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.


The GOS grant is designed to support non-profit arts and cultural organizations that reside and operate within the City of Tucson. GOS grants help to sustain and grow the cultural vitality of our non-profit arts and cultural sector by supporting the presentation, aesthetic advancement, and engagement with art and culture in our region.

From improving fundraising efforts to paying an auditor, this grant is intended to offset costs that keep an organization from fulfilling the full potential of its mission. We know that GOS is among the most difficult funding to secure in this economic climate, and for this reason, the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona will remain committed to offering this funding stream.

The GOS grant offers organizations an opportunity to reflect on how they serve the public at large and find ways of strengthening their capacity and economic viability.

We do this by:

  • Prompting creative thinking in organizational management.
  • Ensuring that The Arts Foundation’s grantees provide the public with opportunities to engage in art and cultural expression as a means of social and cultural development. 
  • Supporting the economic development of the cultural sector. 
  • Award amounts are made this year according to an organization’s budget size.


If you have any questions, please contact Natalia Gabrielsen, Grants Program Coordinator, at


Click the following link to see the GOS Awardees FY2017-2018.


GOS Application for 2017-2018 is now closed.

Important dates

GOS Application Opens:
Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

GOS Workshop:
Wednesday, August 23, 2017, from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m., at Connect Coworking, 33 S. Fifth Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701. Please RSVP to Natalia Gabrielsen, Grants Program Coordinator, at

GOS Deadline:
Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.

Award Notifications:
Wednesday, October 25, 2017.


Who is eligible?

  • All organizations must operate within Tucson city limits.
    • 30 percent of the organization’s projects must be produced on an annual basis in Tucson.
    • Applicants must have a history of programming within Tucson for three consecutive years that includes the current year.
    • 30 percent of the organization’s Board of Directors must reside in Tucson or Pima County.
    • The organization must maintain an office presence with a physical address in Tucson.
  • Organizations must provide evidence of current 501 (c)(3) non-profit status.
  • At least 50 percent of the organization’s programming must be arts and culture based.
  • Applicants must have recently completed two years of the Arizona Cultural Data Project (Data Arts) organizational profile.
  • If you have been awarded a GOS grant in the last grant cycle (2016-2017) you must have sent in your Data Arts report prior to applying for the 2017-2018 GOS grant.
  • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.


The following entities are not eligible to apply:

  • Any agency that receives more than 50 percent 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, high schools, colleges, universities, and school districts.
  • Political and/or religious organizations and committees.
  • Private and non-profit schools (except for those whose sole purpose is arts education).

Grants cannot be awarded for:

  • Travel outside Pima County (travel into Pima County is acceptable).
  • Debt retirement, capital improvement, purchase of real property, tuition costs, refreshment costs, or establishing or augmenting an endowment fund.

Start your application

Please be sure to read the “2017-2018 GOS (General Operating Support) Grant Application and Guidelines” located on the “Materials” section of this page before submitting your application. Funding allocations are made according to your organization’s budget size. Please click the appropriate category link below:

DataArts (formerly Arizona Cultural Data Project)

The Arts Foundation serves the arts in Tucson and Southern Arizona by collecting and analyzing data from arts organizations and funders to asses the health of organizations and artist services. The information the Arts Foundation collects unlocks insight that continues to inform local policy, cultural planning, and strategic planning for the region. The Arts Foundation works with DataArts to glean information that illuminates local trends, reveals the impact of arts in our region, and helps us plan for the future of our arts community.


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Current Grantees:

Arizona Theatre Company
Artifact Dance Project
Borderlands Theater
Capoeira Institute Southwest
Casa Libre en la Solana
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 Children's Museum
Tucson Fringe Festival
Tucson Symphony Society
Unscrewed Theater
Winding Road Theater Ensemble
ZUZI! Inc.
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