Requests for design work related to a specific facility or an arts space will be considered for support. Proposed work in this phase must produce a tangible design in the form of blueprints, renderings, schematics or other documents necessary for construction, renovation, installation or adaptive reuse of the facility or space in question. There should be evidence of community support for this phase of work. Qualified and certified architects and design professionals must be involved in, and selected, as a part of the application process. A design document will be expected at the end of the grant period. Submission of design work will be required before final grant funds are released.

Criteria of Funding

  • Potential impact of the project to community
  • Strength of the professional team involved with the project
  • Strength of community support and grant match
  • The artistic merit and integrity of the project/facility in question
  • Degree of stability of applicant organization
  • Short and long-term appropriateness of ownership
  • The degree of broad community involvement in all phases of the project.

Who May Apply

Applicants may be any arts organization, non-profit organization or city/county government. Science and technology centers, historic homes, no-art halls of fame, office spaces, non-art museums and schools are not eligible for support under this program. State Agencies and institutions or groups receiving annual state appropriations are also not eligible to apply under this program.


In this component, grant funds must be matched at least dollar for dollar in cash and in-kind services. Grants in the design phase will generally not exceed $50,000.