The Texas Arts Plan

Organization Descriptions

Arts Organization with a budget under $50,000

This organization furthers the artistic and cultural offerings of the community or state with a mission that clearly speaks to the arts or a specific arts discipline. This organization:

College Arts Institution

A college arts institution is part of a public or private Texas university or college, but it is primarily open to the public and does not include an academic department or classes. Possible examples include museums, radio stations, film series, and performance halls. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact TCA program staff to determine eligibility. A College Arts Institution:

College or University Department

A college or university department can be part of a public or private Texas university or college. The Commission views each department within a four-year university or college as a separate applicant. Community colleges are permitted one account per campus. The Commission does not fund projects involving college or university academic credit that will ultimately be used toward a degree, nor will the Commission fund projects at colleges and universities that primarily relate to curriculum and have minimal or no community involvement. Successful applications should show how the project would be marketed to the general community beyond the college.

Company or Unincorporated Group

A company or unincorporated group is an arts and cultural organization that does not have a 501(c)(3) nonprofit determination from the IRS.

Established Arts Organization with a budget between $50,000 and $1 million

An arts organization furthers the artistic and cultural offerings of the community or state with a mission that clearly speaks to the arts or a specific arts discipline. This organization:

Established Arts Organization with a budget between $1 million and $5 million

An arts organization furthers the artistic and cultural offerings of the community or state with a mission that clearly speaks to the arts or a specific arts discipline. This organization:

Established Arts Organization with a budget over $5 million

An arts organization furthers the artistic and cultural offerings of the community or state with a mission that clearly speaks to the arts or a specific arts discipline. This organization:

Established Minority Arts Organization with a budget over $50,000

An arts organization furthers the artistic and cultural offerings of the community or state with a mission that clearly speaks to the arts or a specific arts discipline. This organization:

Government Agency or Department

Under certain programs, other appropriate organizations may apply for funding. These organizations can include entities of government that offer quality cultural arts programs and may be libraries, parks and recreation departments, public housing developments, or any department with arts programs within municipal, county, state, or federal government.

Government Local Arts Agency

A government local arts agency is an organization whose primary purpose is to provide support, services, financial assistance, and developmental planning to arts producing/presenting organizations, individual artists, and the general public. This organization is an entity of local government, such as city arts commission, or parks and recreation department, with overall arts and cultural responsibilities. This organization distributes hotel/motel tax or other local funding to their community arts organizations through a granting program.

Individual Artist

An artist is a practitioner of performing, literary, visual, media, traditional craft, folk arts, multimedia and/or performance art.

K-12 Educational Institution

A K-12 Educational Institution is a public elementary, middle, or secondary school within the Texas Education Agency's state school districts; an independent school district; a private school; a charter school; or an Educational Service Center (ESC).

Local Arts Agency

A Local Arts Agency is an organization whose primary purpose is to provide support, services, financial assistance, and developmental planning to arts producing/presenting organizations, individual artists, and the general public. This organization may also be a cultural affairs committee of a chamber of commerce that distributes hotel/motel tax or other local funding to their community arts organizations through a granting program. A local arts agency:

Minority Arts Organization with a budget under $50,000

This organization furthers the artistic and cultural offerings of the community or state with a mission that clearly speaks to the arts or a specific arts discipline. This organization:

Other Nonprofit

This category can include civic, service, humanities, science, social services, history and other nonprofit organizations incorporated in Texas.

Rural Arts Provider

In rural counties where there is a lack of art organizations, TCA will allow governmental or nonprofit organizations that have a record of providing quality arts programming in their community to be considered Rural Arts Providers. These organizations may be libraries; parks and recreation departments; schools; chambers of commerce; Main Street programs; other nonprofit organizations; or departments of municipal, county, state, or federal government.

TCA Cultural District

A nonprofit entity serving as the lead organization for an approved TCA designated Cultural District. Only one account will be allowed per district.

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