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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.
What is a Fiscal Sponsor? What should I look for in a Fiscal Sponsor? What are the requirements for Fiscal Sponsors in the Submittable Grant Platform?
Posting your Event to the Visit Austin Site is required of all HOT grant programs. This guide was developed by City of Austin Staff to help you navigate the submission process.
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.
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.
Verifying that you reside in Austin's Metropolitan Statistical Area is a requirement of the Economic Development Department's grant applications. To do so, simply enter your address at the top of the database. The box on the upper left-hand side of your screen will fill with information. If you live in the Austin MSA, the row labelled 'MSA/MD Name' will say "AUSTIN-ROUND ROCK-SAN MARCOS, TX"
Access a blank, fillable W9 form.
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.
All grant awardees must fill out a W9 as part of their award process. This guide is available for anyone who might need support

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