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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 $614,390.

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.

Applications for our annual Endowment for the Arts grant round will open on February 3, 2023. If you are an arts organization based in and serving a rural community in Southern Arizona and meet the eligibility requirements, please contact Enedina Miller, Program Manager with the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona at to learn more about the application process.

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.

Endowment for the Arts 2023 Grant Round Eligibility Requirements

  1. The applicant must be based in a rural community and be a 501(c)(3) in good standing. For the purposes of this grant program, rural is described as a community located in Arizona south of the Gila River, and has a population of 50,000 or less.
  2. The applicant’s annual budget cannot exceed $150,000 a year.
  3. Applicants must be an arts organization that has been providing arts programming for a minimum of three years prior to the submission of this application.
  4. The applicant must serve low-income and/or minority participants. CFSA gives priority to agencies that include representatives of these demographics in all aspects of the organization including production/presentation/exhibition, governance, management and administration, and financial support.
  5. The application has an audience development component as part of its annual goals. CFSA is interested in encouraging arts organizations to become self-sufficient to the extent that they can, and growing audience is an important strategy.
  6. Grants range from $5,000- $15,000.

Important Dates for the 2023 Grant Round:

  • February 3, 2023 – Proposals Requested
  • March 3, 2023 – Proposals Due
  • Week of April 3, 2022 – Notifications sent

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.

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