Arts Respond Performance Support

Grants to Texas Nonprofits, Agencies, Libraries,
Schools, and IHEs to Host Touring Artists

GrantWatch ID#: 176313
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Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA)


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Grants of up to $8,000 to Texas nonprofits, government agencies, libraries, schools, and colleges to hire a touring artist and host a performance. The purpose of this program is to enhance the creative economy of the state by supporting arts activities. Funds awarded will be based on a percentage of the artist’s fees.

The grant provides help with paying a portion of the fee charged by an artist on the Texas Touring Roster. If the artist’s contract shows that you’re responsible for paying it, you can add hotel, travel, and per diem costs.

-Minimum Request: $75
-Maximum Request: $8,000

Multiple applications can be submitted, but only $12,000 cumulatively will be awarded to an organization per fiscal year (Sept. - Aug).

Applications submitted by August 1 are for activities occurring September 1 - December 14.

Eligibility: All Texas nonprofits, schools, colleges, and units of government.

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.

TCA cannot help with the cost of food, alcohol, marketing, venue rental, equipment rental, or personnel.

Grants required a minimum dollar for dollar (1:1) match. Please note that the grant amount is calculated on a sliding scale. Artist fees on the roster range from $150 to $100,000. For a $150 fee, TCA can pay 50%. For a $100,000 fee, TCA can pay up to $8,000 or 8%.

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.

Quarterly deadline:
-August 1 for activities occurring September 1 - December 14
-November 1 for activities occurring December 15 - March 14
-February 1 for activities occurring March 15 - June 14
-May 1 for activities occurring June 15 - August 31

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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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