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

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

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Arts Council of Fort Worth

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

06/17/20 4:00 PM CST


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Grants to Texas nonprofit cultural and arts organizations in eligible locations to promote and market arts programs and cultural initiatives to attract visitors. New applicants must attend an orientation prior to applying. Funding is intended to support efforts to attract visitors from outside of the city for overnight stays in local hotels. Eligible initiatives can be a single event, season, or annual calendar of events. Awards may only be utilized for marketing and promotions of the proposed initiative. Events should take place in Fort Worth.

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

  • The applicant can verify a minimum of 100 hotel room nights associated with their initiative utilizing Room Night Estimation guidelines;
  • All verified hotel room nights are booked within in 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 50 mile radius of Fort Worth with the intent to increase the visibility of Fort Worth as an overnight destination

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147745

Estimated Size of Grant:

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. Up to 25% may be utilized for marketing and promotions staff and/or contractors.

Term of Contract:

- Period of Performance Begins: October 1, 2020
- Period of Performance Ends: September 30, 2021

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:

Mandatory Conference for New Applicants

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 who 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.

In order to accommodate all schedules, conferences are available via telephone but must be completed by June 10th for your organization to be considered for this grant – there will be no exceptions.

To schedule a conference, please email the Arts Council. Conference appointments will be confirmed via email.

Pre-Application Information:

2020/2021 Timeline
- Grant Application Open: May 6, 2020
- Application Deadline: June 17, 2020 by 4:00 PM CST
- Award Notification: August 2020
- Period of Performance Begins: October 1, 2020
- Period of Performance Ends: September 30, 2021
- Final Report Deadline: October 13, 2021 by 4:00 PM CST

Only currently funded Arts Council grantees (2019/2020) and FWTPID grantees (2019/2020) may utilize the FAST TRACK: FWTPID application. All other applicants must utilize the standard FWTPID application.

Arts Council 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. The staff's role is to assist the applicant in making the best presentation for funding. Staff will not write the applications or prepare attachments for applicants.

Awards will be paid in two equal installments. Fifty percent will be payable upon the execution and delivery of the FWTPID contract and the submission of an invoice. Final payment will be made after the successful conclusion and submission of all reports, documents and data associated with the grant.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To schedule a conference, or submit a draft application, please email

Apply online:

Arts Council of Fort Worth
1300 Gendy Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Phone: 817-732-2360
Fax: 817-732-2866

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas: City of Fort Worth

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