Grant Administration Information and Updates

FEBRUARY 22, 2024

Grant Application Deadline: May 16 at 5 p.m.

As of February 22nd, 2024 the Long Center has sent grant agreements to all awardees who have submitted the proper information. This includes 99% of Live Music Fund Event Program (LMFEP) awardees and 99.5% of Elevate awardees. We have received signed agreements from 97% of LMFEP awardees and 99% of Elevate awardees. Create Austin distributes payments on a two-week cycle. The next payment run will be February 22nd, 2024.

We have submitted grant agreements to all awardees who have submitted the proper information. This includes:

0 %
of Austin Live Music Fund awardees
0 %
of Elevate Grant awardees

We have received signed agreements from:

0 %
of Austin Live Music Fund awardees
0 %
of Elevate Grant awardees

Round 1 payments have been sent to all awardees who have completed their paperwork. This includes:

0 %
of Austin Live Music Fund awardees
0 %
of Elevate Grant awardees
0 %
of Nexus Grant
awardees
0 %
of Thrive Grant awardees
0 %
of Heritage Preservation Grant awardees

Round 2 payments have been sent to:

0 %
of Austin Live Music Fund awardees
0 %
of Elevate Grant awardees
0 %
of Nexus Grant
awardees
0 %
of Thrive Grant awardees
0 %
of Heritage Preservation Grant awardees

Round 3 payments have been sent to:

0 %
of Austin Live Music Fund awardees
0 %
of Elevate Grant awardees
0 %
of Thrive Grant awardees

Austin Live Music Fund

Applications for the first year of the Austin Live Music Fund were accepted from April 2 – May 16, 2023. Please check back in March 2024 to find out more information regarding when applications will be open for this year’s grant cycle.

If you want to learn about who is currently eligible, navigate HERE and scroll down to the section that details, “Applicant Eligibility”. Click on the down caret symbol that looks like this “V”. That will expand the section and provide more detail about eligibility.

If you want to learn about what you can spend with your LMF award, navigate HERE and scroll down to the section that details, “Expense Eligibility”. Click on the down caret symbol that looks like this “V”. That will expand the section and provide more detail about eligibility.

You should have received an award confirmation from the Long Center in August of this year. The Long Center has also been reaching out to awardees in the subsequent weeks to do several things:

  • Verify payment details
    • So we can get your money to the correct bank account
  • Get a signed grant agreement
    • This is a contract between the awardee and the Long Center.
    • It is not a negotiable step in the program as it is a program requirement required by our contract with the City of Austin
  • Ensure that you have the proper insurance coverage
    • This is also a program requirement. Based on your answers to the Insurance Questionnaire, some insurance coverage may need to be secured prior to your event
  • IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED COMMUNICATION FROM THE LONG CENTER, CLICK HERE TO CONTACT THE COMMUNITY PROGRAMS DEPARTMENT.

According to the City of Austin’s Payment Schedule, your payment distribution is:

  • Round 1 – 50% of your total award upon completion of all necessary paperwork
  • Round 2 – 40% of your total award after submittal of your:
  • Round 3 – 10% of your total award after submittal of your:

The vast majority of awardees who have returned their completed paperwork should have received their Round 1 payment already. If you have not, please reach out to us. We have a dedicated email and phone number with a team of staff available to assist you. Here is our contact information:

Phone: 512-457-5139
Email: cityofaustingrants@thelongcenter.org

In some urgent instances, and with approval from the City of Austin, we have begun distributing Round 2 payments for events that have already passed. For events that have yet to occur, the same set of requirements apply. If you have questions about what you should be submitting, please use the contact information above for help.

Elevate Grant

Applications for the Elevate Grant were accepted from April 2 – May 16, 2023. Please check back in March 2024 to find out more information regarding when applications will be open for this year’s grant cycle.

If you want to learn about who is eligible, navigate HERE and scroll down to the section that details, “Applicant Eligibility”. Click on the down caret symbol that looks like this “V”. That will expand the section and provide more detail about eligibility.

If you want to learn about what you can spend with your award, navigate HERE and scroll down to the section that details, “Eligible Activities and Expenses”. Click on the down caret symbol that looks like this “V”. That will expand the section and provide more detail about eligibility.

You should have received an award confirmation from the Long Center in August of this year. The Long Center has also been reaching out to awardees in the subsequent weeks to do several things:

  • Verify payment details
    • So we can get your money to the correct bank account
  • Get a signed grant agreement
    • This is a contract between the awardee and the Long Center.
    • It is not a negotiable step in the program as it is a program requirement required by our contract with the City of Austin
  • Ensure that you have the proper insurance coverage
    • This is also a program requirement. Based on your answers to the Insurance Questionnaire, some insurance coverage may need to be secured prior to your event
  • IF YOU HAVE NOT RECEIVED COMMUNICATION FROM THE LONG CENTER, CLICK HERE TO CONTACT THE COMMUNITY PROGRAMS DEPARTMENT.

According to the City of Austin’s Payment Schedule, your payment distribution is:

  • Round 1 – 50% of your total award upon completion of all necessary paperwork
  • Round 2 – 40% of your total award after you:
    • Take a Miles Partnership Class; OR
    • Post to Visit Austin
    • These requirements will be verified by Cultural Arts Division staff and confirmation of these actions will be sent to Long Center to begin payment process.
  • Round 3 – 10% of your total award after:
    • Cultural Arts Division staff has emailed all awardees the requirements for payment and reporting.
    • Once all reporting has been verified, the Long Center will confirm with City of Austin that all requirements have been met and initiate payment.

The vast majority of awardees who have returned their completed paperwork should have received their Round 1 payment already. If you have not, please reach out to us. We have a dedicated email and phone number with a team of staff available to assist you. Here is our contact information:

Phone: 512-457-5139
Email: cityofaustingrants@thelongcenter.org

Round 2 payments have already begun for those who have completed a Miles Partnership class OR posted their event to the Visit Austin website. This is being verified by Cultural Arts Division Staff. Awardees can only receive Round 2 payment once they have also completed the paperwork necessary for a Round 1 payment. If you have questions about what you should be submitting, please use the contact information above for help.

Nexus Grant

ROUND 1 payments are being distributed for all awardees who have submitted the correct paperwork to the Long Center. We are processing ROUND 2 payments once the awardee completes the final report process with the City of Austin.

Thrive Grant

We are processing ROUND 3 payments once the awardee completes the process of the final report process with the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division.

Heritage Preservation Grant

We will be processing ROUND 2 payments upon receiving confirmation from the Heritage Tourism Department that all required documentation has been submitted. A list of this documentation has been sent to awardees by the Heritage Tourism Department. Please email melissa.alvarado@austintexas.gov for more information.