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CFSA Endowment for the Arts

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) 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.

The goal of the Endowment for the Arts Fund is to assist arts groups in developing 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.

Since 1987, 364 unrestricted operating grants have been distributed totaling $616,390.

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona’s is offering the Endowment for the Arts grant by invite only. Our hope is to focus in on the arts organizations in rural communities, learn more about the work that is being done in these communities, enhance our knowledge of that work and increase the amount of funding per organization. This will ensure that our granting dollars are making the most impact in southern Arizona’s rural arts communities.

If you are a rural arts organization, we encourage you to contact us.  We are always seeking to learn more about what both emerging and established art organizations are doing.


The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona would like to announce the Endowment for the Arts 2022 grantees:

Ajo Council for the Fine Arts

The mission of Ajo Council for the Fine Arts is to bring performing, visual, educational and entertaining art activities to Ajo and western Pima County, to provide a venue for local artists to sell their work, and to promote art education in Western Pima County.

Central School Projects

Founded in 1985, our 3-fold mission is: provide affordable studio space to artists; historically preserve the 1905 facility; and foster appreciation for the arts in our community which includes: delivering arts learning and art exposure opportunities at no or low cost for a multigenerational, low income, and diverse public.


Previous Award Recipients

2021

  • Border Arts Corridor
  • Bi-National Arts Institute

2020

  • Border Arts Corridor
  • Patagonia Creative Arts Association

2019

  • Border Arts Corridor
  • Patagonia Creative Arts Association

2018

  • Ajo Council for the Fine Arts
  • Benson Clean and Beautiful Inc.
  • Central School Project, Inc.
  • Patagonia Creative Arts Association

2017

  • Central School Project, Inc.
  • Dancing in the Streets
  • Patagonia Creative Arts Association
  • The Bisbee Radio Project Incorporated

2016

  • Ajo Council for the Fine Arts
  • The Bisbee Radio Project Incorporated
  • Central School Project, Inc.
  • Green Valley Community Chorus
  • Patagonia Creative Arts Association
  • Willcox Historic Theater Preservation, Inc.

2015

  • The Bisbee Radio Project, Inc.
  • Central School Project, Inc.
  • Cowboy Poets, Inc.
  • Patagonia Creative Arts Association
  • Patrons of the Arts
  • Santa Cruz Advocates for the Arts
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