CFSA Endowment for the Arts Grant Round 2019-2020: Rural Arts Organizations

We are currently looking to revise our Endowment for the Arts Grant to better serve our rural arts community, doing this unfortunately means postponing this year’s 19-20 Endowment for the Arts grant.  In January, we plan on contacting organizations in the rural communities to get feedback on how we can use these funds more effectively in the future. We don’t have a set date at this point when these funds will be released to the community but we do hope it’s before the end of July 2020.

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has supported the arts since its founding in 1980. As one of only 7 community foundations to receive a 2:1 challenge grant in 1986 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), CFSA embraced the opportunity to establish a fund to support the work of small- and medium-sized arts organizations based in rural communities. Since 1987, 354 unrestricted operating grants have been distributed for more than $555,000.

The goal of the Endowment for the Arts Fund is to assist arts groups to develop into organizations that:

  • possess a mission/vision that promotes high-quality artistic expression;
  • have an active and engaged Board of Directors; and
  • recruit volunteers and staff members that have a strong relationship with the community.


If you have questions about the application process or content of your proposal, please contact Natalia Gabrielsen, Program Coordinator with the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, at or Enedina Miller, Program Manager with the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, at