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Programs

The Capacity Building Program is open to State of Texas nonprofit or 501c nonprofit arts organizations located in Austin or its Extra Territorial Jurisdiction, as well as individual artists. Funds may be used to support organizational infrastructure in areas including, but not limited to, management, governance, financial resources, and administrative systems.

The Community Initiatives program is open to incorporated, tax exempt, 501c organizations residing in Austin or its Extra Territorial Jurisdiction. Individual artists and other unincorporated organizations may apply under the umbrella of a 501c organization. Project activities must involve the marketing, production, presentation, and funding of a public performance or exhibition open to both residents and tourists.

There are four specific programs which fall under the “core funding” umbrella:

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.