TUCSON, AZ – The Arts Foundation is pleased to announce the opening Project Mesquite: 2023 Grants for Organizations. The Arts Foundation, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Tucson, will accept proposals for funding from cultural organizations in Tucson and Southern Arizona. The funding comes from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). ARPA is designed to fuel the nation’s recovery from the devastating economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds are intended to help support jobs in the arts sector, keep the doors open to arts organizations nationwide and assist the field in its response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Arts Foundation will steward ARPA funds to complement a 3-year initiative to equitably rebuild arts economies in the borderlands and strengthen civic participation. Organization Grants will invest in Southern Arizona’s arts economy to 1) Restore/create jobs and 2) Incentivize arts & civic engagement.
The grant program is open to arts organizations located within the Arts Foundation’s service area, which includes counties and Tribal Nations that reside between the southern edges of the Gila River to the US-Mexico international border. Organization Grants intend to make awards of up to $10,000 that will impact a broad constituency. This includes a wide geographic range and organizations that support underserved populations such as those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.
The deadline for organizations and Tribal Nations interested in applying for Organization Grants is Thursday, July 13, 2023.