Grants

Grants

The Department of Arts & Culture offers grant programs to support arts and cultural organizations and individual artists in their mission to deliver authentic, excellent and innovative programming that engage a wide variety of audiences in San Antonio’s arts offerings. Programs range from multi-year grants to annual grants. 

All of our grants are through the Department’s Cul-Tú-Art Plan, derived from feedback received from City Council, Artists, Arts Agencies, Arts Patrons, Residents and Visitors with the San Antonio Arts Commission serving as the steering committee for all strategic plan components. These grants are managed through SanAntonio.GoSmart.org.

project grants for individual ArtistS 

The Department of Arts & Culture provides grants to qualifying artists based in San Antonio. These grants follow the Core Grant Program Guidelines and are aimed to support a diverse portfolio of artists working across the City of San Antonio in the production of new, original, high-quality art. Individual Artists Project Grants have the specific intent of expanding the artist's professional development through their creation of new works, which must be publicly displayed/performed in San Antonio during the contract period. All funding is predicated upon meeting eligibility requirements and the availability of funds. 

TIMELINE

  • Intent to Apply closed on April 5, 2021 at 5:00 pm CST. 
  • Applications will be accessible on April 9, 2021 to eligible artists who's Intent to Apply is approved. 
  • Completed Applications are due June 8, 2021 at 5:00 pm CST. 
  • Grants are made annually and are for an 18-month period beginning October 1, 2021 for the Fiscal Year 2022 cycle.

HOW TO APPLY

  • The first step in the process is to create a San Antonio Artist Registry Profile by clicking here. Please Note: Grant evaluation panelists will use this profile to review your previous work, therefore, filling out your profile with as much detail as possible, including images of your work, is recommended. 
  • Once the first step is complete, both the Intent to Apply and the Application (available when your Intent to Apply is approved), are located at SanAntonio.GoSmart.org.

RESOURCES

Full details on this program can be found in the Request for Applications, and in the Core Grants Program Guidelines policy document. If you have questions, please email ArtsFunding@sanantonio.gov


Events GRANT PROGRAM

The Department of Arts & Culture provides Event grants to qualifying San Antonio Based nonprofit organizations to further the presentation, production and preservation of arts and cultural programs that are unique to the San Antonio experience. This programs follows the Core Grant Program Guidelines. The goal of this program is to support the extraordinary artistic presentations and performances of diverse artistic expressions, cultural/multicultural traditions or the unique heritage of San Antonio. 

Event Grants for San Antonio Based Non-Profit Organizations (3-year funding cycle: Fiscal Year 2023, Fiscal Year 2024, Fiscal Year 2025):

This program will open at the beginning of 2022.

If you have any questions, please email ArtsFunding@SanAntonio.gov.

 

operational and culturally specific support grant PROGRAM 

The Department of Arts & Culture provides Base Operational and Culturally Specific Support grants to a diverse portfolio of qualifying nonprofit arts and cultural organizations based in San Antonio to support the production of ongoing, sustainable, high-quality artistic activities. This grant program follows the Core Grant Program Guidelines

All applications must be made through SanAntonio.GoSmart.Org with deadlines as follows:

Base Operational and Culturally Specific Support for San Antonio Based Non-Profit Arts & Cultural Organizations (3-year funding cycle: Fiscal Year 2022, Fiscal Year 2023, Fiscal Year 2024):

  • Intent to Apply - Opens January 19, 2021 and is due March 23, 2021 at 5:00 pm CST.
  • Applications will be accessible on March 30, 2021 to eligible organizations who's Intent to Apply is approved. Completed Applications are due May 11, 2021 at 5:00 pm CST.
  • Application Process Workshop: Watch this video to learn more about this grant program and how to apply.
  • DataArts CDP Workshop:  Watch this video to learn more about completing DataArts, which is required for the Intent to Apply step for new applicants. 

Details on this operational grant program can be found in the Core Grant Program Guidelines policy document and in SanAntonio.GoSmart.Org.  

If you have any questions, please email ArtsFunding@SanAntonio.gov.

Re-granting Program

The Department of Arts & Culture provides grants to qualifying nonprofit arts and cultural organizations based in San Antonio for the purpose of re-granting to San Antonio artists. This grant program follows the Core Grant Program Guidelines and are aimed to support a diverse portfolio of artists working across the City of San Antonio in the production of ongoing, sustainable, high-quality artistic activities. 

