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Electronic Grants Application System

Updated: February 10, 2003




Organizational Area | Individual Artists Area


| Organizations and Individual Artists |

The Cultural Arts Council offers a online application system to facilitate applications for individuals and organizations requesting a grant. This system provides applications, eligibility status, and funding information. The system also checks for completion of applications, calculates and totals budgets, and balances expenses with revenue.

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| Organizational Area |

The Cultural Arts Council's Grant Program provides support to small, medium and large nonprofit arts and cultural organizations to assist in carrying out our mission of nurturing, funding and promoting participation in the arts, by both visitors and residents, in Houston and Harris County. The Grant Program supports the encouragement, promotion, improvement and application of the arts to promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry. Most of the funding is specific to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, although small grants are available to other nonprofits that present or produce arts programs or events in our service area consistent with the promotion and enhancement of Houston as a cultural destination.

    | Grants for Organizations Deadlines

    • File the Online Application System
      Application online by March 26, 2004.

    • Mail or Deliver the Required Support
      Materials by April 2, 2004.

Click here to begin the submission process of your grant application.


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| Individual Artists Area |

Individual Artist Grant Program- Supports the development of emerging and professional artists by enabling them to set aside time for artistic development (i.e. create new work, complete works in progress, pursue new avenues of artistic expression, purchase supplies/equipment, maintain studio space). It also encourages and supports the presentation of innovative educational arts projects that are accessible to residents of Houston and Harris County.

    | Grants for Individual Artists Deadlines |

    • File the Online Application System Application online by 7:00 P.M. on April 2, 2004.

    • Mail or Deliver the Required Support Materials by April 2, 2004.

Click here to begin the submission process of your grant application.


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| Need Assistance? |

Applicants with questions or needing assistance are encouraged to contact the Cultural Arts Council's Grants and Services staff at (713) 527-9330 or to attend one of the grant workshops.

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| Funding Resources |

The Cultural Arts Council's Grant Program is funded primarily by the City of Houston through the Hotel Occupancy Tax. Each year, the City allocates 19 % of Hotel Occupancy Tax receipts to support arts and cultural organizations, as permitted by the Texas Tax Code, through an annual contract with the Cultural Arts Council.

The use of Hotel Occupancy Tax is defined in the Texas Tax Code, Chapter 351. Per state law, revenue from the municipal Hotel Occupancy Tax may be used only to promote tourism and the convention and hotel industry. Among the permitted uses are the following related to arts and cultural activity:

  • The encouragement, promotion, improvement, and application of the arts, including instrumental and vocal music, dance, drama, folk art, creative writing, architecture, design and allied fields, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic and craft arts, motion pictures, radio, television, tape and sound recording, and other arts related to the presentation, performance, execution, and exhibition of these major art forms [Texas Tax Code Section 351.101 (a)(4)]

  • Historical restoration and preservation projects or activities or advertising and conducting solicitations and promotional programs to encourage tourists and convention delegates to visit preserved historic sites or museums at or in the immediate vicinity of convention center facilities or visitor information centers or located elsewhere in the municipality or its vicinity that would be frequented by tourists and convention delegates [Texas Tax Code Section 351.101 (a)(5)]

Organizations applying for and receiving Hotel Occupancy Tax funds are required to adhere to the state laws governing the use of such funds. Only organizations based in the City of Houston are eligible to receive Hotel Occupancy Tax for activities that meet the purposes described above. The complete details of the State of Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax Code may be found at www.capitol.state.tx.us/statutes/ta/ta0035100.html.

The second largest source of funds for the Cultural Arts Council's Grant Program is the Texas Commission on the Arts through its Decentralization Program. This TCA program provides per capita based funding to designated local arts agencies that operate a grants distribution system compatible with that of the state. Organizations based in Harris County (unincorporated areas and all municipalities except Pasadena) are eligible for TCA Decentralization funds.

Harris County also provides funding for grants offered for regional touring / presenting in the county. All Houston and Harris County based groups are eligible to apply for touring grants.

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For grants information, please contact our grant staff at (713) 527-9330 or visit their website for a staff directory at www.cachh.org/staff.html.


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