(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) – Scottsdale Arts is excited to announce a 66% increase of the annual award pool for its Community Arts Grant Program, which provides funding to Scottsdale and Valley nonprofit arts and cultural organizations for projects that serve the Scottsdale community. The grants are funded by the City of Scottsdale through Scottsdale Arts’ management services agreement.

Scottsdale Arts awarded $100,000 in 2018 to nineteen organizations for general operating support and projects for the 2018-19 fiscal year, based on the recommendation by the Community Arts Grant Panel, an independent group of volunteers.

Dates for the 2019-20 fiscal year grant cycle will be posted here in early 2019.


  • Applicant organization must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts or cultural organization;
  • Applicant organization must have its primary place of business located within the boundaries of the City of Scottsdale, or projects proposed from organizations not based in Scottsdale must primarily serve Scottsdale residents;
  • Applicant organization must have a three-year history of programming prior to the application deadline.

Please refer to the application guidelines for specifics: FY 2018/2019 Application Guidelines

The Scottsdale Cultural Council will NOT consider requests for:

  • Grants to individuals;
  • Multi-year commitments;
  • Building projects, construction, or renovation;
  • Attendance at or travel to conferences, workshops or seminars;
  • Special events, tickets, tables or advertising for fundraising events;
  • After-school programs run by school personnel.

Grant funds are to be expended for activities occurring between July 1 and June 30. A final project or organizational report must be submitted to the Scottsdale Arts within 90 days of the project completion date or by Sept. 30, whichever date is earlier. The post-project report must delineate expenditure of funds and describe the success and challenges of the project or, in the case of general operating support, for activities occurring between July 1 and June 30.

Reminder for Awardees: Final Reports for the FY 2017/18 Grant Cycle are due ninety (90) days after project completion, or by September 30, 2018.

Please include the FY201718 FINAL Project Budget Form (Micro-Project and Project Grants ONLY). For FY 2018/19 use: 2018-2019 FINAL Project Budget Form (filled out after project completion)

The Scottsdale Arts Community Arts Grant program is funded by the City of Scottsdale, and administered and managed by Scottsdale Arts. The Community Arts Grant Program provides funding to Scottsdale-based arts and cultural organizations as well as to Valley arts organizations to foster community engagement, professionalism and long-term growth in Scottsdale’s arts community.

For more information, contact Grants Administrator Kelly Hicks at 480-874-4610 or

Whenever possible, organizations receiving a Scottsdale Arts grant are expected to acknowledge this support in programs, press releases and advertisements with the following language:

“This program is made possible in part by a grant from Scottsdale Arts.” 

Scottsdale Arts logo available here.

Through its dynamic partnership with the City of Scottsdale, the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts (formerly known as Scottsdale Cultural Council) creates diverse, inspired arts experiences and educational and outreach opportunities for the community, while fostering the active engagement of individuals, businesses, education and government with the arts. Since its founding in 1987, Scottsdale Arts has grown into a regionally and nationally significant, multi-disciplinary arts organization offering an exceptional variety of programs through four acclaimed operating divisions – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach, and Scottsdale Public Art – serving more than 400,000 participants annually.