Arts Respond Project

Grants to Texas Nonprofits and Agencies for
a Broad Range of Projects Incorporating the Arts

GrantWatch ID#: 172841
Agency Type:


Texas Commission on the Arts

07/15/17 Deadline for online applications; attachments must be postmarked by date

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Grants starting at $1,000 to Texas nonprofit and governmental arts organizations for short-term projects that incorporate the arts into one of the following areas: education, economic development, health and human services, natural resources and agriculture, and public safety and criminal justice.

This program provides project assistance grants on a short-term basis and 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).

Economic Development
-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).

Minimum Request: $1,000

Applications submitted for the July 17, 2017 deadline are for projects beginning Sept. 1, 2017- March 30, 2018 (FY18).

Eligibility: Arts Organizations, College Arts Institutions, Established Arts Organizations, Minority Arts Organizations, Rural Arts Providers, TCA Cultural District [Effective FY2018, TCA will require VERIFIED budgets for organizations with a budget under $50,000]

To be eligible for TCA grants, an organization must:
-Be a tax-exempt nonprofit organization as designated by the Internal Revenue Service and/or must be an entity of government
-Inform TCA if they believe their eligibility status has changed
-Be incorporated in Texas
-Have fulfilled all its outstanding contractual obligations to the State of Texas (i.e. taxes, etc.)
-Comply with regulations pertaining to federal grant recipients including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Education Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988.

The Commission will not fund the following:
-Grants that exceed 25% of the organization's previous year's cash operating revenues
-Social functions, parties, receptions, fundraisers, or galas
-Operating expenses for home offices
-Operating expenses for state operated facilities including, but not limited to, salary support and facility costs
-Activities for which college or university students receive academic credit
-Projects at colleges and universities that serve mostly students and faculty, with minimal or no community involvement
-Projects by privately owned for-profit corporations
-Financing of political activities
-Retroactive funding
-Debt reduction
-Projects, productions, workshops and/or programs that include obscene material as defined in Section 43.21, Penal Code of Texas.

Note: The Commission will only fund capital improvements, bricks and mortar, and permanent (depreciable) equipment through the Arts Respond Cultural Districts or Commission Initiative/Designated Funding grant programs.

Applicants may request 50% of project budget. This grant has a dollar for dollar (1:1) match requirement.

Staff members are available to answer questions and provide information on the Commission's services.

TCA staff will accept draft applications for review and comment up to two weeks before the deadline. Commission staff are also available to consult with applicants by telephone or in person by appointment.

Applicants must have their eligibility status established with the TCA prior to the deadline day; know that it can take two weeks or more to get confirmation from the IRS of nonprofit status and 990 financial information which may be required for categorization.

Nonprofit organizations should email or fax a copy of their IRS letter of determination. Applicants are advised that DUNS numbers are required for all applicant organizations.

Application Deadline: July 15 for projects beginning Sept. 1 through March 31; January 15 for projects beginning April 1 through Aug. 31

Attachments Deadline: Postmarked July 15 for projects beginning Sept. 1 through March 31; January 15 for projects beginning April 1 through Aug. 31

General Guidelines and Policies:

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

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To submit a draft, send an e-mail to and request a draft review. Include your organization name and the name of the proposal you want reviewed.

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 920 Colorado, 5th floor, Austin, Texas.

Nonprofit organizations should email or fax a copy of their IRS letter of determination to or 512/475-2699. Be sure to include a phone number and contact name so TCA staff can call to set up a user name and password.

Any other type of organization or individual should call the Commission offices at 512/463-5535.

Texas Commission on the Arts
Post Office Box 13406
Austin, Texas 78711-3406

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