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.

Funding Cycle

PLEASE NOTE: This program is now closed. The last deadline for the FY2019 year was August 5, 2019.

Applications for Fiscal Year 2019 must be submitted on the first Monday of the month and must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to the project start date. Late applications will not be accepted. This cycle will fund activities taking place between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019.

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FY 19 Guidelines & Application

Click here to view program guidelines.

Need ideas for professional development activities? View our sample menu of conferences, classes, and workshops. Inclusion on this list does not constitute City endorsement.

Click here to access application.

Contract Management

Pre-Contract Materials

If awarded CB funds you must complete the Mandatory Orientation below.

Vendor Registration

Contractors who have never received funding from the City or who have changed their address must register with the City as a vendor. You can register electronically through the Purchasing Department's Vendor Connection website.

  • W-9 Form - required for new vendors, or current vendors with a change of address
  • Vendor Profile Form - required for new vendors only (if you cannot access the Vendor Connection System)


Final Report Materials

Final Reports are due within 30 days of completion of the contract period or activity rounded to the end of the month.

Click here to access your FY19 Capacity Building Final Report