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.
Local artists -ALL DISCIPLINES- are encouraged to apply for MCAD presents Artist to Entrepreneur Accelerator in partnership with thChrch, a PAID, professional development opportunity for emerging artists.
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.
FY2020 CULTURAL FUNDING INFORMATION
**THE FY2020 Funding Cycle is now closed. Applicants to the Cultural Funding Program will be notified in September.**
Cultural Funding Program Guidelines and Resources
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