Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA)
Grants starting at $1,000 to Texas nonprofit arts organizations, government agencies, and college arts institutions for short-term projects that apply the arts in a broad range of settings. Activities may apply the arts in the following areas: education, health and human services, economic development, public safety and criminal justice, and natural resources and agriculture.
Funding requests may include administrative costs directly related to the project.
Projects must address one of the following priority areas:
Intent: Projects that use art to promote innovations in K-12 public education.
Designed for projects that impact K-12 public school students during the school day. Projects must be aligned with the TEKS and conducted in conjunction with school officials. Projects may occur in a school setting or off-site (field trip). Before and after-school projects are not eligible.
Health and Human Services:
Intent: Projects that use art to improve human health or functioning.
Designed for projects that focus on health related topics, serve specific populations, or occur in a health care or human service setting (hospital, clinic, senior activity center, women’s shelter, homeless shelter, etc).
Intent: Projects that use art to diversify local economies, generate revenue, and attract visitors and investment.
Designed for projects that focus on job growth or cultural tourism (festivals, gallery walks, art fairs, etc).
Public Safety and Criminal Justice:
Intent: Projects that use art to prevent delinquency and recidivism in youth and adults.
Designed for projects that focus on at-risk youth or incarcerated populations (after school program, juvenile detention center, adult prison, alternative learning center).
Natural Resources and Agriculture:
Intent: Projects that use art to understand and/or improve the ecological and agricultural environment.
Designed for projects that occur in rural counties (festivals, fairs, exhibitions, performances) or focus on natural resources (oil, water, green art, ecological issues).
GrantWatch ID#: 172841
Minimum Request: $1,000; Maximum Request: 50% of project budget
Projects may take place September 1 through March 31 (July 15 deadline); or April 1 through August 31 (January 15 deadline).
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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Commission staff are also available to consult with applicants by telephone at 512/463-5535 or 800/252-9415 (message line), or in person by appointment at:
Texas Commission on the Arts
920 Colorado, 5th floor