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September, 2014

The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) has approved funding of 875 grants in its first funding round for fiscal year 2015. The grants total $4.5 million and will go to nonprofits and units of government in 115 cities. These grants include all of the Arts Create program grants, the first of two funding rounds for the Arts Respond Project program, the quarterly Arts Respond Performance Support program, and the quarterly Commission Initiatives and Designated Funding category.


“We are pleased to be able to provide support for so many quality arts activities across the state,” said Gary Gibbs, executive director of TCA. “The substantial work that our grantees are doing not only advances the arts in Texas, but provides valuable art experiences to Texans in rural communities, schools, hospitals, social service settings, and more.” For the full list of grants organized by city, please visit


TCA Commissioners also approved the designation of two new cultural districts. Cultural districts are special zones that harness the power of cultural resources to stimulate economic development and community revitalization. These districts can become focal points for generating business, attracting tourists, stimulating cultural development and fostering civic pride. The new cultural districts are the Greater East End Cultural District, in Houston, and the Downtown Bryan Cultural District. These designations bring the total number of cultural districts in Texas to 26.


Arts Create grants

  • Provide year-round operational support to Texas arts organizations with budgets over $50,000
  • Also provide funding to be subgranted on a local level by local arts organizations with a proven track record of grant making
  • For fiscal year 2015, 368 Arts Create grants totaling $3.3 million are allocated to 353 organizations in 68 Texas cities.


Arts Respond Project grants

  • Fund arts-based projects that address one of the priority areas of economic development; education; health and human services; natural resources and agriculture; or public safety and criminal justice
  • 374 grants are approved to receive a total of $947,153 in this program
  • Applications came from 276 arts organizations in 65 cities.


Arts Respond Performance Support grants

  • Provide partial support to help applicants host an artist from the Texas Touring Roster in their community
  • 122 grants will go to 98 organizations and units of government in 60 Texas cities
  • These grants total $183,375.


Commission Initiatives and Designated Funding grants

  • Include funding received from Target for school performances promoting literacy, and support for national arts conferences being held in Texas
  • The program will provide 11 grants totaling $89,000 to 11 applicants in nine cities.



About The Texas Commission on the Arts

The mission of the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) is to advance our state economically and culturally by investing in a creative Texas. TCA supports a diverse and innovative arts community in Texas, throughout the nation and internationally by providing resources to enhance economic development, arts education, cultural tourism and artist sustainability initiatives. For more information on TCA and its programs, please visit


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