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Tempe Arts Grants are available to non-profit organizations providing inclusive arts and culture programming in Tempe. Arts Grants support a commitment to advancing Tempe as a vibrant and progressive community for cultural and artistic activity, and aims to fulfill the following recommendations from the Arts and Culture Plan and from Public Art and Cultural Amenities Goals from the General Plan 2040:

  • Increase and promote Community-Initiated Arts projects
  • Increase culturally diverse programming at the TCA
  • Support community festivals celebrating cultural diversity
  • Continue, expand and enhance informal arts programming provided in community settings
  • Collaborate with community partners and educational institutions (GP2040)
  • Enhance art that supports, educates and enriches the community (GP2040)

Amount: Up to $10,000 – requires equally matching cash contributions

Deadline: July 6th, 2020 at 11:59pm  

How to Apply: All applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with city staff before completing the application. Online scheduling poll and application found at www.tempe.gov/artsgrants. Sign up for a one-hour mentoring session with Maja Aurora, Director of Arts Engagement. Sessions are held at Connections Cafe inside the Tempe Public Library (3500 S. Rural Road). 


  • Requests may include services of artists, arts educators, professional services, supplies, stipends, production costs, space rental, travel, food, marketing and printing.  

Program structures may include:

  • Programming with Youth
  • Within Schools 
  • Within Community 
  • Programming with Community 
  • Festivals 
  • Multiple programming throughout the year
  • Programming at Tempe Center for the Arts 
  • Festivals or a Performance
  • Multiple programming throughout the year 


  • Non-Profit organizations providing arts programming in Tempe
  • Applicants are only eligible to receive one Arts Grant per year (August 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021), with one exception: applicants may also apply for and receive a Museum Series Grant even if they have already received an Arts Grant.


This grant does not fund:

  • activities that occur outside of the City of Tempe
  • projects that enhance a facilities exterior facade (i.e. Murals or permanent infrastructure)
  • construction or renovation of facilities, capital expenditures, reduction of debt, feasibility studies, receptions, fundraising, lobbying expenses, re-granting, scholarship programs or awards
  • an organization or learning institution’s administrative or artistic staff salaries; grant administration, overhead or processing fees taken by an umbrella/parent organization as a percentage of the total award
  • organizations that are incorporated for religious purposes or projects that focus on religious themes
  • university- or college-sponsored projects or unless they are open to non-credit participants
  • an applicant who failed to submit a Final Report from a previously funded grant

Review Process:

To ensure fairness in the distribution of public funds, applications will be reviewed by an Arts Grant Review Panel comprised of Tempe residents, artists, arts educators, representatives from the Tempe Arts and Culture Commission and the Tempe business community. Please note that the review process is competitive and based on available funds, some applications may receive partial or no funding. The Panel will recommend awards to the Tempe City Council, which will vote on issuing the grants.  

Final Report:
Within 60 days of completing the project, a Final Report must be submitted. The report will include a summary of the project, actual budget and professional quality images. The grant recipient agrees to give the City of Tempe the rights to use any materials submitted in the Final Report for data collection and promotional purposes.

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