Grant Deadlines, Strategic Planning & Grant Writing Webinars, TCA’s Next Budget, and More!

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Texas Commission on the Arts

Upcoming TCA Application Deadlines:
TCA has several upcoming application deadlines. As always, the TCA staff is happy to discuss your goals and eligibility to determine which programs are right for you. You may also request that a TCA staff member review your application and provide feedback. Ideally, these requests would be made at least two weeks before the application deadline. For your assistance, TCA has recently recorded a Grant Writing Basics webinar with Humanities Texas, available here.
Grant Program: Arts Respond Project
Arts Respond Project grants provide project assistance grants to nonprofit arts organizations on a short-term basis and may include administrative costs directly related to the project. Projects must address one of the following priority areas: economic development, education, health & human services, public safety & criminal justice, or natural resources & agriculture.
Activity dates must be: Between April 1, 2019 and August 31, 2019
Application deadline: Midnight on January 15, 2019
Application form: Online
Application limit: Organizations may submit one application for this deadline. Organizations should not submit more than one application addressing the same priority area per fiscal year.
Resources: Grant guidelines, contact TCA staff, webinar
Designation Program: Cultural District Designation
This program designates special zones in cities and Texas communities that harness the power of cultural resources to stimulate economic development and community revitalization.
Application deadline: Letter of Intent to apply due January 30; application due June 15
Application form: On Cultural Districts Program page
Grant Program: Arts Respond Performance Support
This program provides professional artist fees to Texas nonprofits, schools, colleges, and units of government for hiring an artist from the Texas Touring Roster to do a performance. These applications are funded based on a percentage of contracted fees.
Activity dates must start: Between March 15, 2019 and June 14, 2019
Application deadline: Midnight on February 1, 2019
Application form: Online
Grant Program: Arts Create
This program provides multi-year operational support to arts organizations with established cash budgets over $50,000. Applicants write their grant for a one-year period, and if funded, will provide an update for the second year. Depending on the availability of funds, the organization’s award amount will be the same for two fiscal years.
Support dates must be: Between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020
Application deadline: Midnight on March 1 or March 15. Note: deadline varies depending on organization classification. Your specific deadline will be shown in your online account with TCA.
Application form: Online
Resources: Grant guidelines, contact TCA staff, links to recorded webinars about the application process will be sent to eligible account holders.

TCA’s Next Budget to be Determined in Legislative Session 

The 86th Session of the Texas Legislature will begin on Tuesday, January 8. Since the Texas Legislature meets biennially, it will make decisions on two years’ worth of State budgeting, including TCA’s budget for fiscal year 2020 (September 1, 2019-August 31, 2020) and fiscal year 2021 (September 1, 2020-August 31, 2021). As part of the budget process, TCA filed a Strategic Plan and Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR). The format of the LAR allows TCA to request the amount of its current two-year budget as the Base Appropriations Request, and to ask for additional Exceptional Items as additions to the budget for the coming two years.

TCA’s Legislative Appropriations Request is available in full here.
Base Appropriations Request: $12,636,076 over the biennium
Exceptional Items: $5,550,000 over the biennium (detailed below)
– Exceptional Item #1 – Restore Cultural Districts Project (CDP) Grants Base-Level Funding
TOTAL: $5,000,000 over the biennium. In 2017, the 85th legislature cut funding for this grant program entirely for fiscal years 2018 and 2019, despite the Office of the Governor’s and the Legislative Budget Board’s joint determination that this money was in fact part of the agency’s base level appropriations. Current and future cultural districts are in need of staffing support, infrastructure (signage and capital improvements), marketing budgets, and event underwriting. Adequate funding for this program is critical to ensure Texas’ competitiveness with respect to similar programs in neighboring states such as Louisiana, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.
– Exceptional Item #2 – Arts Healing Grants for Active Service Members and Veterans
TOTAL: $500,000 over the biennium. Texas is home to a significant and increasing number of active-duty service members and veterans, and their families, who experience severe physical and/or psychological hardships related to their military deployment. A wealth of research confirms the therapeutic benefits of arts-based programs for these constituents. Building on its experiences at the 2018 Texas Creative Forces Arts and Military Conference at Fort Hood, which included Karen Pence, Second Lady of the United States, and Cecilia Abbott, First Lady of Texas, as participants, the agency is requesting grant funding for organizations to provide arts-based programming to serve these populations on active military bases and in their surrounding communities across the state.
– Exceptional Item #3 – CAPPS Financials Implementation
TOTAL: $50,000 over the biennium. The Comptroller of Public Accounts has selected the agency for transition to the CAPPS Financials module during the 2021 fiscal year. Based upon the Comptroller’s guidance, the agency has determined it is likely to incur significant out-of-pocket costs relating to the computer programming services necessary to ensure that its Grants Management System interfaces properly with the new CAPPS system. The agency also expects to incur a number of significant soft costs during this transition, but will absorb these costs within its current base-level funding and staffing levels.
The Texas Association of Business has endorsed TCA as part of their legislative priorities for economic development “to foster the growth of arts and culture industries throughout the state, resulting in job creation and increased cultural tourism. Restore funding to the TCA’s Cultural & Fine Arts District Program, which catalyzes economic development and community revitalization, leveraging additional public and private resources, enhancing the quality of life for residents and attracting tourists.”

