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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

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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Dialogues

As the designated, nonprofit local arts and culture agency, Houston Arts Alliance provides a public forum for arts and culture issues that our relevant to our community. Throughout the year, Houston Arts Alliance hosts conversations and panel discussions that are free and open to the public. HAA also periodically convenes the arts and culture field for special opportunities important to the sector.

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Research

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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News

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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General Operating Support/Expansion Grant


General operating grants are open to 501(c)3 arts/cultural nonprofits with prior two year average cash revenues in excess of $50,000 (as determined by their IRS 990s). Organizations must have been in existence for a minimum of three years prior to their application date; have completed (2) previous Arts Project Grants; and be physically based within City of Houston limits. These grant categories provide financial support toward the presentation or production of arts/cultural programs that serve to: 

  • Establish a nationally recognized cultural environment that attracts visitors and tourists to our city; and
  • Meet the needs of the culturally diverse residents and visitors of Houston.

General Operating Support (GOS) grants assist organizations with regular seasons of programming. While the grants are awarded for operating support, grantees are required to spend the grant funds only for the allowed purposes of the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT).

General Operating Support Expansion (GOSE) grants assist multicultural organizations with regular seasons of programming. While the grants are awarded for operating support, grantees are required to spend the grant funds only for the allowed purposes of the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT).

For more information, email Grants staff at grants@haatx.com.
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).
 

PLEASE NOTE


Acceptance into the GOS and GOSE grant categories require 1) a letter of inquiry, 2) a meeting with the HAA Director of Grants, and 3) a formal review by the Houston Arts Alliance Grants Committee. Additionally, organizations can only be considered for application change as a full applicant. This requirement applies includes:

  • Organizations that have successfully completed (2) City’s Initiative or Arts Project Grants
  • Current GOS grantees who desire to move into the GOSE grant category

Due to lower than anticipated HOT projections, we are not currently considering any designation changes for the FY17 grant term. Should you have any questions, email Grants staff at grants@haatx.com.
 

 


  

 


2017-2018 (FY18) GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT/EXPANSION GRANT

Grant Term: July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018
Application Workshops (Attendance Required): Thursday, January 12, 2017, 12 p.m.; Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 5 p.m.; or Friday, January 20, 2017, 9:30 a.m.
Application Opens: Thursday, February 2, 2017, 8:30 a.m.
Application Closes: Thursday, March 2, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Cultural Data Profile Deadline: March 2, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
Panels (By invitation only): Week of March 27 - 31, 2017
Award Announcement: June 2017

» Download the FY18 GOS/E Guidelines
» Download the FY18 GOS/E Application Workshop Presentation
» Download the FY18 DataArts Instructions
» Download the FY18 Maximum Eligible Award (MEA) Process

Reporting and Payment Schedule
Payments: 4 payments of 25/25/25/25%
For existing General Operating Support/Expansion grantees, this is the payment cycle that may be anticipated on an annual basis:

  • Payment 1*: By ACH deposit to grantee, no later than Wednesday, November 1, 2017
  • 2nd Quarter Report Due: To HAA, no later than Friday, January 5, 2018, 5:30 p.m.
  • Payment 2: By ACH deposit to grantee, no later than Thursday, February 1, 2018
  • 3rd Quarter Report Due: To HAA, no later than Friday, March 30, 2018, 5:30 p.m.
  • Payment 3: By ACH deposit to grantee, no later than Tuesday, May 1, 2018
  • Final Report Due**: To HAA, no later than Monday, July 2, 2018, 5:30 p.m
  • Payment 4: By ACH deposit to grantee, no later than Saturday, September 15, 2018

*Organizations will be eligible for their first payment after an executed signed copy of the grant contract, confirmed insurance, prior fiscal year’s Final Report and required Form 990 documentation have been verified by staff.
**If the Final Report is outstanding and not submitted prior to the beginning of the next fiscal year, the final payment may be forfeited.
Please refer to your signed contract for additional grant program details.

PLEASE NOTE: This schedule is subject to change.

2016-2017 (FY17) GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT/EXPANSION GRANT

Grant Term: July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017
Application Opened: Wednesday, February 24, 2016, 8:30 a.m.
Application Closed: Thursday, March 24, 2016, 5:30 p.m.

» Download the FY17 GOS/E Guidelines
» Download the FY17 Maximum Eligible Award (MEA) Process
» Download the FY17 GOS/E 2nd Quarter Report Form
» Download the FY17 GOS/E 3rd Quarter Report Form
» Download the 2017 GOS/E Programming Location Report Form
» Download the FY17 GOS/E Final Report Form


Reporting and Payment Schedule
Payments: 4 payments of 25/25/25/25%
For existing General Operating Support/Expansion grantees, this is the payment cycle that may be anticipated on an annual basis:

  • Payment 1*: By ACH deposit to grantee, no later than November 1, 2016
  • 2nd Quarter Report Due: To HAA, no later than Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
  • Payment 2: By ACH deposit to grantee, no later than February 1, 2017
  • 3rd Quarter Report Due: To HAA, no later than Monday, April 17, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
  • Payment 3: By ACH deposit to grantee, no later than May 1, 2017
  • Final Report Due**: To HAA, no later than Friday, June 30, 2017, 5:30 p.m.
  • Payment 4: By ACH deposit to grantee, no later than September 15, 2017

*Organizations will be eligible for their first payment after an executed signed copy of the grant contract, confirmed insurance, prior fiscal year’s Final Report and required Form 990 documentation have been verified by staff.
**If the Final Report is outstanding and not submitted prior to the beginning of the next fiscal year, the final payment may be forfeited.
Please refer to your signed contract for additional grant program details.

PLEASE NOTE: This schedule is subject to change.

2015-2016 (FY16) GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT/EXPANSION GRANT

2014-2015 (FY15) GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT/EXPANSION GRANT

2013-2014 (FY14) GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT/EXPANSION GRANT

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