Texas Commission on the Arts
The Texas Arts Plan

General Guidelines and Policies

Applicant Eligibility

To be eligible for TCA grants, an organization must:

Ineligible Requests

The Commission will not fund the following:

Note: The Commission will only fund capital improvements, bricks and mortar, and permanent (depreciable) equipment through the Arts Respond Cultural Districts or Commission Initiative/Designated Funding grant programs.

Application Review Criteria

Applications are reviewed and evaluated using the criteria listed below.



General Consideration:

Does the application reflect the intent of the grant program?

Artistic Quality: 1-50 points

Capability: 1-25 points

Impact: 1-25 points

Getting Help

Staff members are available to answer questions and provide information on the Commission's services.

TCA staff will accept draft applications for review and comment up to two weeks before the deadline. To submit a draft, send an e-mail to draft@arts.texas.gov and request a draft review. Include your organization name and the name of the proposal you want reviewed. Commission staff are also available to consult with applicants by telephone at 512/463-5535 or 800/252-9415 (message line), or in person by appointment at 920 Colorado, 5th floor, Austin, Texas. The staff's role is to assist the applicant in making the best presentation for funding. Staff will not write the application or determine funding request.

Access Policy

For people who are Deaf or have a hearing disability, the Commission may be reached by contacting Relay Texas at 800/735-2989 or 711.

The Texas Commission on the Arts places a high priority on overcoming physical and communication barriers in the delivery of its services. Reasonable modifications and equal access to communications will be provided on request. If you have a disability that requires access accommodations, please contact the Commission ADA Coordinator at least 72 hours prior to the date accommodations are needed: 512/936-6575. This publication is available in alternative formats.

Complaint Policy

Complaints are taken very seriously. TCA maintains a complaint procedure to ensure constituents are assisted in the most efficient manner possible. All complaints are directed to the office of the Deputy Director. If the complaint cannot be handled over the phone, TCA encourages constituents to submit the complaint in writing. A response will be forthcoming within 3 days.

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