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Community Investment Grant (CIG)

Grants to Arizona Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribal
Organizations for Arts and Cultural Programming

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Arizona Commission on the Arts

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03/14/19 11:59 PM


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Grants starting at $1,000 to Arizona arts nonprofits, local arts agencies, and tribal cultural organizations to serve, present, produce, and teach the arts. Some organizations will be required to submit a Notification of Intent prior to the full application. Full applications are submitted on an alternate-year schedule. Grants are awarded to applicants that demonstrate strong alignment with the criteria of the CIG program.

Grant Program Review Criteria:
- Community Investment
- Quality Programming/Service
- Fiscal Ingenuity
- Stewardship of Public Funds

Organizations may use CIG funds for different expenses, including:
- Salaries and personal expenses: artists, production staff, administrators, teachers, contractors, consultants
- Artistic/Production Expenses: supplies, materials, equipment, venues, royalties, licensing
- Administrative Expenses: office space and supplies, insurance, professional services like accounting or payroll, fees for banking, online services, training and education, marketing and promotion.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179032

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award baseline for CIG Level I: $1,000 - $3,000
Award baseline for CIG Level II: $2,000 - $5,000
Award baseline for CIG Level II: $3,000 - $8,000
Award baseline for CIG Level IV: $6,000 - $15,000
Award baseline for CIG Level V: $8,000 - $22,000
Award baseline for CIG Level VI: $15,000 - $60,000

Term of Contract:

The funding period runs from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicant organizations are:
- Based in the State of Arizona
- Have a primary mission to produce, present, teach, or serve the arts
- Incorporated with the IRS as a nonprofit (501c3) organization or a unit of government (local or tribal).

Small and/or new organizations that have not yet secured their own 501c3 may apply with a nonprofit fiscal sponsor.

Multidisciplinary or multipurpose organizations are eligible for Community Investment Grants if they are able to demonstrate that the arts comprise at least 50% of the organization’s public programming.

CIG award amounts vary according to the size of the applicant organization. Organizations apply in one of six grant levels based on their size and adjusted annual income for Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018). Adjusted annual income is your gross annual income minus any in-kind support. In lieu of adjusted annual income, organizations applying in Level I may use their FY2018 closing bank account balance to establish their eligibility.

CIG Level I FY2018 Adjusted Annual Income: $5,000 - $24,999 (at least one year producing arts-related programming)
CIG Level II FY2018 Adjusted Annual Income: $25,000 - $99,999 (at least two years producing arts-related programming)
CIG Level III FY2018 Adjusted Annual Income: $100,000 - $249,999 (at least three years producing arts-related programming)
CIG Level IV FY2018 Adjusted Annual Income: $250,000 - $549,999
CIG Level V FY2018 Adjusted Annual Income: $550,000 to $1,249,999
CIG Level VI FY2018 Adjusted Annual Income:$1,250,000 and above.

- Level IV - Level VI Organizations must have at least three successful years producing arts-related programming. Level IV and Level V must have a full-time executive managing music; or artistic director.
- Level VI must have a full-time executive, managing, music, or artistic director; and a full-time education manager, or staff member responsible for those duties, and must submit an Education Plan.

For FY2020, applicant organizations in their alternate year application cycle will not be permitted to change eligibility Levels.

This program does not fund the following:
- Organizations that received Arts Commission funding in Fiscal Year 2016, but failed to file a final report by Monday, September 11, 2018.
- Organizations not dedicated to producing, presenting, teaching or serving the arts as their primary mission. (The arts must comprise at least 50% of programming to be eligible.)
- Any division of local, state or federal government except Tribal Cultural Organizations or Local Arts Agencies (including arts councils and arts commissions).
- Applications submitted by for-profit organizations.
- Schools, including public, private and charter.
- Auxiliary or affiliate organizations.
- Religious institutions or religious group-sponsored organizations not open to participation by non-congregants.
- Religious institutions or religious group-sponsored organizations whose primary purpose is the religious socialization of individuals or whose arts programming exists as parts of religious sermons or services.
- Re-granting, unless permission is received.
- Grant administration, overhead or processing fees taken by an umbrella or parent organization as a percentage of the total award, with the exception of fiscal sponsors.
- Lobbying expenses.
- Expenses related to the construction of facilities.
- Food and beverage for receptions and hospitality functions.
- Fundraising projects.
- Scholarships and awards.
- Equipment or capital expenditures.
- Indirect costs.

This list is not comprehensive.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Join Kristen Pierce Kent from the Arizona Commission on the Arts for a webinar-style online presentation.

Online Information Session, Community Investment Grants
Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm
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Online Information Session, Community Investment Grants
Thursday, February 21, 2019, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
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The Arizona Commission on the Arts will tour the state presenting in-person information sessions about both Community Investment Grants and Festival Grants. Additional locations/dates will be added as they are scheduled:

The Gallery in Kingman
Monday, February 11, 2019
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by March 14, 2019, 11: 59 PM. Grant review panel convenes in May 2019, and grantees are notified in July 2019.

The following organizations are required to submit a Notification of Intent to Apply before applying:
- Organizations that have not received Arts Commission funding for the past two fiscal years (FY2018 &
- Organizations that plan to apply as a CIG VI organization for the first time in FY2020.

To submit a Notification of Intent to Apply, send an email to Kristen Pierce Kent, Organizational Grants and Services Manager, with the subject line, “FY2020 CIG Notification of Intent to Apply.” Submit By: 11:59 pm, Thursday, February 28, 2019.

All applications must be submitted through Submittable, an online submission platform.

CIG awards must be matched with cash (at least 1:1) by the organization.

Organizations that received a Community Investment Grant (CIG) in the previous funding cycle will apply as follows for FY 2020:
- CIG Levels I, II, and III will submit full application and undergo panel review.
- CIG Levels IV, V, and VI will submit an alternate year application.

Organizations applying for Festival Grants may not apply for Community Investment Grants within the same funding period.

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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.

Online application:

Kristen Pierce Kent, Organizational Grants and Services Manager
(602) 771-6517

For technical support:
Phone: (855) 467-8264, ext. 2

Arizona Commission on the Arts
417 West Roosevelt Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85003-1326
Phone: (602) 771-6501
Fax: (602) 256-0282

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