About the Core Cultural Funding Programs

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

  • Organizational Support - Requests up to $250,000 depending on organization’s budget size.
  • Project Support I - Requests up to $175,000 by organizations.
  • Project Support II - Requests up to $30,000 by organizations. First-time applicants may request up to $10,000.
  • Project Support III - Requests up to $20,000 by sponsored individual artists or unincorporated groups. First-time applicants may request up to $10,000.


Applicants must have received funding in the FY 20 Core Program to be eligible to apply for FY 21 funds

Applicants must be incorporated, tax exempt organizations residing in Austin or its Extra Territorial Jurisdiction and propose programming and projects that are open to Austin residents, visitors, and tourists and are consistent with the promotion and enhancement of the City of Austin as a cultural destination. Other organizations and individual professional artists residing in Austin or its Extra Territorial Jurisdiction may apply as a "sponsored project" under the umbrella of a 501c organization.

Funding Cycle

FY 21 application is due on Monday, June 8 by 11:59pm

Virtual application workshops will be held throughout the month of May.

  • Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 4-6pm
  • Thursday, May 14, 2020, 10am-12pm
  • Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 4-6pm
  • Thursday, May 28, 2020, 10am-12pm

Guidelines & Application

Click here to apply online

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. Sponsored Projects will use their Fiscal Sponsor’s Vendor Information.

To register for the first time as a new vendor, or for current vendors with a change of address, you must provide a new W-9 Form.

Contract Management

All contractors will find their pre-contract materials inside of their ZoomGrants.com account for the current fiscal year. Items included are the pre-contract checklist, the Insurance Information Form, the Mandatory Publicity Statement, various CAD Logos, and instructions for submission on VisitAustin.com, among many other helpful and required documents. If you need assistance, please contact your Contract Administrator.

You may email us if you require a logo file in a high resolution format.

Mileage Reimbursement

Any project-related travel must be logged on the Mileage Reimbursement Form.

Final Report Materials

Final Reports are due within 30 days of completion of the contract period or activity, rounded to the end of that month. The Final Report Form and instructions are located in your approved ZoomGrants application.

Click here to access your application.