Art Related Grants

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History of Arts Funding in the City of Lewisville

Since the early 1990s, the City of Lewisville has awarded Arts Support Grants to local nonprofit arts organizations using Hotel Occupancy Tax money. State law allows this use, up to 15 percent of gross revenue, as promotion of tourism. Arts Support Grants applications are submitted to, and reviewed by, the Arts Advisory Board each spring. A recommendation is included in the annual proposed budget for City Council consideration, and grant awards are made on an annual basis.

In 2012, Council approved creating a new program to supplement the annual Arts Support grant program. The Arts Project Grants are not bound by a once-a-year application schedule and are intended to serve as one-time or first-time funding for programs being produced by a nonprofit that were not considered during the Arts Support Grants review process. Applications for these grants are also reviewed by the Arts Advisory Board, recommended to council and are paid out based on project timing.

The Artist Microgrant program launched in the spring of 2018, in connection to the adoption of the Public Art Master Plan adopted by City Council in January 2018. The Artist Microgrant program is open to individual artists to apply for funding for a specific project or program they are wanting to produce or hold within the City of Lewisville. Artist Microgrants are available year-round until funding in the category is depleted for the fiscal year. Projects must be open or available to the public, must benefit the residents of the City of Lewisville and help drive tourism. Each Artist Microgrant awarded will be in the amount of $1000.


Arts Support Grants

Grant applications are submitted to, and reviewed by, the Arts Advisory Board each spring. A recommendation is included in the annual proposed budget for Council consideration, and grant awards are made on an annual basis. For the 2017-2018 fiscal year seven grants were awarded for a total of $168,400.

An Arts organization meeting all criteria listed below is eligible to apply for funding from the City of Lewisville Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund:

  • Non Profit tax-exempt arts organizations;
  • Proposing a program/event/exhibition to take place within the city limits of the City of Lewisville. Events may be held outside of the city limits of Lewisville with approval of the City council;
  • Must have successfully fulfilled all prior contractual obligations to City of Lewisville;
  • Must have local (Lewisville resident) representation on Board of Directors; and
  • A representative of the organization must have attended the pre application training session to be scheduled annually.

In 2012, Council approved creating a new program to supplement the annual grant program. These new Arts Project Grants are not bound by a once-a-year application schedule and are intended to serve as one-time or first-time funding for programs that were not considered during the Arts Support Grants review process.

For more information on the Arts Grant Program for the City of Lewisville, please contact Arts Manager Denise Helbing at 972.219.8478 or by email at dhelbing@cityoflewisville.com.

Arts Support Grant Guidelines

Arts Support Grant Application

Policy Statement Hotel Occupancy Tax Requests

General Schedule for Applications/Review/Approval

  • February 15, 2018: Digital Arts Support Grant applications are made available. Applicants may contact Arts Manager to schedule a time to review the application form and answer any questions on the process of application.
  • March 7, 2018, 6 p.m.: Mandatory workshop for all potential grant applicant groups to learn of the changes to the application and its requirements, reporting expectation and marketing tips.

  • February 20 - April 3: Arts Manager available by appointment to meet with applicants to review application form and answer any questions on the process of application.
  • April 6, 2018: Completed applications and support materials are due to Arts Manager. Applications submitted after this date will not be accepted.
  • April 17, 2018: Arts Manager will distribute copies of the submitted applications to members of the Arts Advisory Board for review. Arts Manager will also provide copies of the grant review instrument to the Arts Board.
  • May 15, 2018: Arts Advisory Board Meets to make recommendation on funding of Arts Grants for FY 2018-2019.
  • June 4, 2018: Arts Manager delivers recommendation of Arts Advisory Board to City Manager.
  • TBD: Annual City Council Budget Workshop
  • TBD: City Council adoption of budget

FY 2017-18 Grant Recipients
Organization
Grant Amount
Greater Lewisville Community Theatre $34,000
Lakecities Ballet Theatre $42,000
Lewisville Civic Chorale $5,000
Lewisville Lake Symphony $42,000
Our Productions Theatre Co. $4,500
The Actors Conservatory Theatre $33,400
Visual Art League of Lewisville
$7,500

Artist Microgrant

The Artist Microgrant program is open to individual artists to apply for funding for a specific project or program they are wanting to produce or hold within the City of Lewisville. Artist Microgrants are available year-round until funding in the category is depleted for the fiscal year. Projects must be open or available to the public, must benefit the residents of the City of Lewisville and help drive tourism. Each Artist Microgrant awarded will be in the amount of $1000.

Artist Microgrant Guidelines

Artist Microgrant Application


Arts Project Grants

These grants are not bound by a once-a-year application schedule and are intended to serve as one-time or first-time funding for programs that were not considered during the Arts Support Grants review process.

For more information on the Arts Project Grant Program for the City of Lewisville, please contact Arts Manager Denise Helbing at 972.219.8478 or by email at dhelbing@cityoflewisville.com.

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