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.

**Currently Closed**

General Operating Support Grant Guidelines

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Important Dates for FY 2019-2020:

  • Application Opens: Monday, July 8, 2019
  • Information Sessions & Workshops: July 30, 2019 and September 9, 2019

    • July 30, 2019 | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
      Historic Brings Coworking, Large Conference Room
      236 S. Scott Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701
    • September 9, 2019 | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
      Historic Brings Coworking, Large Conference Room
      236 S. Scott Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701
  • Application Deadline: Friday, October 4, 2019
  • Decision Notifications: Monday, December 2, 2019
  • Funds Available: Friday, January 10, 2020
  • Completed and Submitted Final Reports (upon award): Tuesday, June 30, 2020



Staff will be available for brief 20-minute appointments at Historic Brings Coworking to answer questions or discuss your application. Appointments are required to ensure we have time to serve everyone. Please register here:

  • Monday, August 12 – Appointments available between 8:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Wednesday, August 21 – Appointments available between 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 28 – Appointments available between 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, September 12 – Appointments available between 8:00 am and 10:00 am
  • Monday, September 16 – Appointments available between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 25 – Appointments available between 8:00 am and 11:00 am
  • Monday, September 30 – Appointments available between 3:00 pm and 6:00pm

Unable to attend one of the GOS Information Sessions? Watch video of the session here!

Please download the grant guidelines in the right-hand sidebar for full details.



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. GOS 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.

Community impact and organizational sustainability are two of the top priorities identified in the Three Year Strategic Plan guiding the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona (AFTSA) until 2021. Implicit in AFTSA’s vision is a desire for diverse arts organizations within Pima County to be able to engage in their craft without having to struggle economically.

This investment in organizational health through the GOS Grant works to increase fiscal vitality and economic sustainability among arts and culture organizations within the region. Applicants will be asked to submit their SMU DataArts Funder Report, discuss their mission and goals for the next year, as well as audience demographics and outreach strategies to help the Arts Foundation determine if and how well we are meeting our goals.


SMU | DataArts

Applicants to the General Operating Support Grant are asked to submit their SMU DataArts Funder Report as a portion of the application. These reports offer a richly detailed portrait of the finances and activities of applicants, all in one standardized, consolidated platform. For resources to guide you through the process of generating your organization’s SMU DataArts Funder Report, see the resource guide available for download in the right-hand column sidebar.

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. Award amounts will be determined based on the organization’s score, amount of funding available, and number of awards that can be made in each category. The ranges for the awards per category are below.

  • Category 1: Budgets of $24,999 and under | Award range of $1,000 – $3,000
  • Category 2: Budgets between $25,000 and $99,999 | Award range of $2,500 – $5,000
  • Category 3: Budgets between $100,000 and $549,999 | Award range of $5,000 – $7,500
  • Category 4: Budgets above $550,000 | Award range of $7,500 – $10,000



To be eligible, organizations must have had 501c3 non-profit status for the last three consecutive years, including the current year. For this GOS Grant 2019-2020 cycle, organizations with a date of determination in the year 2016 or prior are eligible.

  • Organizations must provide evidence of current 501c3 status, as well as their official registered office address.
  • 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 the arts.
  • 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 that have received prior awards from AFTSA and are eligible for the General Operating Support Grant must have completed all necessary final reports, including from the previous 2018-2019 fiscal year.



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:

  • Tuition costs/class fees
  • Debt retirement, the purchase of real property, or establishing/augmenting an endowment fund



Please see the General Operating Support 2019-2020 Application Guidelines for full details on submitting your application. Applications can be submitted here.


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, September 30, 2019. Please contact Natalia Gabrielsen, Program Coordinator, at or (520) 624-0595.

Grantees Funded In: 2018-2019

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