The Economic Development Department awarded more than $3.9 million in funds awarded to 36 local arts non-profit organizations through the Thrive Grant.

These grant awards, ranging from $85,000 - $150,000, provides focused investment to sustain and grow arts organizations that are deeply rooted in and reflective of Austin’s diverse cultures. Recipients will use their funds for arts activities open to and marketed to tourists.

Visit the Cultural Funding page for other cultural funding opportunities including Elevate and Nexus.

2023-2024 Thrive Grant Awardees

With over 140 applicants, the top 59 scoring applications were reviewed and scored by a panel. After the panel review, the top 36 scoring applications were recommended for funding. Final award amounts were based on the requested amount and panel score. Read more about the grant in the Thrive Grant Guidelines (PDF, 550 KB). Read the Thrive Panelist Training Materials (PDF, 3.3 MB).

Thrive, Elevate, and Nexus cultural funding programs were developed in consultation with Austin’s creative community over the past 3 years. Funding will prioritize equity through a combination of seed funding, broad sector support, and targeted investment. Read the Cultural Funding Report (PDF, 1.8 MB)El camino hacia la equidad cultural (PDF, 2.2 MB)

Organization Name Award
allgo $150,000
Austin Asian American Film Festival $100,000
Austin Chinese-American Network or ACAN $85,000
Austin International Drag Foundation, Inc. $100,000
Ballet East Dance Company $85,000
Capitol View Arts $150,000
Cine Las Americas $150,000
Color Arc Productions $85,000
Dance Africa Fest $85,000
DAWA (Diversity Awareness and Wellness in Action) $100,000
E4 Youth, Inc $85,000
Esquina Tango $100,000
Glass Half Full Theatre $85,000
Great Promise for American Indians $150,000
ICMCA $85,000
Imagine Art $85,000
India Fine Arts, Inc $100,000
Indie Meme $85,000
Jump On It $100,000
LA PENA $150,000
Lannaya West African Drum and Dance Ensemble $100,000
Latinas Unidas Por El Arte (LUPE Arte) $100,000
Mexic‐Arte Museum $100,000
MoHA $150,000
Oliver Rajamani DBA Taranada $85,000
Outreach Productions $100,000
OUTsider Film & Arts Festival $100,000
PUERTO RICAN FOLKLORIC DANCE INC aka Puerto Rican Cultural Center $150,000
Red Salmon Arts $100,000
Roy Lozano's Ballet Folklorico de Texas $100,000
The VORTEX $150,000
Torch Literary Arts $150,000
WhatsintheMirror $85,000
Women in Jazz Association $150,000



Thrive Grant Dashboard

View a summary dashboard of demographics for the 2023 Thrive Grant applicants and awardees.

Thrive Panel Review Session Recordings

In January of 2023, the Cultural Arts Division managed three days of live online panel review sessions with a goal to select 36 Thrive Grantees from a group of 59 semi-finalist applicants.

Thrive Panel Day 1 - January 23, 2023


Thrive Panel Day 2 - January 24, 2023


Thrive Panel Day 3 - January 25, 2023