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This year, the City of Flagstaff has increased its investment in the non-profit arts and sciences sector. Funding for fiscal year 2017 increased by 20%, following the trend of rising Bed, Board and Beverage (BBB) tax revenues. The increase includes a special allocation for new STEM programs in Flagstaff.

The Flagstaff Arts Council, which allocates grant funding and manages the year-round grant program, has announced recipients of the 2016-17 Art & Science Fund grant program. The Board of Directors of the Arts Council met in June to ratify the recommendations of a citizen review panel, providing funds to non-profit organizations in support of art, culture and science programs that serve residents of and visitors to Flagstaff, Arizona. Art & Science Fund grants are funded entirely through a portion of the City of Flagstaff’s Bed, Board and Beverage (BBB) Revenues.

Thirty-nine non-profit organizations will receive funding totaling $334,500. General Operating Support (GOS) grants were provided to 27 non-profit arts, culture and/or science organizations that provide direct services to residents of and visitors to Flagstaff, Arizona. Twelve grants for Project Support were provided to other non-profit organizations that produce arts, culture and/or science programs that provide a direct public benefit to the community. Funding supports public programs occurring between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017.

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A banner at Lowell Observatory during the Pluto flyby mission in 2015, which brought international attention to Flagstaff.

“The City of Flagstaff’s investment in the growing art and science sector is so important,” said John Tannous, Executive Director of the Arts Council. “The arts has been proven as an incredible valuable investment for local economies around the country and especially in Flagstaff. This is in addition to the social, health and creative benefits programs provide to our residents and visitors. Simply put, Flagstaff is a better community because of this grant funding.”


The Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Festival draws large crowds every September.

Additional grants are expected to be announced later this year. The Arts Council will offer a grant opportunity for organizations that offer STEM programming.

To celebrate this year’s grant recipients, the Arts Council will host a reception at Flagstaff City Hall in Council Chambers on Wednesday, August 31, 2016, at 5pm.

Full List – Art & Science Fund Grant Recipients FY17 >