To be eligible for funding, an applicant organization or group must be described by one of the following categories:
- Arts Organizations with a non-profit 501(c)3 status who have the arts as a primary focus. Art groups without 501(c)3 tax exempt status must apply through a fiscal sponsor.
- Non Profit 501(c)3 organizations who do not have arts as a primary focus (such as schools, youth clubs, senior and health care facilities, etc.) can apply to fund arts focused activities.
- Community groups, which are formed for non-profit purposes (such as art guilds/clubs, cultural heritage groups, performing groups, community bands, home-school cooperatives, social service groups, festival committees, etc. or temporary groups formed for the purpose of the art project for which they are seeking funding), may apply to fund arts focused activities. Groups without 501(c)3 tax exempt status must apply through a fiscal sponsor.
- Schools and units of government may also apply for arts focused activities; this includes tribal governments, counties, cities, townships, parks & recreation departments, public libraries, community education offices, elementary/middle/secondary schools including charter schools, and colleges or universities. These types of organizations are not required to submit an IRS letter proving their tax exempt status.