Grants & Sponsorships

Our grants provide direct funding for individual artists, arts organizations, and community-based arts projects throughout Tucson and Southern Arizona.

Over the past six years, we have provided more than $1,200,000 to approximately 370 artists, arts organizations, community groups, and neighborhoods. This money has allowed working artists to pursue their passions, local neighborhoods to animate shared space, and arts organizations to continue to open their doors to the community and provide a wide range of programming.

Note that all grantees must abide by Fair Labor Standards.

Click the link to view upcoming grants and funding details..

General Operating Support Grant (Closed)

Unrestricted funding that gives grantees the rare opportunity to fund the day-to-day needs of a non-profit organization. Read More

New Works (Closed)

Support provided to individual artists that allows them to pursue creative projects or see their work in new light. Read More

Pima County Youth Arts Award (Closed)

Acknowledging the next generation of artists in Pima County. Read More

stART Grant (Closed)

Community Impact and Artist Resource Mini-Grants Read More

The Arts Foundation Fair Labor Standards

All Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona Grant recipients must abide by the following standards: Fair Labor Standards All professional performers related or supporting professional personnel employed on projects or Read More

Arts+Learning Grant (Closed)

Supporting teaching artists and arts education projects. Read More

Sponsorships (Closed)

Supporting arts-related events which are free and open to the public, and serve the residents of Southern Arizona. Read More

P.L.A.C.E. Initiative (Closed)

Influential on a national level, this local initiative provided the foundation for the vision of Arts Found Now. Read More

“The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.”

– Junot Diaz

Grant Review Process

All grant applications are evaluated by staff for completeness, followed by a panel comprised of peer and community members (open to the public). The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona Grants Committee and the Board of Directors make final approval on all allocations of funding.

Grants Committee and Panelists

The Grants Committee includes community members with an expertise in the arts, arts management, and/or nonprofit administration. The Grants Committee functions as an advisory group to The Art Foundation’s Board of Directors. Committee members establish guidelines for the application process and review of grant applications and awards, as well as make allocation recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Grants Committee
  • Michele Orduña, Chair

    M.Ed, Arts Advocate-Community Development Professional
    The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona Board Member

  • Amber Kleefeld

    Director of Membership and Donor Services, The Loft Cinema

  • Lane Santa Cruz

    Senior Council Aid, Ward 1
    The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona Board Member

  • Josh Schachter

    Founder & Director, CommunityShare
    Teaching Artist

  • Craig Sumberg

    Executive Director, Fox Theater

Grant Panelists 2017-2018
  • Christine Auerbach
  • Robin Blackwood
  • Fred Bossemeyer
  • Lisa Bowden
  • Loren Breen
  • Tommy Chek
  • Michael Fenlason
  • Brian Ganter
  • Nicholas Havey
  • Marcela Molina
  • Yvonne Montoya
  • Iris Patten
  • Jami Parrish
  • Ginger Porcella
  • Lauren Rabb
  • Christian Ramirez
  • Reuben Roqueni
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