Artistic Excellence Grant



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Artistic Excellence Grants are available to non-profit organizations to support arts presented within Tempe. Selection is based on high artistic quality as well as innovation in both programming and artist selection. Eligible activities include the production of artistic performances, commissioning of new works of art, or continued innovation of existing exhibitions or performances. The grant supports a commitment to advancing Tempe as a vibrant and progressive community for cultural and artistic activity.

Grant Amount: Applicants may request the maximum award amount based on the average of the past two annual budgets. Amounts range from $5,000-$50,000.

Deadline: Monday, May 1, 2017 at 5pm



Programming eligible for this grant:

  • occurs within the City of Tempe;
  • enhances the quality of artistic programming accessible to Tempe residents;
  • involves the performing arts (music, dance and theatre), visual arts, literary arts, interdisciplinary arts, video or film;
  • is submitted by a registered non-profit 501(c)3 organization, or is supported through a fiscal sponsorship with a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.



This grant does not fund:

  • construction or renovation of facilities, capital expenditures, reduction of debt, feasibility studies, receptions, lobbying expenses, re-granting, scholarship programs, awards;
  • university- or college-sponsored projects unless they are open to non-credit participants;
  • organizations that are incorporated for religious purposes or projects that focus on religious themes;
  • overhead or processing fees taken by an umbrella/parent organization as a percentage of the total award, with the exception of fiscal sponsors; or
  • an applicant who failed to submit a Final Report from a previously funded grant.

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Maja Aurora, Director of Arts Engagement
Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W Rio Salado Pkwy
Tempe, AZ 85281



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