Tempe awards over $300K in grant funding to artists and nonprofits

Jul 25, 2022, 4:05 AM

(City of Tempe Photo)...

(City of Tempe Photo)

(City of Tempe Photo)

PHOENIX — The city of Tempe recently announced $300,000 in grant funding for 38 artists and nonprofits in the Valley.

Grants were given to applicants that provided inclusive arts and culture programming in Tempe, the city said in a press release.

Just over $257,000 was awarded through 38 grants, while $42,400 will go toward other grant categories in the fall.

“This fiscal year, the Tempe City Council supported a 50% increase in community arts grant funding, totaling $300,000,” Brendan Ross, deputy community services director for Arts and Culture, said in the release.

“This new level of investment is significant to artists and organizations who have endured upheaval as a result of COVID-19 and will advance goals to ignite creative vibrancy, support capacity building and grow community connections.”

A majority of the recipients received the Wavemaker Art grant, which included HeARTsy, Ballet Arizona, Rising Youth Theatre and Phoenix Gay Men’s Chorus.

Recipients for the Vibrant City Art Grant included BoxTLunch, Little Something Press and Tempe Artists Guild.

Projects will be found across the city in schools, theaters and parks.

Representatives from Tempe Arts and Culture Commission, African American Advisory Committee, Tempe Tourism and local arts educators and students conducted the review process.

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Tempe awards over $300K in grant funding to artists and nonprofits