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Learn How to Apply for Major City Arts Grants by Sept. 20, 2019

August 21, 2019 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner urges members of the Houston arts community -- creative individuals, arts organizations, festival organizers and others interested in presenting cultural programming to the public -- to learn about applying by 5:30 p.m. Sept. 20 for three major competitive city grants.

The grant categories are Support for Artists and Creative Individuals (up to $15,000 per grant), Festival Grants (up to $10,000 per grant), and Support for Organizations (up to 20% of budget). The grants are funded by the City of Houston Hotel Occupancy Tax dedicated to the arts and are administered by the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs with the Houston Arts Alliance.

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) urges prospective applications to attend a workshop to learn more about the grants, get tips on the application process and ask questions.To find a workshop, visit

“I recommend that everyone attend a workshop presented by the Houston Arts Alliance and start the application today,” said MOCA Director Debbie McNulty. “It’s free, it’s a resource to help you and there are more than ever to choose from this year.”

New this year are videos produced by HoustonTV as an additional way to learn the basics of the application process. The videos are at

To find out more about the City’s Arts & Culture grant programs or to apply, visit

Spanish language assistance is available on request and grants staff are available to provide technical assistance to people with disabilities.

If you have any questions or need assistance please email at or call, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CDT, (713) 527-9330.

The City of Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs develops policies and initiatives that expand access to arts and cultural programs in the community, attract visitors and leverage private investment. Learn more at Find fun stuff on Houston’s Cultural Events Calendar and follow @HoustonMOCA on Facebook and Instagram.

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