All applications must be made through SanAntonio.GoSmart.Org with deadlines as follows:

Artist Re-Granting Funding for San Antonio Based Arts & Cultural Non-Profit Organizations That Provide Artist Grants (3-year funding cycle: Fiscal Year 2022, Fiscal Year 2023, Fiscal Year 2024):

  • Intent to Apply - Opens April 6, 2021 and will be used as the sole grant application to determine eligibility. Completed Intent to Apply applications are due May 11, 2021 at 5:00 pm CST. Agencies applying for Base Operational or Culturally Specific should not apply in this category.

Details on this program can be found in the Core Grant Program Guidelines policy document and in SanAntonio.GoSmart.Org.  

If you have any questions, please email ArtsFunding@SanAntonio.gov.

 

A result of the Performing Arts Strategic Plan, these programs work to support the Performing Arts community. These grants follow the Performing Arts Funding Guidelines

Performing Arts Venue Facility Improvement Grant – Available to nonprofit Performing Arts Producing Organizations that receive operational grants from the Department of Arts & Culture and that own or hold a long-term lease (minimum of 5 years) of their venue or have a lease of a city-owned facility. The goal of this grant is to increase access to Performing Arts programming for residents and visitors by providing funding of up to $10,000 for the purchase of equipment or improvements for a Performing Arts Facility. 

  • Apply at: SanAntonio.GoSmart.org
  • Intent to Apply due February 19, 2021
  • Application due April 1, 2021 at Noon (12 p.m. CT)

Production Costs Grant – Available to nonprofit Performing Arts Producing Organizations and individual professional performing artists, this grant provides support for equipment rental, security costs and back-of-house labor fees at union labor rates for productions already planned. The goal of this grant is to assist applicants with the production of high-quality, innovative and accessible Performing Arts programming in San Antonio. 

This grant is now closed.

Cultural districts grant

This grant is now closed. If you are a San Antonio non-profit arts organization interested in applying for a proposed Texas Commission on the Arts Cultural Districts (TCA), check out our Cultural Districts Toolkit, which provides additional assistance to non-profit arts organizations with their TCA Cultural District or Project Grants application.

 

GRANTEE RESOURCES

The Department of Arts & Culture administers its grants through the SanAntonio.GoSmart.org Portal. If you need technical assistance with GoSmart, go to http://www.gosmart.org/knowledge_base. Or simply click here for applicant tutorials and videos.

Artistic Activity Reporting Tool: Click here to download the Artistic Activity Reporting Tool, which you will upload in the SanAntonio.GoSmart.org Portal. Need more information about Artistic Activity Reporting? Watch our Artistic Activity Report Tutorial

Free online tools to condense electronic files for submission into SanAntonio.GoSmart.org Portal: 

Leadership Training is offered through NonProfitReady.org. Training is contractually required for agencies that receive Operational or Culturally Specific Grants. All classes are required to be completed by April 10, 2021 and transcripts need to be uploaded into the GoSmart Portal for the following: Executive Director / CEO, Deputy Director, Artistic Director, Chief Financial Officer, Board Executive Committee (Board Chair, Officers and Committee Chairs). The following classes: Board Roles & Responsibilities, Financial Info & Your Board, Introduction to Unconscious Bias (entire curriculum), Addressing Your Unconscious Bias, Support an Inclusive Culture, Why Diversity Matters for Non-Profits, The Non-Profit Board Curriculum and Fundamentals of Non-Profit Budgeting. 

Questions

If you have any additional questions regarding our Grant Programs or GoSmart, please contact us at artsfunding@sanantonio.gov.

call for panelists

The Department of Arts & Culture is in need of artists, arts administrators, and other arts professionals to serve as volunteer panelists to review and score the competitive applications for the new Individual Artist Project Grants and the Events Grants. Review our Core Grant Guidelines for more information.  

The call for panelists is currently opened in SanAntonio.GoSmart.org and applications are due Monday, March 1, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. CT.  Panelist applications will be evaluated by the Arts Funding Committee of the San Antonio Arts Commission and assignments will be made at the Arts Funding Committee meeting on April 8, 2021. Selected panelists will be provided a $200 stipend for participation.  




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