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Fort Worth Tourism Public Improvement District (FWTPID) Cultural Initiative Grant

Grants to Texas Arts and Cultural Nonprofits in Eligible
Locations to Promote Local Events to Attract Visitors

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Arts Council of Fort Worth

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Deadline Date:

06/30/21 4:00 PM CST


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Grants to Texas nonprofit arts and cultural organizations to promote and market events in eligible locations. New applicants must attend an orientation prior to applying. Funding is intended for arts and cultural events that will attract overnight visitors. Proposals must benefit Forth Worth.

The purpose of the Fort Worth Tourism Public Improvement District (FWTPID) Cultural Initiative Grant is to provide marketing and promotional funding to arts and cultural organizations which promote and enhance the visibility of Fort Worth as an overnight destination to their patrons. Eligible initiatives can be a single event, seasons, or annual calendars of events.

FWTPID Grant funds can be used to support marketing efforts for initiatives, so long as:

  • The applicant(s) can verify a minimum of 100 hotel room nights, 170 verifiable zip codes, or 1100 verifiable attendees of a one-time event associated with their proposed initiative;
  • All verified hotel room nights are booked within in the Fort Worth City Limits;
  • The initiative is culturally based and attracts patrons from outside of a 50 mile radius of Fort Worth;
  • Applicant must demonstrate an intent to retain and grow the number of overnight visitors to Fort Worth through their initiative
  • Applicant must demonstrate marketing and promotions to communities outside of the 50 mile radius of Fort Worth with the intent to increase the visibility of Fort Worth as an overnight destination

Awards may only be utilized for marketing and promotions of the proposed initiative. At minimum, 30% of awarded funds must be used specifically to target the market 50+ miles outside of Fort Worth. Up to 25% may be utilized for marketing and promotions staff and/or contractors.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147745

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award levels are calculated based on total room night estimations.

Term of Contract:

- Period of Performance Begins: October 1, 2021
- Period of Performance Ends: September 30, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to receive funding from the FWTPID Grant, an applicant organization must:
- Be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit in good standing with IRS and up to date with Form 990 filings; and
- Be an arts or cultural organization whose primary mission is the presentation or production of cultural programming

For the first time, applicant organizations will be able to apply jointly for FWTPID funding. Groups will be allowed to pool their room nights together in order to meet the minimum room night estimation requirements (100 hotel room nights, 170 verifiable zip codes, or 1100 verifiable attendees of a one-time event). Partnering organizations must work together to promote an event or calendar of events with a clear start and end date.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Mandatory Conference for New Applicants

All applicants who have not previously completed a pre-application conference for the FWTPID are required to participate in a brief one-on-one orientation no later than one week prior to the grant submission deadline.

In order to accommodate all schedules, conferences are available via telephone but must be completed by June 16th for your organization to be considered for this grant.

To schedule a conference, please email

Pre-Application Information:

2021/2022 Timeline
- Grant Application Opens: May 12, 2021
- Application Deadline: June 30, 2021 by 4:00 PM CS
- Award Notification: August 2021
- Period of Performance Begins: October 1, 2021
- Period of Performance Ends: September 30, 2022
- Final Report Deadline: October 12, 2022 by 4:00 PM CST

All applicants must apply for funding online through the Arts Council grants portal. New applicants must register for the site to begin an application.

Only currently funded Arts Council grantees (2020/2021) and FWTPID grantees (2020/2021) may utilize the FAST TRACK: FWTPID application. All other applicants must utilize the standard FWTPID application.

Arts Council staff are available year-round to assist with the application process and provide feedback on draft proposals, in advance of the application deadline. Draft applications are accepted for review and feedback up to 2 weeks before the application deadline. Due to the volume of requests, application assistance will not be available the final week before the deadline, however technical support related to the grants portal will be provided.

Awards will be paid in two equal installments. Fifty percent will be payable upon the execution and delivery of the FWTPID contract and the submission of an invoice. Final payment will be made after the successful conclusion and submission of all reports, documents and data associated with the grant.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

To submit a draft application, send an email to Arts Council staff is also available to consult with applicants via telephone at (817) 298-3037.

Arts Council of Fort Worth
1300 Gendy Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Phone: 817-732-2360
Fax: 817-732-2866

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas: City of Fort Worth

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