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 five 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. 


The FY2019 application cycle for AIP, CAP, PSP, OSP, KickstART and Local Filmmaker Program is now closed.

Cultural Funding Program Guidelines and Resources

FY2019 Local FilmMaker Program 

FY2019 Local Filmmaker Program Guidelines 

For more information, contact Rebecca Munoz, (915) 212-1770 or

Funding categories 

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

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  • 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.

  • KickstART Downtown fosters the continuing development of downtown El Paso as a destination for visitors by supporting recurring downtown festivals, events and programs that are largescale and with a demonstrated ability to drive tourism.


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. Access you grant applicant account and reporting forms at:  

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 

OSP/PSP Attendance Report Coming Soon

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