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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:

10/04/18 11:59 PM


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Grants of $1,500, $2,000 and $2,500 to Arizona nonprofit organizations and government agencies for collaborative projects to support meaningful arts education experiences in a range of community settings for participants of any age. Project categories include professional development, planning, and participant engagement.

Community/social service organizations or governmental entities partnered with arts organizations or professional teaching artists are eligible to apply.

Program Description:

Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants support partnerships that foster meaningful arts learning experiences in community settings for learners of any age 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

Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants support a wide range of projects taking place in community settings. 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180619

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants can request Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants in the following flat grant amounts: $1,500, $2,000, and $2,500.

Term of Contract:

Eligible project activities must take place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019. Grant funds cannot be used for any projects, or days of a project, that take place before the start date of the cycle in which they are submitted, and/or after the end of the fiscal year.

Cycle A projects may take place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Cycle B projects may take place between November 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant Eligibility:
-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.
-Community/social service organizations or governmental entities partnered with arts organizations or professional teaching artists are eligible to apply.
-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. (See FAQ number 5 for more information)
-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.

Funding Restrictions:

This program does not fund the following:
-Organizations and schools that received Arts Commission funding in Fiscal Year 2018, but failed to file a final report by Monday, September 10, 2018.
-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).
-School-based projects or, projects which take place in a school, which would otherwise be eligible for an Arts Learning Collaboration 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.

This list is not comprehensive.

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.

Grants of $1,500 require a minimum $750 cash match. Grants of $2,000 require a minimum $1,000 cash match. Grants of $2,500 require a minimum $1,250 cash match.

All applications must be submitted through Submittable, an online submission platform. If extenuating circumstances prohibit applicants from using Submittable, they are advised to contact the Arts Commission at least one month before the application deadline to make reasonable accommodations for application submission. Late or incomplete applications will be ineligible for review or funding.

Cycle A:
-Application Deadline: 11:59 PM Thursday, May 3, 2018.
-For projects taking place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Cycle B:
-Application Deadline: 11:59 PM Thursday, October 4, 2018.
-For projects taking place between November 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

For questions regarding the Submittable online submission platform, contact Submittable Technical Support:

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

Primary Staff Contact:

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona