Tucson, AZ, April 16, 2024 – The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Tucson, and Pima County will accept proposals for funding from arts and culture organizations in Tucson and Southern Arizona.  


The Arts Foundation will steward local, regional and federal funds to complement a 3-year initiative to equitably rebuild arts economies in the borderlands and strengthen civic participation. Operating Support Grants will invest in Southern Arizona’s arts economy to 1) Restore/create jobs and 2) Incentivize arts & civic engagement. 


The grant program is open to 501(c)3 Arts Organizations based in the Arts Foundation’s service area, which spans from the southern edges of the Gila River to the US-Mexico international border, including counties and Tribal Nations. This includes Pima, Santa Cruz and Cochise counties and southern portions of Pinal, Yuma, Greenlee, Graham, Maricopa County and/or Tribal Nations of Ak-Chin Indian Community, Sovereign Nation of the Cocopahs, Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation, Gila River Indian Community, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Tohono O’odham Nation, San Carlos Apache Nation. 


*Fiscally sponsored organizations residing within Pima County may apply. Operating Support Grants intend to make awards that will impact a broad constituency. This includes a wide geographic range and organizations that support underserved populations such as those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.  


“This year, we have a dual funding approach to best serve the diverse needs throughout our region. Through generous funding from the City of Tucson and Pima County, arts organizations residing in those jurisdictions may apply for operational expenses," states Adriana Gallego, Executive Director of the Arts Foundation. " Thanks to support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Non-profit Arts Organizations in Southern Arizona that reside outside of Pima County may request funding to pay for artist fees, artist contracts, or artist employment. The arts-worker centered subgranting program in Southern Arizona focuses on hiring artists at any stage in their career to deliver quality arts programming and services that meet the needs of their self-described communities.” 


Grant Details: 

  • Due Date: Thursday, May 9, 2024 by 11:59pm 

  • Budget/Award Range: $5,000 - $10,000 

  • Funders: City of Tucson, Pima County, and National Endowment for the Arts 

  • Eligibility: 501(c)3 Arts Organizations in City of Tucson, Pima County, Southern Arizona, and Tribal Nations. *Fiscally Sponsored Arts Organizations within Pima County are eligible. 


Applicants are required to complete an online application form, detailing their contact information, artistic mission, arts programming, demographics, and budget.