- 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: http://houstonartsalliance.com/images/uploads/main/2020_Grant_Cycle_Guidelines.pdf#page=3
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