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 our Year of Grants Funding Calendar: 2017-2018.

General Operating Support

General Operating Support (GOS) is unrestricted funding that gives grantees the rare opportunity to fund the day-to-day needs of a non-profit organization. Read More

New Works

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

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

stART Grants

Community Cultural Development 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

Sponsorships

This opportunity will provide funds to support arts-related events which are free and open to the public, and serve the residents of Southern Arizona. This sponsorship opportunity will provide partial funding in the form of small awards to organizations for arts-related activities. 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. This grant is now closed. 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
  • Jim Glock

    Arts Advocate, The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona Board Chair

  • Karen Thompson Hymer

    Artist

  • Michele Orduña

    M.Ed, Arts Advocate-Community Development Professional

  • Josh Schachter

    Teaching Artist

  • Craig Sumberg

    Executive Director, Fox Theater

  • John-Peter Wilhite

    Director of Donor Relations, YWCA Southern Arizona

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