About the Program

Scottsdale Arts administers the 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 2020 to 16 organizations for general operating support and projects for the 2019–20 fiscal year, based on recommendations by the Community Arts Grant Panel, an independent group of volunteers.

Dates for the 2022–23 fiscal year grant cycle will be posted May 2022.

FY 2021/2022 Community Arts Grant Deadlines

Applications for FY21-22 are closed, please visit our website again in Spring 2022.


  • Applicant organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts or cultural organization;
  • Awards will be considered for applications from Scottsdale-based and non-Scottsdale-based organizations that provide specific programs and activities for Scottsdale residents and visitors within Scottsdale;
  • Applicant organization must have a three-year history of programming prior to the application deadline.

Please refer to the application guidelines for specifics: FY 2021/2022 Application Guidelines

Scottsdale Arts 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;
  • Tickets, tables, or advertising for fundraising events;
  • After-school programs run by school personnel.

Grant funds are to be expended for activities occurring between September 1, 2021, and September 30, 2022. A final project or organizational report must be submitted to Scottsdale Arts within 90 days of the project completion date or by September 30, 2022, 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 September 1, 2021, and September 30, 2022.

Reminder for Awardees: Final Reports for the FY 2020/21 Grant Cycle are due 90 days after project completion or by September 30, 2021.

Please include the FY2020/21 FINAL Project Budget Form

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 Cassandra Buruato, grants administrator, at 480-874-4660 or CassandraB@ScottsdaleArts.org.

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 branches—Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Scottsdale Public Art, and Scottsdale Arts Education & Outreach—serving more than 400,000 participants annually.