Advisory Commission will not recommend for any group a funding level in excess of 15% of the Municipality's arts grants funds or a funding level in excess of 15% of the organization's annual operating budget.

2. The Commission will not recommend funding for the following:
- Organizations incorporated for less than one year;
- Expenses or obligations incurred by the organization before January 1, 2021;
- Construction and/or purchase of real property; or
- Purchase of automobiles, vans, buses, or similar transportation equipment.

Public school-based programs will not be funded.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for the 2021 Arts Grant must be received on-line no later than 5:00 PM on Monday, December 21, 2020.

Applications must be submitted online. Paper submission may be accepted, if necessary. Contact staff prior to submitting a paper application.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Kristin DeSmith
Communications Director for the Municipality of Anchorage

Municipality of Anchorage
632 West 6th Avenue, Ste. 840
Anchorage, Alaska 99501

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