Member FAQs

No. We want you to continue to work to better your organization. AAT’s fundraising and marketing efforts are intended to supplement your continued great work.

No! AATs mission is to secure revenue from resources not currently available to you.

In recent decades, state and federal funding of the arts has steadily declined. Today, almost all funding of organizations is generated locally. Tulsa civic leaders recognize we must find new and additional funding from within our community. Because United Arts Funds increase corporate and workplace/individual giving in their communities, it is time for Tulsa to join the other 50 U.S. cities that currently benefit from such an organization.

Local arts organizations that meet the eligibility requirements will apply each year for an Arts Alliance Tulsa grant. Once approved by an independent funding panel, the applicant will become an Alliance organization for that year. AAT fundraising and marketing benefits will be provided to the member organizations.

Fundraising –  AAT will spend its campaign season raising that money from primarily heretofore-untapped resources along with purshing traditional grant applications..

Support – AAT is here to help your organization succeed. The AAT staff is always available to answer questions and provide advice and counsel. For example, we will be collecting and maintaining data that could be used when you apply for other grants. As we grow,  we wish to support established local organizations in helping present workshops that reflect our cities unique growth needs.

Audience Development – Helping grow audiences for all of Tulsa Arts is a primary mission of AAT. We will market the arts as a whole to our City and eventually to our state, our region and even the nationally. This should be a coordinated effort with existing organizations.

Responsible investment and allocation of resources – Each organization is vetted to make sure best business practices, status of non-profit and tax requirements are all met in order to insure our donors are placing their trust and support into organizations that have passed needed requirements for any responsible investment.

·Apply annually for the member organization grant.

·Market your organization as a member of Arts Alliance Tulsa.

·Place the Arts Alliance Tulsa logo on all promotional material.

·Provide your organization’s calendar events to AAT in order for  us to help  promote your events.

·Participate in AAT fundraisers and the annual campaign. (Two comp tickets are given to each Alliance Member)

·We have begun an accurate “big-picture” look at how the arts impact our city. In order to continue that, we will need for you to share your organization’s statistics and analytics during the application process. This assists with economic impact and cultural tourism that arts bring.

Grant Eligibility Criteria

  • Only EITHER non-profit arts, history, or culture organizations with 501(c)(3) state and federal tax-exempt status operating within the City of Tulsa, that have arts, history, or culture as its primary purpose and that provide those services and programs of significant quality and impact for the general public may apply.
  • Organizations must have completed three full years of continuous operation (application deadline must be at least two years from the date of 501(c)(3) determination).
  • Organization’s activities must be open and accessible to the general public.
  • Organization must be located in, serve, and benefit the City of Tulsa.
  • Organization’s mission must have arts, history, and/or culture as its primary purpose.
  • Organization cannot carry an accumulated deficit of more than 40% of its annual budget.
  • Organization must have an active board of directors.
  • Organization must have a well-defined annual operating plan and budget and at least a two-year strategic or long-range plan.

Organization must have non-discrimination, conflict of interest, and accessibility policies.

Grants are made to Alliance Member organizations annually based on a fair and equitable formula.