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Community Arts Grant

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Community Arts Grants are available to non-profit organizations to fund projects with a primary mission of supporting a specific community such as youth, seniors, veterans, and cultural groups in Tempe. Projects should provide quality arts experiences that have a lasting impact on the intended community and project partners. The grant supports the following Public Art and Cultural Amenities Goals from the General Plan 2040:

  • advance Tempe as a vibrant and progressive community for cultural and artistic activity
  • collaborate with community partners and educational institutions
  • enhance art that supports, educates and enriches the community

Community Arts Grant Guidelines PDF


Grant Writing Support

It is recommend for all applicants to attend a one-on-one grant writing meeting where they will receive mentorship and support from staff.

Email to make an appointment.


Amount & Deadline


Up to $10,00 - requires equally matching cash contributions


Monday, May 13, 2019 at 5 p.m.


Online Application

View Guidelines PDF

What You'll Need
Narrative Questions
  • Mission Statement (200 words max)
  • Summary (150 words max) This section should give an overview of your project. The summary will be shared with City Council, and if funded will be in press releases, on social media, and on the Arts Grants website.  Write in a factual manner, in the third person, using complete sentences.
  • Quality (750 words max) programming achieves sustained resonance, impact, or value for participants and partners. Programming is specifically designed for the intended community & provides rich arts experiences for participants.
    • Describe in detail what kinds of activities and experiences participants will engage in during this program.
    • How does this project provide participants with diverse, new or expanded forms of expression and engagement?
    • How is participation inclusive to people with varied perspectives, experiences, and abilities?
    • How does this program evolve, develop, or expand the field of community arts programming?
  • Community Impact (750 words max) creates collective meaning that transcends individual perspective and experience, and affords attendees access to collective experience, engagement and/or reflection. There is a strong commitment to including artists, partners, community members, and stakeholders in the development and programming, and to intentionally serve the interests of their audience.
    • All:
      • How does this program support Tempe’s efforts to provide equitable, diverse, and inclusive programming?
      • What are participants’ takeaways from the experience of this program, and how do they connect to the desired goals and outcomes of the program?
    • If Working with Schools:
      • How will teachers, artists, students, and partners be involved in the planning and implementation of this project?
      • How does this program support the school in fulfilling the requirements of the Arizona Academic Standards in the Arts?
    • If Working with another Community: (not in schools):
      • How will members of the community you intend to serve, artists, and partners be involved in the planning and implementation of this project?
      • How is this project relevant to the community, location, or context? 
  • Resourcefulness (500 words max) is the ability to find stakeholders and supporters, and draw on the core strengths of artists, partners, and participants on a budget that reflects a responsible and sustainable use of city funding. (In addition to the narrative, your “budget form” will also be evaluated in this section)
    • How does the project draw on the core strengths of artists, partners, and participants?
    • What experience or training does your organization, artists and/or partners have executing programming with this intended community?
    • How does this project demonstrate creativity in maximizing the resources available (financial, space, volunteers, in-kind, partnerships, etc.)? 
  • Outcomes (500 words max.) of programming align with program goals and have clear evaluation methods.  The applicant knows who they are trying to serve with their programming and have clear methods and strategies of achieving their goal.
    • Explain the relationship between the goals, planned activities and evaluation methods.
    • Discuss any information collected from stakeholders, participants, artists, staff and board members that are used to measure the impact of your programming. 
  • Budget Explanation (300 words max.): This is an area for you to go into further detail about your budget. You can use this space to describe any discrepancies, funding sources, or to break down payment structures for artists and contracted services.
    • Who is involved in this project?
    • What activities will take place?
    • Where and when will the activities take place?
    • Why is the project important?
    • How will the project impact the community it serves?

2018-2019 Grant Recipients

Arizona Theatre Company
The Be Kind People Project
Broadmor PTA
Downtown Tempe Foundation
Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona
Grey Box Collective
Movement Source Dance Company
Musica Nova
Musician Enrichment Foundation
Phoenix Conservatory of Music
The Phoenix Symphony
Rising Youth Theatre
Scottsdale Arts/AZ Wolftrap
Tetra String Quartet
United Sound

For full project descriptions
Download PDF

Final Report

Within 60 days of completing the project, a Final Report must be submitted.  The report will include the outcomes, actual budget and 3 professional quality images.  The grant recipient agrees to give the City of Tempe the rights to use any materials submitted in the Final Report for data collection and promotional purposes.

Final Report Form
Actual Budget Sheet
Audience Data Sheet



Maja Aurora
Director of Arts Engagement
(480) 350-5160

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