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), the Texas Commission on the Arts and some City general funds.

FY2018 Cultural Funding Information

The FY2018 cycle is now closed.

The Cultural Funding Program is now accepting nominations for panelists. To nominate a panelist, please complete the form at

Online panel reviews will take place in June, and award notifications will be sent in September.

Cultural Funding Program Guidelines and Resources

Cultural Funding Timeline

FY2018 List of Required Attachments - UPDATED

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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 2017, 73 awardees were approved for funding by review panels of local artists, non-profit and arts administrators and community representatives.  See FY 2017 Cultural Funding Awardees List.

awardee resources & reports 


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Reporting for all Cultural Funding Program recipients will now be online. Access you grant applicant account and reporting forms at:  

Operational Support Program (OSP) 

Quarterly Attendance Report

Project Support Program (PSP)

Quarterly Attendance Report

Community Art Program (CAP)

**2017 CAP CATALOG - NEW **

Host Form

Downloadable Host Form

Community Host Agreement

Host Evaluation Form

Downloadable Evaluation Form

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