stART Mini-Grant (Closed)

Community Impact and Artist Resource Mini-Grants

**Currently Closed**

stART Grant Guidelines

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Important Dates for FY 2019-2020: 

  • Application Opens: Monday, July 8, 2019
  • stART Information Session:
    • July 30, 2019 | 5:00 pm
      Historic Brings Coworking, Large Conference Room
      236 S. Scott Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701
  • Application Deadline: Tuesday, August 27, 2019
  • Decision Notifications: Friday, September 27, 2019
  • Funds Available: Friday, November 1, 2019

Award amounts: $500-$1,000.



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, from 8:00 am – 11:00 am
  • Wednesday, August 21, from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 28, from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Missed the stART Mini-Grant Information Session? 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 stART Mini-Grants provide awards of $500 – $1,000 through two alternate tracks of support:

  1. The Community Impact track provides financial support to individuals, groups or organizations for projects that will positively impact a community through an artistic endeavor.
  2. The Artist Resource track provides financial support to artists for whom a specific, practice-related capital resource will make an impact on their artistic practice.

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

We want to make this grant as easy as possible to apply for and so are inviting applicants to submit an application to the stART Mini-Grant 2018-2019 in the form of a simple video.


Focus of funding

Arts Foundation funding can be used for:

  1. Projects that will strengthen cultural participation within a defined community.
  2. Artist resources could be used for capital (material) purchases, space rental, or any other specific resource need that will further an artist’s project or practice.



  • Organizations (or individuals/groups) based in Pima County for at least one year are eligible to apply for the Community Impact track. If selected as a recipient, a W9 from either a non-profit (501c3) organization or an individual will be required.
  • Individual artists based in Pima County for at least one year are eligible to apply for the Artist Resource track. If selected as a recipient, a W9 from an individual will be required.
  • In order to ensure broad distribution of the Arts Foundation’s grant funds, organizations that received a General Operating Support Grant within the last two fiscal years (July 2017 – June 2019) or artists who received the New Works Artist Project Grant within the last fiscal year (July 2018 – June 2019) are ineligible to apply.
  • Political and religious organizations, or agencies/divisions of local, county, state, and federal government are ineligible to apply.



Grants cannot be used toward tuition costs/class fees, debt retirement, the purchase of real property, or establishing/augmenting an endowment fund.



The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona uses Submittable, an online, third-party platform to accept all grant applications and other grant related materials. All applications must be completed online using If you have not used Submittable before, you will need to set up a free account, using your email address.

  • Be sure to use an email address through which you can reliably be reached.
  • All notifications regarding your grant status from the Submittable portal will be sent to this email address. Be sure to mark it as ‘not spam.’

In the application, provide the amount you are requesting for your project.

Please note: Amount awarded may differ from amount requested based on both review results and available funds. Amount awarded will range between $500 to $1,000.

Please submit a short, simple video, no longer than four (4) minutes in length, addressing the questions listed below.

  1. Who are you? Introduce yourself, your organization, or your community.
  2. What is your project or material resource need?
  3. Explain your project or material resource for which you are requesting funds. Please use visuals or work samples if possible. How did you determine there was a need for this project or resource?
  4. Why are you excited about this project or having this resource? What is it going to make possible for your community or for your art practice?
  5. How will you measure the success of the project/resource?


Submitting in Video

This video will not be assessed on the production quality of the video – please feel free to use the video function on your phone – it is the content of your answers to the questions that will be evaluated by the review panel. If a video goes over four minutes in length, review panelists will only evaluate based on the first four minutes of the video.

There are many ways to film a short video; you can film a video on a digital camera, your cell phone, or a webcam on a computer. Feel free to incorporate other images or examples you might have. Videos may be uploaded as a file or linked from a video hosting site (such as Youtube or Vimeo) by a URL in the Submittable application portal.

You can view examples of videos from last year’s stART Mini-Grant here:

You can find the application and begin your submission here:

  • Would you like access to a digital camera or a computer to help with your video?
    Arts Foundation staff can help with that! Please reach out to Natalia Gabrielsen, Program Coordinator, for details at or (520) 624-0595.


Awardee Contract

Awardees are required to:

  1. Credit the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona in all media materials used in connection with the funded project, including use of the Arts Foundation’s logo. (Example: “This program is partially funded by the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona with funds from the City of Tucson and Pima County.”)
  2. Submit to the Arts Foundation, via a brief video, a short final report assessing the outcomes of the funding (no more than four (4) minutes in length). These will be submitted online through Submittable by the end of the fiscal year on June 28, 2019.

The Arts Foundation must be made aware of outstanding grant applications currently under consideration or recent awards for the same project.


If you have any questions about the application process or content of your proposal, please contact Natalia Gabrielsen, Program Coordinator, at or (520) 624-0595.

Due August 27, 2019
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