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Capacity Building funding is available to individual artists, unincorporated groups, 501 (c) arts organizations with an annual budget less than $200,000, and State of Texas nonprofits to support conferences, workshops, classes, professional organization memberships, consulting and software. The purpose of the Capacity Building program is to provide professional development opportunities to enhance and strengthen the infrastructure and workforce of Austin’s creative sector.

FY20 applications are open August 1, 2019

Community Initiatives provides support for smaller community arts projects and activities that celebrate Austin’s culture of creativity and that encourage collaboration, innovation, accessibility, and cultural tourism that develop throughout the year.

About the Core Cultural Funding Programs

There are four specific programs which fall under the Core Funding umbrella:

As an outgrowth of the Cultural Funding discussion that took place in Fall 2018 involving a record high number of successful cultural funding applications, flattening Hotel Occupancy Tax receipts, and growing need to examine program guidelines, values, and operations, Cultural Arts Division staff and the Arts Commission are committed to conducting a review of the current program to form recommendations to chart a path forward, in partnership with the community.

The Cultural Heritage Festivals Program is open to incorporated, tax exempt, 501c nonprofit organizations residing in Austin or its Extra Territorial Jurisdiction. Individual artists and other arts organizations may apply under the umbrella of a 501c organization. Project activities must involve the marketing, production, presentation, and funding of a culturally specific festival open to both residents and tourists.

The purpose of the Peer Panel Review Process is to ensure fairness in reviewing cultural funding applications, as well as a consistent quality of arts & cultural programming supported by the City of Austin. To accomplish this, the Cultural Arts Division utilizes consultants as panelists who demonstrate expertise in a given area.