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PROGRAMS

Established by the City in 1985, the Art in Public Places program collaborates with local & nationally-known artists to include the history and values of our community into cultural landmarks that have become cornerstones of Austin’s identity.

 

The City of Austin is no longer accepting applications for the Austin Arts and Culture Non-Profit Relief Grant. The deadline for submission expired on August 2, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. 

We are in the process of reviewing all applications submitted and are exploring how we can use additional federal and local funds to offer assistance for non-profit organizations, small businesses, start-up companies, entrepreneurs, and creatives.   

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The City of Austin is no longer accepting applications for the Austin Childcare Provider Relief Grant. The deadline for submission expired on January 15, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.  

We are in the process of reviewing all applications submitted and are exploring how we can use additional federal and local funds to offer assistance for small businesses, start-up companies, entrepreneurs, creatives, and non-profit organizations.   

The City of Austin is no longer accepting applications for the Austin Creative Space Disaster Relief Program. The deadline for submission expired on June 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. 

We are in the process of reviewing all applications submitted, and we are exploring how we can use additional federal and local funds to offer additional assistance for small businesses, start-up companies, entrepreneurs, creatives, and non-profit organizations. 

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The Austin City Council established the $15 million Save Austin’s Vital Economic Sectors (SAVES) Fund through Ordinance No. 20201001-052 to support local industries. Through the SAVES Fund, Austin City Council adopted the final guidelines for the $5 million Austin Legacy Business Relief Grant via Resolution No. 20201203-012.

The City of Austin is no longer accepting applications for the 2020 Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund. The grant funds are expended.

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The City of Austin is no longer accepting applications for the Austin Small Business Relief Grant. The deadline for submission expired on July 24, 2020 at 8:00pm. 

We are in the process of reviewing all applications submitted, and are exploring how we can use additional federal and local funds to offer assistance for small businesses, start-up companies, entrepreneurs, creatives, and non-profit organizations.  

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The Austin-Toronto Music City Alliance—a first of its kind trade and export alliance for commercial music—is a public-private partnership involving Austin City Council, the City of Austin Music & Entertainment Division, the City of Toronto Music Sector, Economic Development & Culture Division, and private industry leaders in both Austin and Toronto.

 Helping businesses of all sizes expand  their Austin area workforce.)

The Business Expansion Incentive Program is a pay-for-performance program that pays out annually to qualified businesses. The Economic Development Department is identifying and qualifying high-impact projects for:

The City of Austin Economic Development Department is actively searching for a master developer partner to work with city staff and the community to plant seeds of change for a more complete community in this part of Austin.  By working together, we can develop the 208-acres of publicly-owned land to help transform it into a complete community with vibrant opportunities to live, shop, work, and play.

Application Opens: September 1, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. 
Application Closes: October 29, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. 
Priority Consideration: October 1, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

The Economic Development Department’s Cultural Arts Funding Program supports cultural arts programs for the Austin community by contracting with arts organizations for specific services.

The Cultural Arts Division has administered various funding programs since 1981 through the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) authorized by state law. 

Current Contractors with the Core and Cultural Heritage Festivals Programs will find useful information and links on this page. If you have further questions please contact your assigned contract administrator.

The City of Austin values the creative industries as vital contributors to our community’s character and prosperity. An economic impact study commissioned in 2011 estimates the total impact of gaming and digital media to be over $990 million, with projected growth over the next decade. The Department works to develop digital media and gaming in Austin in partnership with local economic development, workforce, and financing organizations.

Downtown Austin is everyone’s neighborhood.  It is where people gather for celebrations, where we exercise our most basic American freedom of public speech, and where we come to meet one another - by plan and by chance.  It is a place where we make that vital connection with one another as part of the larger community.  Downtown conveys our values and aspirations, both to ourselves and to the outside world.  As a place, Downtown is the most vivid and authentic expression of our history and culture; it is the soul of our region, a place like no other.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program allows qualified investors to become eligible for green cards for themselves and their dependent family members. To qualify, individuals must invest $1 million in a commercial enterprise that creates 10 jobs. For complete information about the program, please visit the USCIS EB-5 website.

The Small Business Division conducts regular classes, workshops and other small business related training at the Entrepreneur Center of Austin.

We look forward to seeing you for one of business education classes or other events - visit our small business classes and events calendar.

Training and meeting space at the Entrepreneur Center of Austin is also available for rent, call 512-978-2500.

 

The City of Austin realizes and appreciates the value of the film industry. An economic impact study commissioned in 2011 estimates the total economic impact of film and visual media at a little over $280 million annually.

The Green Water Treatment Plant Redevelopment is part of the Seaholm District in Downtown Austin. Formerly the Thomas C. Green Water Treatment Plant, the site is bounded by Shoal Creek to the west, the 2nd Street alley to the north, San Antonio Street to the east, and Cesar Chavez to the south. Nueces Street and 2nd Street WERE extended through the site as part of the project.


The Heritage Preservation Grant is dedicated to preserving and promoting Austin's irreplaceable historic and heritage tourism experiences that authentically represent the inclusive stories and people of the past through capital, planning, educational and marketing preservation projects that activate place and engage new audiences while attracting tourists. 

This page is currently being updated. If you are looking for information about the Business Expansion Incentive Program, please visit: http://austintexas.gov/department/business-expansion-incentive-program.

The award-winning public-private partnership between the City of Austin and Catellus Development Group was the result of hundreds of public meetings and collaboration between the City, its consultants and community stakeholders.

Opportunity Zones are part of a federal tax incentive provision that encourages investors to re-invest capital gains into Qualified Opportunity Zone Funds, which then invest in businesses, real estate, or business assets located in an Opportunity Zone.

Find resources and assistance for international businesses looking to expand in Austin. The City of Austin’s Economic Development Department can connect your business to resources to help with: 

  • Incentives for Business Expansion in Austin 
  • International Networking Opportunities  
  • International Trade Promotion 
  • Connection to Austin’s Diplomatic and International Business Community 

Contact:

Chris Schreck, Program Manager, Global Business Expansion

The former municipal power plant was redeveloped into a mixed-use anchor for the district. Two new buildings, an underground parking garage and green roof plaza were added to the existing generator building. The site features a mix of office space, retail, residential, a public plaza and an outdoor terrace overlooking Lady Bird Lake. The preservation and adaptive reuse of the historic power plant building was the impetus for the project and the main community benefit. Other community benefits include the plaza and enhanced south lawn and a $100,000 contribution for Art in Public Places.

The Sister Cities Program fosters friendly relations and understanding between the citizens of Austin and our sister cities around the world.  The program promotes Austin’s educational, cultural, and economic presence in the international community.

Souly Austin

 

Souly Austin is a place-based economic development program focused on creating and retaining strong, vibrant, culturally rich and diverse neighborhood business districts throughout Austin. Under the initiative, business owners receive a flexible set of tools to assist in the formation of merchants associations and organized commercial districts.

The Texas Enterprise Zone Program is an economic development tool for local communities to partner with the State of Texas to promote job creation and capital investment in economically distressed areas of the state.

Thank you for participating in Austin: Welcoming City, an effort to gather community input to develop a shared definition and vision for Austin as a “Welcoming City” for international newcomers. The community input process took place between October 2014 and February 2015, and targeted immigrant residents, service providers, funders, elected officials, and the general public, through a combination of surveys, focus groups, and a provider summit. Community stakeholder participation was critical to ensure a meaningful public participation process and quality results.

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