The Texas Arts Plan

Cultural Districts Designation Program

Eligibility: Established Arts Organizations, Established Arts Organizations of Color, Local Arts Agencies, Government Local Arts Agencies, Government Agency or Department, College Arts Institutions

Intent: To designate special zones in cities and Texas communities that harness the power of cultural resources to stimulate economic development and community vitality.

As authorized by H.B. 2208 of the 79th Legislature, the Texas Commission on the Arts can designate cultural districts in Texas. In this program, an organization by itself or representing a collaborative effort will file an application to recognize their cultural district. Applicants must schedule an orientation meeting and work closely with Commission staff in the development of their application. Interested applicants must submit a letter of intent by email that includes a one-page description of the plans for the cultural district to: . Successful applicants will have access to Arts Respond Projects and Arts Respond Cultural District Projects. When a cultural district is designated by the Texas Commission on the Arts, a recertification will be required every ten (10) years. Annual reports on activities are required to maintain Designation status. Please read this for more information.

Grant Type: Multi-year
Application Limit: One application per organization for this program
Request Limit: Not applicable - this is a designation program
Match Requirement: Not applicable
Application Deadline: Letter of Intent due January 31; application due June 15
Attachments Deadline: June 15
Criteria: see Application Review Criteria
Click here for ineligible requests
Click here for attachments checklist

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