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Operating Support Grant

Grants to Texas Nonprofit Arts Organizations in
Eligible Locations for Operational Expenses

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Arts Council of Fort Worth

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Deadline Date:

07/30/21 4:00 PM CST - Receipt


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Grants to Texas nonprofit arts organizations in eligible locations for operational expenses. Applicants must attend a webinar prior to applying. Funding is intended for a range of expenses, including administration, general operations, and program costs. Awarded funds can only be expended on the proposed activities that take place within the City of Fort Worth.

Eligible uses for Operating Support funding include:

  • Administrative staff salaries;
  • Artistic salaries/fees;
  • Office supplies;
  • Production costs;
  • Facility rentals;
  • Marketing, printing, and other administrative costs; and
  • Outreach and education.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157064

Estimated Size of Grant:

Operating Support award maximums are determined through a percentage of the applicant organization’s operating budget, as listed below. Typical awards do not reach stated maximums.
- Operating Budget > $1 million; Maximum Operating Support = 5% of Operating Budget
- Operating Budget = $450,000–$999,999; Maximum Operating Support = 10% of Operating Budget
- Operating Budget = $50,000–$449,999; Maximum Operating Support = 15% of Operating Budget

Term of Contract:

- Period of Performance Begins: October 1, 2021
- Period of Performance Ends: September 30, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant Eligibility:
To be eligible to receive funding from the Arts Council of Fort Worth Grants Program, an applicant organization must:
- Have an annual organizational operating budget of at least $100,000;
- Be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit in good standing with IRS and up to date with Form 990 filings;
- Be a nonprofit arts organization whose primary mission is the presentation or production of artistic programming;
- Demonstrate active operations and a history of at least 2 consecutive years of related program offerings within the City of Fort Worth;
- Have a physical headquarters located within the City of Fort Worth and conduct majority (more than 50%) of its work/outreach/programming within the Fort Worth community OR have a Fort Worth based P.O. Box or residential address and conduct a minimum of 65% of its work/outreach/programming within Fort Worth;
- Have a salaried full-time or part-time (15-20 hours per week) administrator that is responsible for and authorized to address the contractual obligations of the Arts Council Cultural Contract and the business management of the organization (artist fees and honorariums do not satisfy paid staffing requirements);
- Compensate salaried staff at a rate no less than the federal minimum wage at the time of grant submission; and
- Have an active board of directors; and
- Meet all compliance measures and be in good standing with the Arts Council Grants Program.

Ineligible applicants include:
- Academic institutions and/or their affiliated arts groups;
- Fiscal sponsors; or
- Governmental agencies;
- Places of worship; and
- Former Arts Council grant recipients with overdue, unacceptable, or falsified reports.

Ineligible uses of funding include:
- Scholarships, purchase awards, or cash prizes;
- Capital improvements, endowments, construction, or real property;
- Debt reduction, interest on loans, fines, penalties, or costs of litigation;
- Benefits or special events planned primarily for fundraising;
- Sub-granting programs;
- Activities for which college or university students receive academic credit;
- Financing of political activities; or
- Programming that is made inaccessible to any audience member based on gender, gender identity or expression, race, color, natural hair or hairstyles, traditional ethnic or religious attire, ethnicity, nationality, religion, creed, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other characteristic protected by law, except in projects involving schools or school systems (K-12) or other special populations

Pre-proposal Conference:

Mandatory Applicant Training Webinar

A representative from all applicant organizations who plan to apply for a 2021/2022 Operating Support Grant must participate in the Mandatory Applicant Training Webinar on June 10, 2021 at 9:30 AM. Training participants will walk through the grant guidelines with Arts Council grant program staff, paying special attention to updates and changes. Please register to reserve your spot. Up to 2 individuals from each organization may participate.

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Pre-Application Information:

- Grant Guidelines Available: June 2021
- Grant Applications Open: June 3, 2021
- Mandatory Applicant Training Webinar: June 10, 2021 at 9:30 AM–12:00 PM CST Registration Required
- Application Deadline: July 30, 2021 by 4:00 PM CST
- Period of Performance Begins: October 1, 2021
- Award Notification: November 2021
- Period of Performance Ends: September 30, 2022

All applicants must apply for funding online through the Arts Council grants portal.

Each application must include submission of a separate audiovisual presentation. Audiovisual presentations are viewed by evaluators to provide an overview of the applicant organization and/or proposed programming, expanding on and enhancing information already shared in the narrative portion of the 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.

Matching Requirement: Operating Support Grant recipients are required to procure and provide evidence of a 1:1 cash match of the funds awarded through any combination of earned or unearned income. The grant recipient’s failure to meet the match will result in a proportionally reduced grant award and may require reimbursement to the Arts Council.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Mailed attachments should be addressed to:
Arts Council of Fort Worth
ATTN: Grants Program
1300 Gendy St
Fort Worth, TX 76107

To submit a draft application, send an e-mail to with your organization name and a request for review. Arts Council staff is also available to consult with applicants via telephone at (817) 298-3037.

Digital audiovisual submissions may be shared via email or Dropbox with the above email address by the grant deadline.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas: City of Fort Worth

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