About the TPAC Grant Program

The Grants Program provides financial support to individual artists, community-based arts projects, and arts organizations operating throughout Tucson and Pima County. Grant awards begin with an application process that includes evaluation by staff, and then a peer and community panel review. The panel process is open to the public.

Explore Opportunities and Deadlines.

TPAC works to establish new partnerships and funding sources that positively impact the community. Recent successes include relationships with local and national foundations to support funding for the arts.

Looking for grant writing resources? Click here to access the Pima County Public Library’s Grants and Nonprofit Info Center.

For Grantees: Click here to access TPAC logos available for download.


Life cycle of a grant application at TPAC:



Introducing our new Grants Program Manager

We are pleased to announce our latest addition to the TPAC staff, Denise Uyehara, who comes to us with over 25 years experience as a working artist, arts administrator and university lecturer.



I’m the new Grants Program Manager for the Tucson Pima Arts Council.  I want to express my great thanks to you for being patient while TPAC is adjusting to changes in staff.  As many of you are aware, our previous Grants Manager, Leia Maahs, began her new position with the Southwest Folklife Alliance at the end of 2014, and Stephanie Papaefthemiou was the mighty Interim Grants Manager during this time.

While these are big shoes for me to fill, I’m up for the task.  I come to TPAC with over 25 years experience in interdisciplinary performance art and writing, exploring individual and collective memory.  Since moving to Tucson in 2006 from Los Angeles, I’ve been creating work with local artists around immigration, identity and sovereignty issues.  Earlier projects focused on queer and gender narratives, Okinawan American identity, and the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II.  More information here.

I also periodically lecture at the university level and have years of arts related administration experience.  I’ve received support from the MAP Fund, The Arizona Commission on the Arts Research and Development Grant, the National Performance Network Creation Fund and the California Community Foundation.  Having served on grant panels at the local, state and regional level, and having applied for many of these opportunities myself, I know the effort that goes into crafting a good proposal, and the time it takes to review them.

I look forward to working with you as TPAC continues its funding for local artists and arts organizations.  Take a look at current and upcoming TPAC funding opportunities. Grants Opportunities & Deadlines.

It’s an exciting time to be making art in Tucson and Pima County!


Denise Uyehara