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Let Creativity Happen! Digital Grant

Grants to Texas Nonprofits and Individuals to
Enhance Local Art Activities Through Technology

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Houston Arts Alliance (HAA)

Deadline Date:

05/18/20 12:00 PM


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Grants of up to $2,500 to Texas nonprofit organizations and individuals to enhance innovation and creativity in eligible locations. Funding is intended for projects that use digital technology to engage public audiences in art experiences and strengthen the value of art within the City of Houston.

The public presentation of city-funded activities is required and must take place within the City of Houston limits during the specified grant term. Grants support art exhibitions, film screenings, music, dance, and theater performances, online art projects, literary readings and publications, local arts festivals, and other activities.

For Online Art Proposals: If the proposal is in an online only format it is limited to the following presentation methods: 

  • Live-streaming: Broadcasting a performance or discussion through a live-video to an audience over the internet.
  • Virtual Art Tours: A simulation of an existing location, usually composed of a sequence of videos or still images, a full video of a location and a live activation component.
  • Digital Curation: Collecting digital art work and stories for online presentation and audience engagement.
  • Content Re-sharing: Previously recorded content re-shared with a live interactive component.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184497

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum funding for this grant is $2,500. Projects that will only re-share content may only request up to $1,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place: May 1 – July 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- The applicant must have headquarters, if an organization or fiscal sponsor, or residency, if an individual, within the City of Houston limits. Applicants will submit paperwork demonstrating a physical address in the City of Houston limits which is verified by staff through the online Council Member mapping tool. P.O. boxes are not accepted.
- An applicant organization or its fiscal sponsor must be tax-exempt under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)3 with its fiscal year ending 2017 filed with the IRS (990/990N) verified by the IRS Tax Exemption Organization Search.
- An individual applicant must be at least 18 years old verified by applicant submission of an official state-issued identification card, passport or other official document.
- Application has a clear public presentation component verified by a staff review of the application.
- Each applicant may only submit one application per deadline for different projects not currently supported by city-funding.
- Collaborative projects should submit one application, and the lead applicant must meet all eligibility criteria.
- Each grant program has additional eligibility requirements that are specific to the program.

Artists who work in an artistic capacity with nonprofit organizations, such as artistic directors, executive directors, lead artists, resident artists, and conductors, must apply for a project that is independent of their organization.

For list of ineligible funding, please visit:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are open from April 10 - May 18, 2020.
The review and funding recommendation process takes 3-4 weeks.

Applicants who apply by April 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm will be notified on May 8, 2020.
Applicants who apply by May 18, 2020 at 12:00 pm will be notified on June 12, 2020.

Only grant-related expenditures incurred after the start of the grant term will be accepted.

For Public Art Proposals: If the proposal includes components that require City permits or approval such as publicly installed art, street closures, sound amplification in public space, or murals, the applicant will be solely responsible for securing the necessary permits, permissions, insurance, and approvals.

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

Online application:

Please contact the Grants department for questions or information anytime at or 713-527-9330 x450.

If you have any issues contact Caroline Docwra,

Houston Arts Alliance
3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 250
Houston, TX 77019
Phone 713.527.9330
Fax 713.630.5210

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USA: Texas: City of Houston

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