Pivot Grant (Closed)

Arts innovation in response to COVID-19

** Closed **


We are so moved and heartened by the overwhelming number of applications to this opportunity, and in awe of the creative response to these unprecedented times. Due to the volume of applications received, the grant status notification date and the fund distribution dates will be amended by two weeks as follows:
  • Grant status notifications will be released by Thursday, May 21.
  • Grant payments will be distributed by the end of May.
Although not ideal, the adjustment in the timeline will help us ensure that the process accommodates the record-setting volume of applications, while fairly honoring each and every submission. Thank you for your participation. Please stay tuned for updates and developments.

Pivot Grant

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Important dates:

  • Application opens: Tuesday, April 7, 2020
  • Application deadline: Wednesday, April 22 (11:59 pm)
  • Notifications sent: Monday, May 4, 2020
  • Funding sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2020



The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona is providing the Pivot Grant to fund artistic projects or programming which have been adapted to alternative methods of sharing (i.e. virtual, digital, socially distant) in response to the ongoing health crisis. Granted awards will range from $500 – $1,000 for individual artists or $1,000 – $2,500 for non-profit (501c3) arts organizations. Submissions may include new, currently in-progress or on-going projects and programming. The Pivot Grant may be used to cover costs associated with these projects or programs, which can include, but is not limited to, staff wages, artist fees, technology, and material costs.

AFTSA can offer a total of $50,000 in support with $25,000 coming from AFTSA and an additional $25,000 in funding added from the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. We anticipate that need will outpace available funds. We will continue to do what we can to support the arts community as the health crisis progresses.


Application Timeline

The condensed deadlines outlined below are meant to get funding out for projects quickly. Please be sure to submit applications as soon as you can. We cannot accept late or incomplete applications.

Recipients will be asked to fill out a brief set of questions about the artistic project or programming and its reach and impact as a final report.

  • Open: Tuesday, April 7, 2020
  • Deadline: Wednesday, April 22 at 11:59 pm
  • Notification: Monday, May 4, 2020
  • Funding: Wednesday, May 13, 2020



This opportunity is open to either individuals or arts organizations, with eligibility described below.

  • Arts organizations with non-profit 501c3 status based in Pima County for at least one year prior to application are eligible to apply.
  • Individual artists based in Pima County for at least one year are eligible to apply. If selected as a recipient, a W9 from an individual will be required.
  • Political and religious organizations, or agencies/divisions of local, county, state, and federal government are ineligible to apply.


Applying to the Pivot Grant

All applications must be completed online using Submittable.com. If you have not used Submittable before, you will need to set up a free account, using your email address. All notifications regarding your grant status from the Submittable portal will be sent to that email address. Be sure to mark notifications as ‘not spam.’

To apply, you will be asked to address the questions listed below.

Applicants may either submit a written proposal (word count below) or submit a video proposal (maximum of four minutes in length). Please choose the method of submission you feel most comfortable using.

  1. Who are you? Introduce yourself or your organization. (100-word limit)
  2. Please identify the project you are proposing for funding. How has your artistic practice, production, or programming pivoted because of the ongoing health crisis? (250-word limit)
  3. What kind of impact does your proposed project or programming have? Please discuss its intended outcome. (250-word limit)
  4. What creative solutions or platforms will you use to widely reach audiences? (200-word limit)
  5. Please submit two additional materials (images, videos, links, etc.) as well as an optional website link to help give the community panel more context for your proposed project or programming.

You will be asked to fill in your requested award amount in Submittable. Please also provide a short, summarized budget for your project (100-word limit).

Please note: Amount awarded may differ from amount requested based on review results and available funds.


To begin your Pivot Grant application, please visit the link below.



Review Process

Applications will be scored according to the following review criteria by a community review panel:

The AFTSA Grants Committee will review scoring to determine amount awarded per application. The Board of Directors will review and approve final funding recommendations.

  • 25 points – The applicant has a prior record of high-quality artistic production, demonstrating excellence in their artistic work.
  • 25 points – The applicant demonstrates creativity, ability, and willingness to share their work with an audience, virtually or otherwise.
  • 25 points – The applicant shows a capacity for innovation and adaptability in their artistic practice, production, or programming.


Technical Difficulties?

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

If you have questions about the application process or content of your proposal, please contact Natalia Gabrielsen, Grants and Services Manager, at ngabrielsen@artsfoundtucson.org or (520) 624-0595.

Due April 22, 2020

Grantees Funded In:

  • 2020
  • All
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