About Community Initiatives

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. This program is currently closed.

Community Initiatives funding actively seeks to provide members of historically underrepresented communities, which can include identities such as Black or African-American, Arab-American, Asian-American, Hispanic or LatinX, Pacific Islander, Indigenous Nations, LGBTQIA, or a person with a disability, with equitable access to funding opportunities. Applicants who are members of Historically Underrepresented communities are encouraged to apply

Community Initiatives is open to 501c organizations, individual artists and other unincorporated organizations residing in Austin or its Extra Territorial Jurisdiction. Proposed activities must involve the marketing, production, presentation, and funding of a live public performance or exhibition open to both residents and tourists.

Funding Cycle

Community Initiatives applications are accepted on a quarterly basis, while funds are available. The proposed activity date will determine when you will need to apply. Use the following chart to determine when to submit your application:

Proposed events occurring:
· October, November or December 2019
   The deadline is Monday, August 26, 2019 at 11:59 PM
· January, February or March 2020
   The deadline is Monday, October 28, 2019 at 11:59 PM
· April, May, or June 2020
   The deadline is Monday, January 27, 2020 at 11:59 PM
· July, August, or September 2020
   CI application is closed. Not currently accepting applications.

Guidelines & Application

FY20 Community Initiatives Guidelines



Your fiscal sponsor MUST complete Section I. Summary for you. They will then invite you to be a “collaborator.” Once you receive the emailed invitation you may begin completing Section II. Eligibility.

If you begin the application without an invitation from your fiscal sponsor your application will not be accepted and you will have to start your application over once you receive the invitation from your fiscal sponsor. NO EXCEPTIONS.

If you or your fiscal sponsor have questions, contact Anne-Marie McKaskle-Davis, 512-974-7854.

Click here to access the FY20 Application

Contract Management

If awarded Community Initiatives funds you must complete the Mandatory Orientation below.

Complete the Mandatory Orientation

Please contact us if you require a logo file in a different format.

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)

Note that your name and address in the Vendor System must match exactly to the name and address in your online application, or payments cannot be processed.

Final Report

Final Reports are due within 30 days of completion of the contract period or activity rounded to the end of the month. All final report materials can be accessed through your ZoomGrants® account online in the Final Report tab.