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Grants to Texas Arts and Cultural Nonprofits in Eligible Locations to Promote Local Events to Attract Visitors


Geographic Focus

USA: Texas: City of Fort Worth

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Fort Worth Tourism Public Improvement District (FWTPID) Cultural Initiative Grant

Arts Council of Fort Worth

Grant Provider's 990

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #147745

Grant Description

Grants to Texas nonprofit arts and cultural organizations to promote and market events in eligible locations. New applicants must attend a pre-proposal conference prior to applying. Funding is intended for arts and cultural events that will attract overnight visitors. Proposals must benefit Forth Worth.

The purpose of the FWTPID Cultural Initiative Grant is to provide marketing and promotional funding to arts and cultural organizations which promote and enhance the visibility of Fort Worth as an overnight destination to their patrons. Initiative can be a single event, season or annual calendar of events.

The City of Fort Worth authorized the Tourist Public Improvement District 18 (TPID), to enhance the visibility of Fort Worth as a convention and visitor destination and thereby increasing tourism-related economic activity. Benefiting directly from TPID activities, funding for the project is a 2% per guest room revenue assessment by all hotels in Fort Worth with 100 or more rooms. As part of the TPID efforts, the Tourism PID authorized a community arts grant program through Visit Fort Worth. 

FWTPID Grant funds can be used to support marketing efforts for initiatives, so long as:

  • Applicant can verify a minimum of 100 hotel room nights, 170 verifiable zip codes, or 1100 verifiable attendees of a one-time event associated with their proposed initiative;
  • All verified hotel room nights are booked within the Fort Worth City limits;
  • The initiative is culturally based and attracts patrons from outside of a 50-mile radius of Fort Worth;
  • Applicant must demonstrate an intent to retain and grow the number of overnight visitors to Fort Worth through their initiative;
  • Applicant must demonstrate marketing and promotions to communities outside of the 5- mile radius of Fort Worth with the intent to increase the visibility of Fort Worth as an overnight destination.

Awards may only be utilized for marketing and promotions of the proposed initiative. At minimum, 30% of awarded funds must be used specifically to target the market 50+ miles outside of Fort Worth. Up to 25% may be utilized for marketing and promotions staff and/or contractors. Award levels are calculated based on total room night estimations. Hotel room nights associated with your initiative must be verifiable and must be for hotels located within the Fort Worth City Limits. For more information, see

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to receive funding from the FWTPID Grant, an applicant organization must:
▪ Be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit in good standing with IRS and up to date with Form 990 filings; and
▪ Be an arts or cultural organization whose primary mission is the presentation or production of cultural programming.

Pre-proposal Conference:

All applicants who have not previously completed a pre-application conference for the FWTPID are required to participate in a brief one-on-one orientation no later than one week prior to the grant submission deadline. Organizations that completed this conference for a prior cycle are exempt. The conference is designed to help each applicant identify the best Room Night Estimation methodology for their specific initiative. To accommodate all schedules, conferences are available via telephone but must be completed by July 10th for your organization to be considered for this grant – there will be no exceptions. To schedule a conference, please email Arts Fort Worth. Conference appointments will be confirmed via email.

Pre-Application Information:

2022/2023 Grant Timeline
- Grant Application Open: May 11, 2022
- Application Deadline: July 13, 2022 by 4:00 p.m. CST
- Award Notification: August 2022
- Period of Performance Begins: October 1, 2022
- Period of Performance Ends: September 30, 2023
- Final Report Deadline: October 11, 2023 by 4:00 p.m. CST

Grant requests are accepted once per year.

All applicants must apply for funding online through Arts Fort Worth’s grants portal. New applicants must register for the site to begin an application. Only currently funded Arts Fort Worth grantees (2021/2022) and FWTPID grantees (2021/2022) may utilize the FAST TRACK: FWTPID application. All other applicants must utilize the standard FWTPID application. Applications will be reviewed and recommendations will be submitted to the FWTPID grants panel for deliberation.

Arts Fort Worth staff are available year-round to assist with the application process and provide feedback on draft
proposals, in advance of the application deadline. Draft applications are accepted for review and feedback up to 2 weeks before the application deadline. Due to the volume of requests, application assistance will not be available the final week before the deadline, however technical support related to the grants portal will be provided.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award levels are calculated based on total room night estimations.

Term of Contract:

- Period of Performance Begins: October 1, 2022
- Period of Performance Ends: September 30, 2023

Contact Information:

Grants Portal:

For more information about FWTPID Cultural Initiative Grants or to schedule a conference, please contact

Send an e-mail to with your organization’s name and a request for review. Arts Fort Worth staff are also available to consult with applicants via telephone at (817) 298-3037.

Arts Fort Worth
(817) 738-1938
1300 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107

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