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Research and Development Grants (R&D)

Grants to Arizona Individual Artists for New
Works, Research, and Artistic Development

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Arizona Commission on the Arts

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02/05/20 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 to Arizona new and established individual artists for research and artistic development in any discipline. Applicants must submit a preliminary application prior to the submission of a final proposal. Additionally, one award will be made to a nonfiction writer for costs related to a project. Funding is intended to support artists and promote career development.

R&D Grants are available to help artists take their artistic practice to the next level, including:

  • Exploration of new techniques
  • Experimentation with new materials or technologies
  • Creation of new work
  • Development of new strategies for engaging your community of practice

Eligible expenses include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Stipend to grantee
  • Stipends to collaborators
  • Materials
  • Travel costs
  • Technology
  • Equipment
  • Space rental
  • Marketing costs
  • Production costs
  • Documentation
  • Rehearsal time
  • Registration fees

The Bill Desmond Writing Award provides funding support to excelling nonfiction writers for specific project-related costs. The award is available to a nonfiction writer applying for the R&D Grant and can be offered independent of or in addition to the R&D award. No additional application materials are required.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181600

Number of Grants:

Up to 30 grants will be awarded this year for Research and Development; in addition one Bill Desmond Writing Award is available..

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants for the R & D Grant may request a minimum of $3,000 and a maximum of $5,000.

The Bill Desmond Writing Award provides funding of $1,000.

Term of Contract:

Proposed activities may be underway prior to the time of application but must be completed by March 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be individuals and may submit only one application per year. Organizations are not eligible to apply. At the time an application is submitted, and the grant is awarded, an applicant must be:
- 18 years of age or older;
- Not enrolled for more than three credit hours at a college or university;
- And a resident of Arizona.

Recipients of the R&D Grant must wait 4 years to reapply and may receive a maximum of four (4) awards in their lifetime. This also applies to recipients of the previously-named Artist Research and Development Grant and previously-offered Artist Project Grant. Applicants who failed to submit a Final Report for a previously funded grant are not eligible to apply.

This program does not fund the following:
- Support for activities, or projects which would otherwise be eligible for another Arts Commission grant, such as: Career Advancement Grant; Arts Learning Collaboration Grant; Lifelong Arts Engagement Grant.
- Teaching artist residencies.
- Documentation of existing arts projects.
- Costs related to activities for which the applicant is employed or contracted.
- Costs related to academic research or formal study toward an academic or professional degree.
- Expenses incurred in the presentation of final work, such as self-publishing, promotion, catalogs published by the artist(s), exhibition expenses, and self-presenting. Such expenses may be one component of the proposal but cannot be the sole purpose of the requested funds.
- Fundraising projects, food and beverages for any purpose.
- Scholarships, awards, and competitions.
- Grant administration, overhead, or processing fees taken by an umbrella/parent organization.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Workshops will be announced.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline for Stage 1 is 11:59 PM on Friday, October 25, 2019.

Applicants whose applications are determined to be most competitive according to evaluation criteria will be invited to submit additional materials and move on to Stage 2 of the application process. You will be notified whether or not your application will advance to Stage 2 no later than January 10, 2020.

The Stage 2 deadline is February 5, 2020. On March 20, 2020, the panelists will convene in Phoenix to discuss the applications as a group. This meeting is open to the public and applicants being reviewed will be notified of listening options. At the conclusion of the meeting, panelists will finalize their scores and recommend up to 30 applications for funding. Grantees will be notified in April 2020.

Contact Information:

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

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Submittable Technical Support:
(855) 467-8264, ext. 2

Program Contact:
Anna Needham (Red Lake Ojibwe)
Artist Programs Coordinator
Phone: (602) 771-6526

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona