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 giving in their communities, it is time for Tulsa to join the other 60 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 a member organization for that year. AAT fundraising and marketing benefits will be provided to the member organizations.

Fundraising – member organizations will receive an annual grant based on an amount determined by an independent funding panel. AAT will spend its campaign season raising that money from primarily heretofore-untapped resources.

Support Services – 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 maintain data that could be used when you apply for other grants. As we grow, workshops that reflect our unique needs will be developed.

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 state, our region and even nationally. One of our key products will be an Arts Sampler. AAT will actually sell tickets for member organizations that participate in this program.

·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 marketing materials to AAT in order for  us to   promote your events.

·Participate in the Arts Sampler by providing tickets at a discounted rate.

·Participate in AAT fundraisers and the annual campaign.

·We will begin to create an accurate big-picture look at how the arts impact our city. In order to do that, we will need for you to share your organization’s statistics and analytics during the application process.

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.

  • By an organizations budget as reflected in their Form 990.
  • Fund allocations are decided by an independent funding panel, staff of AAT does not make funding amount decisions.
  • All donations to AAT and funds dealing with all things AAT are handled by Tulsa Community Foundation.
  • Fund goals for organizations are just that, a goal. AAT works to reach the estimated goal for each member organization. If the campaign goal comes in at 60% of the main goal, each member organization receives 60% of their projected grant amount.
  • Applications continue to evolve based on needed statistics and materials from applicants. This is for accuracy in AAT’s annual reports and for documented proof (i.e. official reports on ticketing for the past season.) of each organizations information. The goal is to ensure an even and fair starting point for all.