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

Arts Grant Program


Agency
Local

GrantWatch ID#
148413

Funding Source
CITY OF CORPUS CHRISTI
Parks and Recreation Department - Office of Arts and Culture
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Geographic Focus
USA: Texas: Corpus Christi

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/15/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $15,000 to Texas nonprofit arts organizations in eligible areas 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.

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)].

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 Christi 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


Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
- An organization must have received its IRS 501(c) designation as a public charity no later than August 1, 2022 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, 2022 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 overdue reports for previous grants or projects.

Ineligible
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
Oct 24: Grant application workshop

Contact staff for additional information.

Pre-Application Information
Application Deadline: 5:00 p.m. November 15, 2023

2023:
- Oct 24 Arts Grant program information and link to required forms available on website
- Nov 15 Grant deadline
- Nov 27– Dec 12 Eligibility Team and ACC review
- Dec13-15 Notification of unqualified applicants
- Dec. 20 Formal Appeal Deadline
- Dec 22 Notification of grant awards
- Jan 8-12 Grantee agreements signed

2024:
- March Organizations receive first half of award funds
- Oct1 Fiscal Year 2024-2025 begins (Arts Grant contingent upon funding)
- Dec 31 End of Arts Grant program Year 2024

2025:
- Feb 15 Completion Report due for Year 2024

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.

More information:
https://www.cctexas.com/parks

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, 2023, through December 31, 2023.

Contact Information
Email applications to:
ACCartsgrants@cctexas.com

For more information, contact Lisa Oliver, Superintendent, Community Relations & Engagement, at (361) 826-3132 or the email address above.

Arts Grant Program
City of Corpus Christi
Parks & Recreation Department
Office of Arts & Culture
400 Mann Street, Suite 200 (Bayview Tower)
Parks & Recreation Phone: 361-826-3460 (press 8 for Arts and Culture)

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