Community Foundation for Southern Arizona Endowment for the Arts Grant (Closed)

CFSA Endowment for the Arts Grant 2018-2019 – Rural Arts Organizations



CFSA Endowment for the Arts Grant 2018-2019 – Rural Arts Organizations Guidelines

Deadlines for FY 2018-2019

  • Application opens: November 26, 2018
  • Applications due: January 16, 2019
  • Notification letters sent: Week of February 11, 2019



The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) has supported the arts since its founding in 1980. As one of only 7 community foundations to receive a 2:1 challenge grant in 1986 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), CFSA embraced the opportunity to establish a fund to support the work of small- and medium- sized arts organizations based in rural communities. Since 1987, 354 unrestricted operating grants have been distributed totaling $536,390. This year, the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona is pleased to help facilitate the award of these funds.

The goal of the Endowment for the Arts Fund is to assist arts groups develop into organizations that:

  • possess a mission/vision that promotes high quality artistic expression;
  • have an active and engaged Board of Directors; and
  • recruit volunteers and staff members that have a strong relationship with the community.



Specific requirements for the Endowment for the Arts grant round include:

  1. The applicant must be based in a rural community and be a 501(c)(3) in good standing. For the purposes of this grant program, rural is described as a community located in Arizona south of the Gila River, and has a population of 50,000 or less.
  2. The applicant’s annual budget cannot exceed $150,000 a year.
  3. Applicants must be an arts organization that has been providing arts programming for a minimum of three years prior to the submission of this application.
  4. The applicant must serve low-income and/or minority participants. CFSA gives priority to agencies that include representatives of these demographics in all aspects of the organization including production/presentation/exhibition, governance, management and administration, and financial support.
  5. The application has an audience development component as part of its annual goals. CFSA is interested in encouraging arts organizations to become more self-sufficient to the extent that they can, and growing audience is an important strategy.
  6. The maximum amount that can be requested is $5,000.
  7. The grant period is once year in duration, February 2019 – February 2020.


View the grant guidelines and download templates for the Board Roster and Staff Roster documents in the sidebar of this page. Click the APPLY NOW button in the sidebar to get started.


If you have questions about the application process or content of your proposal, please contact Natalia Gabrielsen, Program Coordinator with the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, at

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DueJanuary 16, 2019

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