New Applicants

Interested in applying for Arts Council funding?

The Arts Council welcomes promising new arts organizations into the fabric of our community; however, the primary focus of our Grant Program is to support the work of nonprofit arts organizations already established within Greater Fort Worth.

Proposed programs should support arts activities that are open to the general public. As with all other Arts Council grant applications, funded activities must take place within the city limits of Fort Worth.

To be eligible to apply for and receive Arts Council grant funding, all applicant organizations must:

  • be a registered 501(c)(3) organization…applicants applying under another organization’s 501(c)(3) “umbrella” are not permitted to apply
  • be defined as an organization whose mission statement reflects a primary focus on the presentation and production of artistic programming
  • have been in existence and actively programming in the Fort Worth arts community for a minimum of 2 years
  • have a business office address and maintain a base of operations in the City of Fort Worth accessible to the public; (PO Boxes are unacceptable);
  • have met all required filing deadlines, including submission of all reporting requirements for any previously received Arts Council grants
  • have a salaried full or part-time administrator that is responsible for and authorized to address the contractual obligations of the Arts Council Cultural Contract and the business management of the organization.*

    *Paid staff note: The paid staff member requirement may be met through full or part-time positions. Part-time staff are those individuals working 15-20 hours per week for the organization or an equivalent of 60-80 hours per month. Artist fees and honorariums do not satisfy paid staffing requirements.

Arts Council grants are not eligible to fund:

  • Debt retirement, capital improvements, endowments, construction, or real property
  • Interest on loans, fines, penalties, or costs of litigation
  • Benefits or special events planned primarily for fundraising
  • Requests that are associated with an academic program, department or class
  • Academic, degree award or graduation credit associated with grant funded programs
  • Sub-granting programs
  • Programming that is made inaccessible to any audience member based on gender, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other characteristic protected by law

Please call 817.298.3037 or email if you have additional questions.