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Grants to Texas Arts Nonprofits, Agencies,
and IHEs for Programming in the Arts

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Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA)

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03/01/21 Postmarked


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Grants to Texas nonprofit arts organizations, government arts agencies, and college arts institutions to support organizational operations. Applicants may submit an application draft for review up to two weeks prior to the deadline. The purpose of this program is to invest in arts organizations to advance the creative economy of Texas.

This program provides multi-year operational support. Applicants write their grant for a one year period, and if funded, will provide an update for the second year. Depending on the availability of funds, the organization's award amount will be the same for two fiscal years. New organizations may only apply in odd numbered years.

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GrantWatch ID#: 179146

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum request is $3,000. The maximum request is 25% of the organization’s last completed year’s cash operating budget.

Term of Contract:

This program provides multi-year support. Applicants write their grant for a one year period, and if funded, will provide an update for the second year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are Established Arts Organizations with a budget between $50,000 and $1 million, and College Arts Institutions.

To be eligible for TCA grants, an organization must:

- Be a tax-exempt nonprofit organization as designated by the Internal Revenue Service and/or must be an entity of government;

- Have their eligibility status established with the TCA prior to the deadline day; know that it can take two weeks or more to get confirmation from the IRS of nonprofit status and 990 financial information which may be required for categorization;

- Inform TCA if they believe their eligibility status has changed;

- Be incorporated in Texas;

- Have fulfilled all its outstanding contractual obligations to the State of Texas (i.e. taxes, etc.);

- Comply with regulations pertaining to federal grant recipients including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Education Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988.

The Commission will not fund the following:
- Grants that exceed 25% of the organization's previous year's cash operating revenues;
- Social functions, parties, receptions, fundraisers, or galas;
- Operating expenses for home offices;
- Operating expenses for state operated facilities including, but not limited to, salary support and facility costs;
- Activities for which college or university students receive academic credit;
- Projects at colleges and universities that serve mostly students and faculty, with minimal or no community involvement;
- Projects by privately owned for-profit corporations;
- Financing of political activities;
- Retroactive funding;
- Debt reduction;
- Projects, productions, workshops and/or programs that include obscene material as defined in Section 43.21, Penal Code of Texas.

Note: The Commission will only fund capital improvements, bricks and mortar, and permanent (depreciable) equipment through the Arts Respond Cultural Districts or Commission Initiative/Designated Funding grant programs.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be postmarked by March 1 of odd numbered years; March 1, 2021.

TCA staff will accept draft applications for review and comment up to two weeks before the deadline.

Grants require a dollar-for-dollar (1:1) match.

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

Submit draft applications to:

Commission staff are also available to consult with applicants by telephone at: 512/463-5535 or 800/252-9415 (message line)

You may also make an appointment in person by appointment at:

920 Colorado, 5th floor
Austin, Texas

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