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Cultural Funding Programs

Cultural Funding Programs are available to provide support to local arts and cultural organizations and other community-based organizations that provide high quality arts experiences that are innovative, accessible and appealing to El Pasoans and that promote cultural tourism.

The City of El Paso will award cultural services contracts through the following funding programs:
  • Operating Support Program (OSP): OSP is designed to support the organizational stability of El Paso's arts and cultural assets and to cultivate organizational growth and professional development. This category is open to organizations with a minimum of a three (3) year funding history from the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD).
     
  • Project Support Program (PSP): PSP supports programs that provide high quality arts experiences that are innovative, accessible and appealing to local residents and visitors alike. Project support funds can be used for all project related expenses such as, administration, production costs, artistic fees, coordination (including staffing), audience development, outreach and marketing.
     
  • Community Arts Program (CAP): Provides funding for non-profit arts and cultural organizations and individual artists to provide a variety of arts and cultural activities that have a focus on arts education and community arts development. The program will create a roster of arts and culture providers available to provide services throughout the city. It is designed to encourage creative interaction among artists, residents and neighborhoods, as well as to encourage collaboration between artists and community-based organizations/services. (Please Visit Arts & Education for more Info)
     
  • Artist Incubator Program (AIP): This program promotes awareness of the contribution that El Paso artist make in our community. This program will provide funding directly to individual artists. Individuals funded through this program must provide a report at the conclusion of a program or event that includes attendance, location, an evaluation of the program, and financial statement.
     

 
GENERAL CULTURAL FUNDING GUIDELINES
FUNDING PROGRAM TIMELINE
Fiscal Year 2014-2015
 
March 3, 2013
 
 
 
Guidelines & Applications available online
Each applicant will be responsible for printing their own copy of the Cultural Funding Guidelines and the Application of the Program for which you will apply.
ORIENTATION SESSIONS  -  ATTENDANCE MANDATORY FOR ALL APPLICANTS
Operational Support Program   
 
EARLY BIRD SESSIONS:
March 11, 2014
AM session 9:00am -9:45am
City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department
Board Room
400 West San Antonio Suite A
El Paso, TX 79901
LATE SESSIONS:
No late Session
Project Support Program
 
March 18, 2014
AM session 10:00am-10:45am
Judge Marquez Library
610 N. Yarborough
El Paso, Texas 79915
or
March 20, 2014
PM session  5:30pm - 6:15pm
El Paso City Hall, Main Room 2nd Floor
300 N. Campbell
El Paso, Texas 79901
April 15, 2014
AM session 10:00-10:45am
Cisneros Library
1300 Hawkins
El Paso, Texas 79925
or
April 15, 2014
PM session  5:30pm-6:15pm
El Paso City Hall, Main Room
2nd Floor
300 N. Campbell
El Paso, Texas 79901
Community Arts Program
 
March 18, 2014
AM session 11am-11:45am
Judge Marquez Library,
610 N. Yarborough
El Paso, Texas 79915
Or
March 20, 2014
PM session 6:15pm-7pm
El Paso City Hall, Main Room 2nd Floor
300 N. Campbell
El Paso, Texas 79901
April  15, 2014
AM session 11:00am-11:45am
Cisneros Library
1300 Hawkins
El Paso, Texas 79925
Or
April 15, 2014
PM session 6:15pm-7:00pm
El Paso City Hall, Main Room
2nd Floor
300 N. Campbell
El Paso, TX 79901
Artist Incubator Program
 
March 18, 2014
AM session  12:00pm-12:45pm
Judge Marquez Library,
610 N. Yarborough
El Paso, Texas 79915
or
March 20, 2014
PM session    7:00pm-7:45pm
El Paso City Hall, Main Room 2nd Floor
300 N. Campbell
El Paso, Texas 79901
April 15, 2014
AM session  12:00pm-12:45pm
Cisneros Library
1300 Hawkins
El Paso, Texas 79925
or
April 15, 2014
PM session    7:00pm-7:45pm
El Paso City Hall, Main Room
2nd Floor
300 N. Campbell
El Paso, TX 79901
April 28, 2014
 
Application Due
Applications must be hand delivered or postmarked by the deadline date.
OSP, PSP, CAP, AIP.
May 29, 2014
 
Applicant schedule panel review times will be posted online:
www.elpasoartsandculture.org
It is the applicant’s responsibility to check the review time online, no other notices will be sent.
El Paso Museum of History, Seminar Room
June 3, 2014
June 10, 11, 2014
June 17, 18, 2014
June 24, 25, 2014
 
Panel Review Sessions
Failure to attend the panel meeting will result in a reduction of 20 points

Operational Support Program (OSP) Panel Review
Project Support Program (PSP) Panel Review
Community Arts Program (CAP) Panel Review
Artist Incubator Program (AIP) Panel Review
July 17, 2014
 
Program Recommendations
Based on applicant’s scores and availability of funds, recommendations for awards and declines are forwarded to the Museums and Cultural Affairs Advisory Board (MCAAB) for review and approval
End of August, 2014
 
City Council approves FY 2014 City Budget   
 
Funding amount determination letter will be sent out to all awardees or declines after City Council Approval of the Budget for FY 2015 (September 2014 through August 2015)
September, 2014
 
Contracts will be drafted for Fiscal Year 2015
(September 1, 2014 through August 15, 2015)
All contracts must be signed no later than November 15, 2014


 

The Application Package by Program (Fiscal Year 2014-2015)
This format is an abridged version of each program. A simpler Application Guidelines for each program.
 
 

 
Reports for Fiscal Year 2014 (Fiscal Year 2013-2014)
 
 Operational Support Program (OSP)
 
 Project Support Program (PSP)
 

City Departments On The Web
 
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