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Frequently Asked Questions

The deadline for Core Funding Programs applications is May 1, or the first weekday in May. The deadline for Cultural Expansion Program applications is June 1, or the first weekday in June. Community Initiatives Program applications are due on the first Monday of each month and must be received at least 60 days prior to the project start date.

If you mail your application, it must be postmarked by the appropriate deadline.

Consult the current program guidelines for exact deadlines.

The City of Austin invests in arts and culture by allocating a portion of Hotel Occupancy Tax revenues to eligible applicants recommended for funding as a result of an equitable process in which they are found to meet established program criteria. As defined in the Texas Tax Code, Chapter 351.101 (a)(4), revenue from the municipal hotel occupancy tax may be used for: “(T)he encouragement, promotion, improvement, and application of the arts, including instrumental and vocal music, dance, drama, folk art, creative writing, architecture, design and allied fields, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic and craft arts, motion pictures, radio, television, tape and sound recording, and other arts related to the presentation, performance, execution, and exhibition of these major art forms.” (Texas Tax Code, Chapter 351.101) The complete details of the State of Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax Code may be found at www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us

The Texas Commission on the Arts provides funding to local arts agencies, including the City of Austin Cultural Arts Funding Programs, for the purpose of “sub-granting” to local arts and cultural organizations.

Applicants must be incorporated, tax-exempt organizations residing in Austin or its Extra Territorial Jurisdiction. Other organizations and individuals must apply under the umbrella of a 501c3 organization. Click on the specific programs listed below for more information.

Core Funding Programs

Community Initiatives Program

Cultural Expansion Program

Capacity Building Program

Cultural Heritage Festivals Program