Arts Funding

As part of its mission to drive El Paso’s cultural vitality, MCAD provides support annually to local artists, area non-profit arts organizations and creative entrepreneurs through a competitive granting process in six categories that is designed for maximum transparency.

Funding for the Cultural Funding Program is derived from local allocation of Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) and some City general funds.

Applications for the Artist to Entrepreneur Accelerator are now closed. Notifications will be sent next week to those who have been selected. 

MCAD will host an intensive professional development workshop series, in partnership with thChrch, for emerging and mid-career artists that will help them develop the business side of their career. Artists will participate in workshops that will help them develop stronger applications and portfolios for grants or calls as well as address issues like taxes, liability insurance and personal health. All artists will receive a stipend to attend the month-long workshop series. 

**Workshop attendees who need accommodations should contact Rebecca Munoz 24 hours in advance at 212-1770 or**

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**THE FY2020 Funding Cycle is now closed. Applicants to the Cultural Funding Program will be notified in September.**

Cultural Funding Program Guidelines and Resources

Cultural Funding Program Guidelines

Local Filmmakers Program Guidelines

KickstArt Downtown Guidelines

Cultural Funding Program List of Required Attachments

Funding Cycle Timeline and Orientation Schedule

FY2020 Cultural Funding Program Timeline

FY2020 Cultural Funding Program MANDATORY Orientation Schedule

The deadline to apply was May 10, 2019, 11:59 PM MT. No late or incomplete applications will be accepted. 

The last day to receive assistance from MCAD is May 9, at noon MT. We are no longer conducting individual orientation sessions. 

Nominate a Panelist

MCAD is seeking review panel nominations for the FY2020 funding cycle. If you know of an individual who is a supporter of the arts, and has the time to participate in the review panel process, please nominate them by clicking on the link below: Panel Nomination Form


The Cultural Funding Program provides resources through the following six granting categories:

CAP award recipient Capoeira El Paso

  • The Operating Support Program (OSP) is designed to support the stability of El Paso's arts and cultural assets and to cultivate organizational growth and professional development. This category is open to non-profit, professionally staffed arts organizations with a minimum of a three-year funding history from MCAD.  Funds can be used for any operating expenses.
  • The Project Support Program (PSP) supports non-profit organizations’ high quality arts experiences that are innovative, accessible and appealing to both El Pasoans and visitors. PSP funds can be used for all project-related expenses including administration, production costs, artistic fees, outreach and marketing.
  • The Community Arts Program (CAP) provides funding for grassroots non-profit arts/cultural organizations and individual artists to provide activities, services, performances and demonstrations in community and neighborhood spaces. The program creates a roster of arts and culture providers available to provide free services throughout the city.
  • The Artist Incubator Program (AIP) supports the creation of new work by El Paso artists in all disciplines.  Eligible projects must be able to be completed and exhibited or performed publicly within the yearlong funding cycle.
  • The Local Filmmaker Program (LFP) is a competitive, matching funds program designed to support the work of El Paso filmmakers. The LFP will support projects directed by El Paso artists, which are ready to move into the production or post-production stages of the filmmaking process.

LFP Award Recipient Iliana Sosa


MCAD is pleased to announce its Cultural Funding Awardees for this fiscal year.The cultural funding program is a way for MCAD to directly invest in the arts, to foster cultural activity and build a vibrant creative community.

For Fiscal Year 2019, 58 awardees were approved for funding by review panels of local artists, non-profit and arts administrators and community representatives.  

FY2019 Cultural Funding Awardees List

FY2018 Local Filmmaker Program Awardees List

awardee resources & reports 


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Grantee Mid-year and Final Report information

Reporting for all Cultural Funding Program recipients will now be online. New forms will be updated soon.

OSP/PSP Quarterly Reporting

All funded OSP and PSP organizations must submit quarterly attendance reports. Please download the reporting schedule to stay up-to-date on reporting deadlines.

Attendance Tracking Worksheet - (Optional –does not have to be submitted to the Cultural Development Coordinator)                                                                   

Reporting Links for each quarter can be accessed through the following links:

Community Art Program (CAP)

The Community Arts Program offers free arts programming to eligible community host organizations. To find out more about the roster of artists available for FY 2019, download the Community Arts Program Catalog. 

To apply to become a Community Host for one of the artists on the CAP roster, fill out the Community Host Form found at the following link:  

Host Form - 2019

All Community Hosts must provide an evaluations, 7 days after the service is completed. The Community Host Evaluation Form is found at the following link:

Host Evaluation Form - 2019

2019 CAP Catalog 

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