Arts Funding

stART Place

San Antonio’s urban neighborhoods benefit from the arts by shaping the lives of residents and their urban experience. The stART Place program is designed to further stimulate neighborhood vitality by supporting creative projects that provide meaningful community enrichment and transformation. stART PLACE will encourage the presentation of new arts and cultural activity in non-conventional spaces.

FISCAL YEAR 2016 & 2017 Arts Funding Application

After successful briefings with Mayor, City Council and the San Antonio Arts Commission, the Department for Culture & Creative Development is pleased to announce the FY2017 Art Funding Process will open on Friday, March 4, 2016 at 8 a.m. The deadline for all application submissions is 4 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016.


Application System Assistance is available to all eligible applicants. Experts will be on hand to guide applicants with registration, system log-in, and ID creating.  Applicants will also be trained on the system’s features and document upload. All attendees are encouraged to bring a flash drive containing electronic copies of the documents (.pdf format) to be uploaded and prepared narratives (MS Word format). 

To RSVP, contact Victoria Garcia at 210-207-8488 or For information, contact Laura Nunn at 210-207-6961.

Application System Assistance

Date Time Location
March 15, 2016 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.
Downtown Central Library, 600 Soledad St.
March 16, 2016 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. Downtown Central Library, 600 Soledad St.
March 22, 2016 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. Downtown Central Library, 600 Soledad St.
March 23, 2016 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. Downtown Central Library, 600 Soledad St.

ChecklistThis checklist is to assist applicants with the necessary files to upload to the application.

Please download and complete the following forms. You will be required to upload the completed forms at the end of the online application:


Deadline: CLOSED


Recognized neighborhood associations, community groups, local artists, artist collaboration or arts and culture organizations that are not being funded under DCCD’s core operational programs may apply. Collaborations between any of those entities are eligible as well. Artists or artist collaborations may approach and include an arts organization that receives funding in the DCCD core operational programs for assistance with the administration of the project but cannot pay for any of those services with the awarded funds. The application, however, must be submitted by the artists or collaborative as the lead.

In addition:

  • Proposed projects must be designed for a specific community and be accessible to all.
  • Proposed projects must take place within the San Antonio city limits.
  • All artistic genres are acceptable including, but not limited to, visual, place-making, performing, media and literary arts.
  • Proposed projects are encouraged to be implemented in nontraditional art venues and must be accessible to the public.


  • Organizations that apply for Cultural Arts Operating Support or the Festivals & Community Celebrations Program cannot be the lead applicants for a stART PLACE grant.
  • The City will not fund religious events that promote or celebrate any sect, church, creed or sectarian organization, conduct any religious service or ceremony, neither for the inhibition or promotion of religion, nor to convey a religious message.
  • The City will not fund any programs not accessible to all citizens, including persons with disabilities.

Deadline to apply for the funding category is February 29, 2016. 

Award Amounts

The amount of funding can range from $500 to $10,000. Matching funds are not required; however, applicants demonstrating cash-matching funds will be given extra consideration in the review process.

Funds may only be used for the following (must be itemized in the budget):

  • Venue rental
  • Contracted services and artist fees
  • Production expense.  Production management, staging and sound and lighting equipment rental specifically designated for the event.

Review Process

  • All proposals will be reviewed by DCCD staff and a panel of Arts Funding Committee members and regional or national experts and patrons.
  • Applicants will be reviewed and scored based on submitted application and established criteria.
  • Applications scoring below 75 will not be eligible for funding.
  • The Arts Funding Committee will review preliminary and final funding recommendations during a publicly held meeting, considering:
    • Total funds available annually for programmatic disbursement, including dollars allocated to this program.
    • Application total score (DCCD will consider all scores and comments provided by the panelists);
    • Minimum and maximum awards and matching requirements allowed by the adopted policy;
    • Equity of programmatic service to ensure that dollars support a balance of artistic and cultural offerings to existing and new audiences
  • City Council will have final approval.

Review Criteria

Artistic Excellence (50 points)

  • Artistic product of high quality.
  • Quality of staff that will be carrying the project.
  • Innovation and creativity in program(s) to be offered and local artist(s) selected.
  • Relevance and relationship of artistic offering to the community where it is being presented.

Impact to Neighborhood being served (30 points)

  • Project is aimed at recognized underserved populations or communities that are targeted for social or urban change.
  • Project responds to existing community artistic talents, or helps advance awareness of the art forms being presented.
  • Relevance and appropriateness of location selection to its target audience
  • Accessibility of program to its target audience

Feasibility   (20 points )

  • Presentation of a clear and realistic budget for the project.
  • Effectiveness and efficiency of organization and staff in planning and carrying out the project.
  • Demonstrated evidence of strong support from the community for the organization, artists or artist collaborative.
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