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Programs

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.

The Community Initiatives program is open to incorporated, tax exempt, 501c organizations residing in Austin or its Extra Territorial Jurisdiction. Individual artists and other unincorporated organizations may apply under the umbrella of a 501c organization. Project activities must involve the marketing, production, presentation, and funding of a public performance or exhibition open to both residents and tourists.

FY19 Peer Panel Schedule

Applicants are highly encouraged to attend. General presentations or extended remarks are not allowed by the applicants. Panelists have the option, but are not required, to ask specific questions of applicants attending. You may respond to questions, if any.

We have updated the time frames this year, to allow contractors to dedicate only a part of their day to their own peer panel review process. We ask that you arrive at the start time listed below for your panel group, to assure that you are able to participate. (PS = Project Support)

The Cultural Heritage Festivals Program 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.

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.