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.

Funding Cycle

Applications are due each year on May 1 (or next regular business day). Guidelines and application forms for the upcoming funding cycle are available online in the early spring. Funding is available on an annual basis, per fiscal year. Applicants may apply annually, but there is no guarantee of continued funding. Optional application workshops will be held throughout the month of April.  A presentation on what will be discussed can be found here.

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.

  • 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)

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 NowPlayingAustin.com, among many other helpful and required documents. If you need assistance, please contact Jesus Pantel at jesus.pantel@austintexas.gov or at 512-974-9315 or contact another staffer on the Cultural Arts Funding team.

Please email us if you require a logo file in a different 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. All FY19 Cultural Contractors are required to attend a Final Report Workshop. Please see Workshop Calendar below for upcoming dates.

The Final Report Form and instructions are located in your approved ZoomGrants application.

Click here to access your application.