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.



General Operating Support Grant Guidelines

**Links to apply in Guidelines below.**

Deadlines for FY 2018-2019:

  • Application Opens: Thursday, August 16, 2018
  • Information Session & Workshop: August 30, 2018
  • Application Deadline: Thursday, October 4, 2018

Information Session & Workshop: Thursday, August 30, 2018
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Quincie Douglas Library, Meeting Room
1585 E 36th St, Tucson, AZ 85713

Applicants will receive notification of decisions by Friday, December 7, 2018 and funds will be allocated for recipients’ use by Friday, January 11, 2019.

Upon award, final reports must be completed and submitted by June 28, 2019.


Please note that this funding is available pending approval of contracts for the Arts Foundation from Pima County and City of Tucson.



The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona’s General Operating Support (GOS) Grant provides unrestricted awards to non-profit arts and culture organizations located in Pima County. General Operating Support funds invest in an organization’s mission and impact, rather than a specific project or program, and help to support the infrastructure and operational needs of an organization.

This investment in organizational health works to increase fiscal vitality and economic sustainability among arts and culture organizations within the region. Applicants will be asked to submit a DataArts Funder Report, discuss their mission and goals for the next year, as well as audience demographics and outreach strategies.


SMU | DataArts

GOS applicants are asked to provide their SMU DataArts Funder Report as a portion of their application. DataArts, which recently merged with the National Center for Arts Research at SMU, offers a richly detailed portrait of the finances and activities of applicants, all in one standardized, consolidated platform. DataArts, formerly the Cultural Data Project, was founded to bring the language and leverage of data to the business of culture. The Cultural Data Profile (CDP) is DataArts’ flagship service, which thousands of cultural nonprofits use annually to report their financial and programmatic information. DataArts seeks to be a catalyst for data-informed decision-making.

You can visit for more information.

You can find a recording of the New User Orientation webinar here:

SMU DataArts also holds a live, monthly national webinar on this workshop. Applicants can register for it on their events calendar here:



These funds are administered through four different categories, determined by organizational budget size:

  1. $2,500 Award – Small Category: Organizational budgets below $100,000
  2. $5,000 Award – Mid-sized A Category: Organizational budgets over $100,000 but below $300,000
  3. $5,000 Award – Mid-sized B Category: Organizational budgets over $300,000 but below $1,000,000
  4. $7,500 Award – Large Category: Organizational budgets over $1,000,000



Organizations must have had non-profit status for the last three consecutive years, including the current year. Organizations must have been located within Pima County Limits for the last three consecutive years.

  • 50% of the organization’s programming must be dedicated to arts and culture
  • 50% of the organization’s projects must take place within Pima County on an annual basis.
  • 50% of the organization’s Board of Directors must reside within Pima County.

Organizations must provide evidence of current 501(c)(3) non-profit status.

Organizations must provide registered office address located within Pima County.



The following entities are ineligible to apply:

  • Any agency that receives more than 50% of its total gross income (in the last fiscal year) from a combined total of local public sources (City of Tucson or Pima County)
  • Any division or department of municipal, county, state, or federal government, including elementary schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities and school districts
  • Political and/or religious organizations
  • Private and non-profit schools, except for those whole sole purpose is arts education

Grant funds cannot be used toward:

  • Travel outside of Pima County (Travel within Pima County is acceptable)
  • Tuition costs/class fees
  • Debt retirement, the purchase of real property, or establishing/augmenting an endowment fund



Please see the General Operating Support 2018-2019 Application Guidelines for full details on submitting your application. Applications can be submitted here:


Click to see the GOS Awardees FY2017-2018.


Help Contact

If you encounter any problems with the online application platform, please reach out to the Submittable team at or (855) 467-8264.

View the Arts Foundation’s powerpoint about how to apply, available following the workshop.

If you have questions about the application process or content of your proposal, staff can assist you up until three weekdays before the application deadline – Monday, October 4, 2018. Please contact Natalia Gabrielsen, Program Coordinator, at or (520) 624-0595.

¿Le gustaría que se proporcionen las pautas en español?
¡El personal de Arts Foundation puede ayudar con eso! Por favor, comuníquese con Natalia Gabrielsen, a o (520) 624-0595.

Due October 4, 2018

Current Grantees:

Arizona Theatre Company
Artifact Dance Project
Borderlands Theater
Capoeira Institute Southwest
Casa Libre en la Solana
Children's Museum Tucson
Desert Voices Chorus
Funhouse Movement Theater
Jazz in January, Inc.
Kore Press
Lead Guitar
Literacy Connects/Stories that Soar!
Live Theatre Workshop
Loft Cinema, Inc.
Odaiko Sonora/Rhythm Industry
POG, Inc.
Safos Dance Theatre
Sons of Orpheus – The Male Choir of Tucson
Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra
Southwest Folklife Alliance, Inc.
The Drawing Studio
The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures
The Rogue Theatre
The Symphony Women’s Association
True Concord Voices & Orchestra
Tucson Fringe Festival
Tucson Symphony Orchestra
Unscrewed Theater
Winding Road Theater Ensemble
ZUZI! Inc.
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