Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) always seeks to connect the field to the resources. Please reach out to TCA staff if you or your organization sustained major impact from a natural disaster, accident, or emergency.


In addition to being a conduit for state and federal resources, TCA partners with other agencies to provide disaster relief grants to the arts and cultural industry during times of disaster. These grants are often dependent upon outside funding and are available on a disaster-by-disaster basis.


An Arts Field Guide to Federal Disaster Relief was put together by the National Coalition for Arts Preparedness and Emergency Response (NCAPER) to help the arts industry navigate federal support systems.

  • The Field Guide is designed to help arts organizations, businesses, artists, and cultural workers understand what is available and decide if pursuing federal aid makes sense for them.
  • It gives a snapshot of  federal disaster assistance programs that can go into effect after a presidentially declared disaster.
  • The guide can also be found on the NCAPER website here.
  • A Spanish language version will be published shortly.

FEMA General Guidelines for Applying for Aid:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • Individual Assistance (i.e., artists):        Generally 30 days after the presidential disaster declaration 
  • Public Assistance (i.e., organizations): Generally 60 days after the presidential disaster declaration