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Lifelong Arts Engagement Grant

Grants to Arizona Nonprofits and Agencies for Partnerships
that Enable Arts Learning Experiences for All Ages

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Arizona Commission on the Arts

Deadline Date:

02/01/18 11:59 PM


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Grants of $1,500, $2,000, and $2,500 to Arizona nonprofits and agencies to collaborate with arts educators and arts organizations to create learning experiences for all ages. Projects can target youth and older adults, and involve hands-on arts experiences that stimulate creative engagement.

Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants support a wide range of projects. These projects can include, but are not limited to, experiences that link the arts to youth development outcomes, use creative expression to improve quality of life for older adults (Creative Aging), and/or provide sequential hands on learning in, through, or about the arts for learners of any age.

Applicants must apply in one of the following three categories:

- Participant Engagement: For projects taking place over a period of time with a group of identified participants with arts learning and/or creative expression outcomes.
- Planning: For projects focusing on evaluation, resource development, etc., and/or planning for a future Participant Engagement project.
- Professional Development: For projects providing arts-based training and learning for the staff, administration, etc., of the applicant organization/entity.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180619

Estimated Size of Grant:

$1,500, $2,000, and $2,500

Term of Contract:

Eligible project activities must take place between March 1, 2018, and June 30, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An applicant must be incorporated as an Arizona nonprofit organization with tax-exempt status or be a unit of government. Eligible organizations include adult day centers, assisted living facilities, arts and cultural organizations, community-based service organizations, libraries, neighborhood centers, parks and recreation departments, retirement communities, rehabilitation centers, social service organizations, university/college departments and more. Unincorporated organizations may apply through a registered nonprofit fiscal sponsor.

An applicant may submit only one application per cycle, and may receive only one Lifelong Arts Engagement Grant per fiscal year.

Across grant programs, the Arts Commission limits the number of applications that may be submitted by a given organization or unit of government to one (1) application per funding period (July 1 – June 30 of the following year). While an organization or unit of government may be eligible for more than one grant program, they may only apply for one of them in a given funding period.

Individual teaching artists or arts organizations may be listed as partners on a maximum of seven (7) funded Lifelong Arts Engagement Grant applications in a given fiscal year. If the number of applications on which a given individual teaching artist or arts organization is listed as a partner in a single funding cycle exceeds the total number that may be funded for that fiscal year, they will be asked to advise the Arts Commission on which application(s) will be withdrawn from consideration. The Arts Commission requests that prospective applicants consider this restriction before applying.

This program does not fund the following:
- Organizations and schools that received Arts Commission funding in Fiscal Year 2017, but failed to file a final report by Monday, September 11, 2017.
- Applications submitted by for-profit organizations.
- Strictly field trip or performance-based activities.
- An organization’s season or seasonal series of presented or produced work.
- Support for staff or board member salaries (stipends for professional development or supplemental activities beyond the employee contract are eligible for support through this grant).
- Support for individual professional development activities which would otherwise be eligible for a
Professional Development Grant.
- Support for projects which would otherwise be eligible for a Festival Grant.
- Funding for insurance.
- Food and beverages for any purpose.
- Fundraising projects.
- Space/costume/set rental.
- Scholarships, awards and competitions.
- Religious institution-led or religious group-sponsored projects not open to participation by non-congregants.
- Religious institution-led or religious group-sponsored projects whose primary purpose is the religious socialization of individuals or which exist as parts of religious sermons or services.
- Producing organizations to tour or present themselves.
- Indirect costs.
- Grant administration, overhead or processing fees taken by an umbrella/parent organization as a percentage of the total award, with the exception of fiscal sponsors

Additionally, according to the Arts Commission’s enabling statutes, “Notwithstanding any other law, no monies from the Arizona Commission on the Arts may be spent for payment to any person or entity for use in desecrating, casting contempt on, mutilating, defacing, defiling, burning, trampling or otherwise dishonoring or causing to bring dishonor on religious objects, the flag of the United States or the flag of this state.” Recipients of Arts Commission support are further instructed to
“take into consideration general standards of decency and respect for the diverse beliefs and values of the American public” within funded programs.

Pre-Application Information:

A 1:1 match is required. A combination of cash and in-kind contributions may be used to match the grant. In-kind contributions may comprise no more than 50% of the match.

Grant seeker resources:

Cycle A Application Deadline: 11:59 pm Thursday, May 4, 2017.
For projects taking place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

Cycle B Application Deadline: 11:59 pm Thursday, September 7, 2017.
For projects taking place between November 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

Cycle C Application Deadline: 11:59 pm Thursday, February 1, 2018.
For projects taking place between March 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Anastasia Freyermuth, Arts Learning and Grants Coordinator
(602) 771-6529

Arizona Commission on the Arts
417 West Roosevelt Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85003-1326

For questions regarding the Submittable online submission platform:
Submittable Technical Support
Phone: (855) 467-8264, ext. 2

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona