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About Us

Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is the local nonprofit arts and culture agency that enhances the city’s quality of life through advancing and investing in the arts and diverse cultural programming. The work of HAA encourages Houston’s development and shapes its global reputation by fostering tourism and supporting and promoting the city’s creative economy.

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Public Art

Creating public spaces for civic and cultural use requires artists, designers, architects, and the community to collaborate. By actively fostering these partnerships, both public and private, HAA’s Civic Art + Design program initiates, manages, and maintains public artworks throughout Houston. It serves a vital role as catalyst for change that generates a culturally relevant and rich environment for residents and visitors alike.

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Folklife + Civic Engagement

Houston Arts Alliance’s Folklife + Civic Engagement program identifies and honors the artistic and cultural traditions of the city’s tremendously diverse and various communities and works to address the needs of all residents through engagement, citizen-driven initiatives, and equitable community outcomes. The Folklife program has been in existence since 2010. The addition of Civic Engagement to its portfolio was enacted through an HAA bylaws change in 2016.

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Grants are a fundamental means of promoting excellence in the creative sector. On behalf of the City of Houston, HAA awards approximately 225 grants annually to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and individual artists through a competitive grant allocation process.

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Capacity Building

Houston Arts Alliance provides voice and leadership through its support of arts organizations and individual artists with programs and services that help build and foster a vibrant and creative community—these programs and services help to ensure that the arts professionals’ creative contributions remain a vital part of community life across Houston and the region.

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Houston Arts Alliance continues to play an important role in arts and culture research projects, initiating and participating in studies that demonstrate the far-reaching impact of arts and culture on our economy and quality of life.

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Get Involved

Looking for a way to lend a hand? Investing in the arts and culture is an investment in the quality of life for all Houstonians. Join Houston Arts Alliance as a donor, member or volunteer!

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Houston Arts Alliance utilizes different vehicles to communicate with it diverse audiences, ranging from the city’s arts and culture community to residents to tourists. Find out more about HAA’s electronic newsletters and connect with us through social media. Our online Press Room provides resources for members of the media.

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City’s Initiative Grant

City's Initiative (CI) grants provides one-time funding to City of Houston 501(c)3 arts/cultural nonprofits for new opportunities that (1) are not part of the applicant's annual budget or regular programming/annual events, and (2) promote cultural tourism. Examples include the opportunity to present an artist or performance that was not included in an annual season or an unanticipated invitation to perform or exhibit (as part of a conference or meeting being held in Houston). Awards are restricted to artistic and marketing costs with $10,000 as the maximum amount awarded.

For more information, email Grants staff at
Organizations approved for a grant will enter into an agreement with Houston Arts Alliance (outlining the activities being supported through grant evaluations and accountability requirements).



Grant Term: July 1, 2017 – December 31, 2018
Application Opens: Bimonthly the first Monday after a deadline
Application Deadlines: Bimonthly, the last Friday of the month
Panel Reviews: Bimonthly
Notifications of Award: Bimonthly

Upcoming Deadlines (subject to change)

  • Friday, June 23, 2017, 5:30 p.m. (For projects beginning after Thursday, September 22, 2017)
  • Friday, August 25, 2017, 5:30 p.m. (For projects beginning after Thursday, November 23, 2017)
  • Friday, October 27, 2017, 5:30 p.m. (For projects beginning after Thursday, January 25, 2018)
  • Friday, December 29, 2017, 5:30 p.m. (For projects beginning after Thursday, March 22, 2018)
  • Friday, February 23, 2018, 5:30 p.m. (For projects beginning after Thursday, May 24, 2018)
  • Friday, April 27, 2018, 5:30 p.m. (For projects beginning after Thursday, July 26, 2018)
  • Friday, June 29, 2018, 5:30 p.m. (For projects beginning after Thursday, September 27, 2018)
  • Friday, August 31, 2018, 5:30 p.m. (For projects beginning after Thursday, November 29, 2018)
  • Friday, October 26, 2018, 5:30 p.m. (For projects beginning after Thursday, January 24, 2019)

Application Requirements

  • A preliminary meeting is required—at least 48 hours from a City's Initiative deadline—for organizations looking to make application. To schedule a meeting, email
  • All requests for funding must be submitted at least 90 calendar days in advance of the project begin date. Please do not submit an application if your project does not meet this requirement.

The City’s Initiative application is available through an online application portal.

  1. To begin an application, click on the "Apply" button below.
  2. If you have not already done so, create a login and password under the “Sign Up” tab.
  3. Once logged in, you can begin the application by clicking on “Your Requests.”
  4. Please upload any supplemental materials for your proposal directly to the application under the “Uploads” tab.
  5. Email should you have any questions completing the online application.

» Download the FY17 CI Guidelines
» Download the FY17 CI Final Report Form




Grant Term: July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017

» Download the FY17 CI Guidelines
» Download the FY17 CI Final Report Form


Grant Term: July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016

» Download the FY16 CI Guidelines
» Download the FY16 CI Final Report Form


Grant Term: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

» Download the FY15 CI Final Report Form
» Download the FY15 CI Guidelines

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