Cultural Funding Program
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.
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Application Deadline: June 18, 2021, 11:59 pm
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All applicants are required to attend a mandatory orientation prior to submitting an application.
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The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) is looking for qualified individuals to serve as Review Panelists to assist the department with the Cultural Funding Program application review process. Selected panelists will serve on a review panel and review funding applications submitted to MCAD.
Nominate a Panelist
Deadline to submit panel nominations: June 15, 2021, 11:59 MT
The Cultural Funding Program provides resources through the following six granting categories:
- 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 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.
- Arts Activate Program (AAP) *New for FY22 (Replaces CAP and PSP) provides project-based support for the creation and presentation of innovative arts and cultural activities that are reflective of the El Paso region’s rich and diverse art, culture and heritage. AAP encourages creative interaction and collaboration among artists, non-profits, residents, neighborhoods and community-based organizations that support community arts development.
- Local Filmmaker Program (LFP) *On hiatus for FY22* 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.
KickstArt Downtown *On hiatus for FY22*