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.

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.

About the Core Cultural Funding Programs

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

Updated 6/16/2020:

We heard a wide and deep range of insightful feedback from over 540 participants in 39 unique stakeholder listening sessions. Based on the depth & breadth of this community feedback, the Cultural Funding Review Process will be extended through February 2021.

More updates will be shared as this process continues.

The Cultural Heritage Festivals Program (CHFP) 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.

FY 21 application is only open to FY 20 CHFP contractors

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.