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Capacity Building funding is available to individual artists, unincorporated groups, 501 (c) arts organizations with an annual budget less than $200,000, and State of Texas nonprofits to support conferences, workshops, classes, professional organization memberships, consulting and software. The purpose of the Capacity Building program is to provide professional development opportunities to enhance and strengthen the infrastructure and workforce of Austin’s creative sector.



FY20 Community Initiatives Applicant Workshop - March 5, 2020 @ Noon

This workshop is for individual artists, unincorporated arts groups and arts 501 (c) 3 organizations who are interested in applying. The workshop will cover in detail how to complete each section of the online application including: the Application Form, Proposed Budget, and Narrative. Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptop or tablet.

Cultural Arts Division - Bluebonnet Training Room
5202 E. Ben White Blvd
Suite 400
Austin, TX 78741

About the Core Cultural Funding Programs

There are four specific programs which fall under the Core Funding umbrella:

Update 1/13/2020:

We heard a wide and deep range of insightful feedback from over 540 participants in 39 unique stakeholder listening sessions. Based on the depth & breadth of this community feedback, the Cultural Funding Review Process will be extended through February 2021.

The Cultural Heritage Festivals Program is open to incorporated, tax exempt, 501c nonprofit organizations residing in Austin or its Extra Territorial Jurisdiction. Individual artists and other arts organizations may apply under the umbrella of a 501c organization. Project activities must involve the marketing, production, presentation, and funding of a culturally specific festival open to both residents and tourists.

The purpose of the Peer Panel Review Process is to ensure fairness in reviewing cultural funding applications, as well as a consistent quality of arts & cultural programming supported by the City of Austin. To accomplish this, the Cultural Arts Division utilizes consultants as panelists who demonstrate expertise in a given area.