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Artist Research and Development Grants (ARDG)

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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08/24/17 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 to Arizona individual artists for research and artistic development in any discipline. Webinars are scheduled for May 26 and June 20. Workshops are scheduled for June 14, 16, and July 29. Additionally, one award will be made to a nonfiction writer.

Applicants could include, but are not limited to, artists who are:

-Developing new techniques or methodologies;
-Experimenting with new materials or technologies;
-Creating new works; or
-Advancing new strategies for engagement.

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

-Artist stipends
-Travel costs
-Space rental
-Production costs
-Rehearsal time
-Registration fees

*This list is not comprehensive. Please contact Arts Commission staff for further clarification.

Bill Desmond Writing Award:

The Bill Desmond Writing Award provides support to excelling nonfiction writers for specific project-related costs. This award offers funding support in the amount of $1,000 to one nonfiction writer applying for the Artist Research and Development Grant and can be offered independent of, or in addition to, the ARDG award. Funding for the Bill Desmond Writing Award is generously provided by the Bill and Kathy Desmond Endowment. You do not need to provide any additional application materials.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181600

Number of Grants:

Up to ten (10) grants will be awarded depending on availability of funds. The Bill Desmond Writing Award will be made to one (1) nonfiction writer.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are a minimum of $3,000 and up to $5,000.

The Bill Desmond Writing Award is $1,000.

Term of Contract:

Proposals may have started prior to the time of application, but must be completed by March 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This grant is for individual artists. 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,
-A resident of Arizona*, and
-Not enrolled in more than three (3) credit hours at a college or university.

* To verify residency, applicants must be prepared to submit copies of at least two (2) of the following upon request: driver license, voter registration card or tax forms.

A primary applicant may submit only one application per year. An artist may apply as a primary applicant in one project and also be named as a collaborating artist in another project within the same year.

Artist Research and Development Grants:

Recipients of the previously-offered Artist Project Grant and the current Artist Research and Development Grant may apply for and receive the Artist Research and Development Grant every five (5) years. Artist Research and Development Grant recipients who received the award before June 2013 are eligible to apply during the fiscal year 2018 grant cycle.

This program does not fund the following*:

-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.
-Scholarships, awards and competitions.
-Food and beverages for any purpose.
-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. Please contact Arts Commission staff for further clarification.

Pre-proposal Conference:

To help you prepare your application, the Arts Commission will present online information sessions and host in-person grantwriting workshops throughout the summer leading up to the application deadline.

Online Information Sessions:

During a live webinar-style presentation, Arts Commission staff will walk potential applicants through the ARDG guidelines while offering tips and resources for successful grantwriting. Shortly after the live presentation, a recording will be posted to this page.

Sessions are scheduled for:
-May 26, 2017, 10:30 AM
-July 20, 2017, 3:30 PM

Competitive Grantwriting Workshops:

Free workshops designed to help artists craft superior grant applications will be offered throughout the state. Whether you’re an emerging artist just learning the ropes or a seasoned pro looking to polish your presentation, this workshop covers the fundamentals while offering an insiders perspective on what funders and review panelists are looking for in a grant application.

Using the Arts Commission’s Artist Research and Development Grant as a model, participants will learn the essential components of a strong application as they play the role of reviewers in a mock grant review panel.

Workshops are scheduled as follows:

June 14, 2017, 5:00 PM
Coconino Center for the Arts
2300 N Fort Valley Rd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

June 16, 2017, 5:30 PM
Littlewood Fine Art & Community Co-Op
1480 S 2nd Ave
Yuma, AZ 85364

Jul 29, 2017, 10:00 AM
1008 E Buckeye Road, Suite 220
Phoenix, AZ 85034

June, 2017
(Date, time, and location to be determined)

Pre-Application Information:

The grant application deadline is 11:59 PM on Thursday, August 24, 2017.

Contact Information:

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

Register for the May 26 Webinar:

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Register for the June 15 Workshop:

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Register for the July 29 Workshop:

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

Program Contacts:

Gabriela Muñoz, Artist Programs Manager

Brad DeBiase, Operations and Special Initiatives Coordinator
(602) 771-6502

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona