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Festival Grant

Grants to Houston, Texas Nonprofits and Individuals
for Arts and Culture Festivals in the City

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Houston Arts Alliance (HAA)

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Deadline Date:

09/20/19 5:30 PM CDT


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Houston, Texas nonprofit organizations and individuals for local arts and culture festivals. Funding is intended for festivals that promote Houston as a creative city and as a unique destination for arts and culture. Festivals must be open to the public.

Festivals allow communities to share artistic and cultural traditions which can create vibrant opportunities and  experiences for residents and visitors. This grant provides funds to organizations for arts festivals or arts components of cultural festivals.

A festival is defined as:

  •  An annual or twice a year celebration
  • An immersion around a unifying theme or programmatic focus
  • Featuring a varied and curated program of events
  • Occurring within a specific, condensed time, such as one day or over a week
  • Open to the public 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184753

Estimated Size of Grant:

Max Award: $10,000
Grant amounts, for those recommended for funding, are either the full amount of the grant the applicant is eligible for or a substantial portion of the requested grant—and never less than 50 percent.

Term of Contract:

January 1-December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Organizations or fiscal sponsors must have headquarters within the City of Houston limits. Individuals must reside within the City of Houston limits. Applicants will submit paperwork demonstrating a physical address in the City of Houston limits which is verified by staff through the online Council Member mapping tool. P.O. boxes are not accepted.
- An applicant organization or its fiscal sponsor must be tax-exempt under the Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)3with its fiscal year ending 2017 filed with the IRS (990/990N) verified by the IRS Tax Exemption Organization Search.
- An individual applicant must be at least 18 years old verified by applicant submission of an official state-issued identification card, passport or other official document.
- Organizations must have a current SMU DataArts profile (individuals applying for SACI funding do not need this).
- Projects must have a clear public presentation component, verified by staff review of the application.
- Applicants may only submit one application for annual grant programs.

For Fiscal Sponsor requirements, see:

Program funds may not support the following:
- Any activities taking place outside of the City of Houston limits, including any activities taking place in extrajudicial territories
- Any activities funded by Miller Outdoor Theatre
- City of Houston employees, elected officials, Mayor's Office staff, and their immediate family
- Houston Arts Alliance employees, Board members, Advisory Board members, and their immediate family
- Grants to K-12 public, private or charter schools, colleges, or universities including collaborative projects or programs
- Events with exclusive audiences that do not allow participation of the general public and visitors
- Competitions, award ceremonies, scholarships, cash prizes, fundraising activities and events, sports and recreation - activities, or parties and private celebrations
- Trade fairs, events of primarily commercial nature, or consumer shows
- Faith-based organizations using funds for any activities which have a primarily religious purpose or any activities that exist as part of religious sermons or services
- Any activities receiving funds from other HAA grant programs, including collaborators applying to work on different components of the same project
- Specific expenses: Travel outside of the City of Houston; Deficits, loans, interest on loans, fines, penalties or cost of litigation; training, including but not limited to classes, conferences, or workshops purchase of equipment exceeding $250, except rental costs directly affiliated with the funded project; capital expenses; and meals, refreshments, and catering expenses

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Houston Arts Alliance has many workshops this grant cycle. To register for a workshop use the calender at:

Pre-Application Information:

​Applications open August 1, 2019, and close September 20, 2019, at 5:30 PM CDT.

- Grant Workshops: July 2019 to September 2019
- Application Deadline: September 20, 2019, by 5:30 PM CDT
- Panel Review: October 2019
- Approval & Notification: December 2019
- Grant Term: January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020
- Final Reports Due: January 31, 2021, by 5:30 PM CST

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

For questions or concerns, contact
The Grants Department or 713 -527-9330

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas: Houston