AAT Grant Information

Local arts organizations that meet the eligibility requirements can apply each year for an Arts Alliance Tulsa grant. Once the applications are reviewed and approved, by an AAT board-appointed committee, the applicant will become an Alliance Member organization for that year.

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 must have an active board of directors.
  • Organization should 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.

  • Grant applications go live at artstulsa.org by the mid-November or no later that the first week of  December each year.
  • Organizations are notified of their grant status within the first week of February of the following year.
  • Grants are awarded to each AAT organization in the month of December of the following year.
  • Due to holiday events and staff vacation, we strongly suggest studying your application from the previous year, if you have applied in the past. Please use questions from former applications to gather information in advance, it will make your process smoother.
  • WE ARE AWARE THAT YOU MAY NOT HAVE YOUR TAX INFORMATION FOR THE IMMEDIATE YEAR PRIOR. WE ASK FOR YOUR MOST RECENT COMPLETED AND OFFICIAL TAX/FINANCIAL INFORMATION. PLEASE NOTE: the same tax/financial records will not be accepted two years in a row. This simply means all official records you submit for an AAT grant should have advanced to the next filing year.
  • The granting cycle is a 12-month (one calendar year) process from start to finish.

All information provided by each arts organization is given to the Membership and Allocations Committee to study in advance of the annual Alliance Membership meeting. Each Organization’s provided application and support material is discussed and the most balanced group of grantees is created.

  • What is considered?
    -Does the org meet all eligibility requirements?
    -Do they support art in areas that are unique or in underserved communities?
    -What is the economic impact of this org. on the community at large?
    -What is the reach of the the org. within the community?
    -What educational opportunities do they offer and what is the reach (Numbers participating)?
    -All demographic information is noted.
    -If a returning org,. how did you work with AAT toward a successful campaign result? Were you an active participant?
    -If a returning org., how was your grant used to further your org.?
    -How is the org. working to further itself?
    -Is the org. sustainable?
    -What final combination of orgs. creates the best possible mix of visual arts, performing arts, demographical diversity, uniqueness, impact and positioning of Tulsa within the region.

A sub-committee of AAT’s Board of Directors, that have specific interest and talent/history in allocations, review all numbers and stats provided. The determination is made based on the numbers provided. Traditionally, UAFs fund unrestricted operating support to the core institutions that define their city’s cultural identity–the symphony, ballet, opera, theater, museums, arts education, and more. Today, grant allocations are increasingly more open to the diversity of the community, requiring member organizations to reflect the differences and needs of the whole community.  Annual grants are rewarded according to the organizations’ previous fundraising results. In addition to grant monies, UAFs provide continued umbrella arts marketing and audience development support to local communities.

·Apply annually for the AAT 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.

·In order to continue to track economic impact of the arts to our city, we will need for you to share your organization’s statistics and analytics during the application process. This information assists with a more accurate view on the economic impact of our arts organizations and cultural tourism that arts bring to our city.

Unlike foundations or government grants, the amount granted to AAT member organizations is a direct result of the fundraising efforts of all associated with AAT.  It is in the best interest of every member to promote, support, be participative and foster a positive attitude for AAT and its members.

No. This is an application for a grant. The word “Member” refers to all accepted organizations as “members” of an alliance.

Alliance  noun
al·​li·​ance | ~Merriam-Webster : an association to further the common interests of the members.

Not only does an organization not have to pay fees, they receive discounts and limited comp tickets to certain AAT fundraising events.

No. We not only want you to continue to work to better your organization, if accepted for an ATT grant, your pay-out is dependent on the contributed revenue you generate that year. AAT’s fundraising and marketing efforts are intended to supplement your continued great work.

It is not in our mission to be a programing entity.

We present annual fundraising events and grow unique funding initiatives (see: JHC Society and AAT Home) that connect to our diverse community and create the opportunity for continued and sustainable funding by businesses and individuals.