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Arts Grant Program

Grants to Corpus Christi, Texas Nonprofit Arts Organizations for
Cultural Activities that Promote Tourism and Benefit the Community

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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

Conf. Date:

09/26/19

Deadline Date:

10/25/19 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $15,000 to Corpus Christi, Texas nonprofit arts organizations for services and programs that attract visitors and provide cultural opportunities for the local community. New applicants must attend a mandatory grant workshop prior to submitting an application.

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)]. 

GrantWatch ID#:

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, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- An organization must have received its IRS 501(c) designation as a public charity no later than August 1, 2018 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, 2017 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-proposal Conference:

Grant Workshop attendance is required for first-time applicants and those who scored below 80 in a previous application. It will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Communications Conference Room on the 3rd floor at City Hall, located at 1201 Leopard Street. Please RSVP for this workshop by calling Shelly Rios (see Contact Information below).

Pre-Application Information:

Grant application must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 25, 2019. No exceptions.

Important Dates:

2019:
- Sept 5 Arts Grant program information and link to required forms available on website
- Sept 26 Grant workshop(s) (required for first-time applicants and former applicants who received a score of 80 or below)
- Oct 1 Fiscal Year 2019-2020 budget approved by City Council (Arts Grantcontingentupon HOT funding)
- Oct 25 Grant deadline
- Oct 21– Nov11 Eligibility Team and ACC review
- Nov 12 Notification of unqualified applicants
- Nov 22 Formal Appeal Deadline
- Dec 2 Notification of grant awards
- Dec 16- 20 Grantee agreements signed

2020:
- Feb Organizations receive first half of award funds (contingent upon 2019 grant completion)
- Feb 18 Completion Report due for Year 2019
- Oct 1 Fiscal Year 2020-2021 begins (Arts Grant contingent upon funding)
- Dec 31 End of Arts Grant program Year 2020

2021:
- Feb 17 Completion Report due for Year 2020

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.

News Release: https://www.cctexas.com/detail/news-open-call-art-grants-2020

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 3rd floor at City Hall, 1201 Leopard Street.

Shelly Rios
(361) 826-3489

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