TCA’s Legislative Appropriations Request will be considered as part of House Bill 1. After the Legislature convenes on January 8, committee appointments will be made. The Senate Finance Committee and the House Appropriations Committee will review TCA’s LAR and discuss all requested amounts. The Legislative Session will end on May 27, 2019.

New Grants Approved
Carolina Storyteller, one of the 54 Texas Touring Roster artists providing performances and services through the December grants.
On December 5, TCA Commissioners approved funding of 116 grants in the second funding round for fiscal year 2019. The grants total over $135,000 and will go to nonprofits and units of government in 53 cities. These grants include the quarterly Arts Respond Performance Support program and the quarterly Commission Initiatives and Designated Funding program. TCA’s full list of fiscal year 2019 grants is here.
Arts Respond Performance Support grants provide partial support to help applicants host an artist from the Texas Touring Roster in their community. The 111 grants for this quarter total $107,363 and will go to 92 organizations and units of government in 51 Texas cities. Recipients include organizations, libraries, and schools across the state, including those in rural communities like Monahans, Livingston, Paris, and Seminole.

The Commission Initiatives and Designated Funding program distributed $12,500 to the Mid-America Arts Alliance for their programs serving Texas audiences, artists, and organizations such as the Artist Inc. training program and the Exhibits USA touring exhibitions program. An additional $16,000 was approved to support spring rural tours by four Texas Touring Roster artists. Each artist will receive $4,000 to give six free public performances that will serve designated rural counties in the Panhandle, west Texas, southeast Texas, and the Rio Grande Valley between March 1 and May 31.

Strategic Planning: A Roadmap to Your Success
Dr. Froswa' Booker-Drew headshot
Froswa’ Booker-Drew, Ph.D.
Sign up now for TCA’s next live webinar, Strategic Planning: A Roadmap to Your Success, at 2 PM Central on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Strategic planning is key to running a successful nonprofit arts organization. A strategic plan is a tool that provides direction for an organization to fulfill its mission with a focus on effectiveness, efficiency, and impact. Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew, consultant and Director of Community Affairs for the State Fair of Texas, will present the components of a strong plan, the role of stakeholders, and how to monitor your progress. Register for the webinar now.
Froswa’ Booker-Drew, Ph.D., has been quoted in Forbes, Ozy, Bustle, The Huffington Post, and other media outlets, due to an extensive background in leadership, nonprofit management, partnership development, training and education. As the Director of Community Affairs for the State Fair of Texas, she is responsible for education, community involvement and philanthropic donations. Formerly the National Community Engagement Director for World Vision, she served as a catalyst, partnership broker, and builder of the capacity of local partners in multiple locations across the US to improve and sustain the well-being of children and their families. Dr. Booker-Drew was a part of the documentary film, Friendly Captivity, which follows a cast of seven women from Dallas to India. She is the recipient of several honors including semi-finalist for the SMU TED Talks in 2012, 2012 Outstanding African-American Alumni Award from the University of Texas at Arlington, and 2009 Woman of the Year Award by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Additionally, she was awarded Diversity Ambassador for the American Red Cross. Froswa’ graduated with a Ph.D. from Antioch University in Leadership and Change with a focus on social capital, diverse women and relational leadership. She attended the Jean Baker Miller Institute at Wellesley College for training in Relational Cultural Theory and has completed facilitator training on Immunity to Change based on the work of Kegan and Lahey of Harvard. She has also completed training through UNICEF on Equity Based Evaluations. She is the author of two workbooks for women, Ready for a Revolution: 30 Days to Jolt Your Life and Rules of Engagement: Making Connections Last. Froswa’ was a workshop presenter at the United Nations in 2013 on the Access to Power. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Antioch University and an adjunct professor at the University of North Texas-Dallas. She is a writer for several publications around the world.
Eric Lupfer, Ph.D.

If you aren’t able to attend the live webinar, or if you missed our October webinar, Making Your Case with Impactful Data with Chris Dyer, good news! All of our professional development webinars are recorded and available online for free.

But wait: there’s more! New this month, we’ve produced a recorded webinar on Grant Writing Basics with Eric Lupfer, Director of Grants and Education at Humanities Texas, and Laura Wiegand, TCA’s Director of Programs & Technology. The webinar covers assessment & research, cultivation of partnerships, getting organized, proposal writing, and stewardship and follow through. Watch it here for free!