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Grants to Texas Nonprofit Arts Organizations for Projects
that Attract Visitors and Provide Cultural Opportunities

Arts Grant Program

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Corpus Christi - Parks and Recreation Department - Office of Arts and Culture

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10/29/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Texas nonprofit arts organizations in eligible regions for programs and projects that attract visitors and provide cultural opportunities. Funding may be used for payments to artists, marketing and promotion, production or exhibition-related costs, and other direct costs. Projects must benefit the economy of Corpus Christi.

The objectives of the Arts Grant Program are to:

  1. Support and promote arts and cultural activities that implement the intended use of Hotel Occupancy Tax funds to promote tourism, the convention and hotel industry.
  2. Support the needs of local arts organizations and encourage creativity and artistic development.
  3. Assist nonprofit organizations in producing and presenting arts and cultural projects that promote Corpus as a cultural destination.

What will be funded:

  • Marketing and promotion
  • Production or exhibition-related costs
  • Payments to artists
  • Other direct costs with proper documentation that are specific to the project outlined in the application for funding

Among the permitted uses of Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) funds 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)]. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 148413

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum request is 50% of a project’s actual/eligible expenses up to $15,000.

Term of Contract:

The period of support for this grant cycle is January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- An organization must have received its IRS 501(c) designation as a public charity no later than August 1, 2020 and maintain the designation current with the IRS during the grant period. If this criterion cannot be met, the applicant may apply through a ‘sponsor organization.’ If a sponsoring organization is used, written approval from the governing body of the sponsoring organization should accompany the application along with proof of its tax-exempt status. The sponsoring organization will become responsible for project administration and management.
- Provide proof that organization has registered, or in the process of registering, with the Texas Secretary of State office and is considered ‘active’ (schools and religious organizations are exempt from this requirement). An organization must be ‘active’ by November 1, 2020 should the project be selected for funding
- The organization is physically based and offers events primarily in the City of Corpus Christi.
- The organization is governed by a local board of directors that meets quarterly, at minimum.
- The organization does not have any outstanding legal or financial items due to the City of Corpus Christi, including overduereports for previous grants or projects.

Ineligible activities:
- Elimination of accumulated debt, fines, penalties, costs of litigation or items for resale
- Operating/overhead expenses including personnel expense normally associated with general operations of the organization
- Programs, which are primarily recreational, therapeutic, rehabilitative, religious and educational, where art is incidental
- Staff travel, meetings, conferences or membership dues
- Lobbying
- Fundraising events or activities; events or projects closed to the public
- Projects already funded or complete
- Receptions, social functions, or parties
- Food or alcoholic beverages
- Fireworks
- Scholarships, awards or cash prizes
- Grant preparation costs

Pre-Application Information:

The period of support for this grant cycle is January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022.

Important Dates:
- Oct 1: Arts Grant program information and link to required forms available on website
Fiscal Year 2021-2022 budget approved by City Council (Arts Grant contingent upon HOT funding)
- Oct 8: Grant application workshop (link to online PDF)
- Oct 29: Grant deadline
- Nov 8–Nov 19: Eligibility Team and ACC review
- Nov 22: Notification of unqualified applicants
- Dec.1: Formal Appeal Deadline
- Dec 10: Notificationofgrantawards
- Dec 15-17: Grantee agreements signed
- Feb: Organizations receive first half of award funds
- Oct 1: Fiscal Year 2022-2023 begins(Arts Grant contingent upon funding)
- Dec 31: End of Arts Grant program Year 2022
- Feb 17: Completion Report due for Year 2022

The organization’s project must be matched dollar for dollar from cash revenue other than the City of Corpus Christi’s Arts Grant Program or other City sources. The matching funds must be collected (not just pledged or awarded) during the term of the grant.

Contact Information:

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

Submit completed application in person to the Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department, located on the 1st floor of the Sidbury House at Heritage Park, 1581 N Chaparral Street. Please call 361-826-PLAY (7529) for directions.

For more information, send an email to Shelly Rios at

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USA: Texas: Corpus Christi

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