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This document has additional details for the grant programs run by the Cultural Arts Division: Thrive, Nexus, and Elevate. In it, you will find information that pertains broadly to all three programs. This includes (but is not limited to) details on funding sources, eligible activites and expenses, panel processes, contractual requirements, and a glossary of terms.
Submittable serves as an online platform designed to gather grant applications, foster communication with applicants, assess content, and oversee the decision making process
You can only be awarded one HOT grant per year. Knowing which grant you are most eligible for it the most important step for starting your application!
This guide aims to provide helpful tips and insights to assist you in crafting a successful grant application. It is generalized for all the grant programs administered by Create Austin (The Long Center) and run by the Economic Development Department.
Often its not just one person who contributes to a grant application. Whether you are using a Fiscal Sponsor, hiring a grant writer, getting help from your bandmates, or you have a development department - knowing who needs to be the primary account holder in Submittable is important.
Your City Council members and their appointed Commissioners for Arts and Music Commission is an important thing to know if you wish to step into the world of civic engagement for these grant programs.
State Statues aren't often the most rivetting read, but they are the legal foundation of all the HOT Grant Programs. Its here as a resource for anyone who wants to take a peak at what all these programs tie back to.
Established by the City of Austin, the Austin Live Music Fund provides an ongoing budget for cultural funding programs for Austin’s music industry. See statistics and details from the City of Austin Economic Development Department for the 2023 Live Music Fund Event Program.
Arts Hub is an Australian organization specializing in supporting their national arts industry. If you're a visual or auditory learner, or would just like some supplemental guidance on what goes in to a successful grant application, this video is for you.

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