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 2018-2019 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 501 (c) (3), tax-exempt arts organizations; and
  • Must have a minimum of two year history of providing arts programs to citizens of Lewisville, as measured from the date of application; and
  • 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; and
  • Must have successfully fulfilled all prior contractual obligations to City of Lewisville; and
  • 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.

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 (FY 2018-19)
Policy Statement Hotel Occupancy Tax Requests

General Schedule for Applications/Review/Approval

  • March 1, 2019: Link to Digital Arts Support Grant applications will be available.
  • March 5, 2019, 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. Workshop to be held in a classroom at the MCL Grand.
  • February 27 - April 11, 2019: Arts Manager available by appointment to meet with applicants to review application form and answer any questions on the process of application.
  • April 12, 2019: Completed applications and support materials are due through the application tool. Applications may not be submitted after this date.
  • May 18, 2019, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. (as scheduled): Applicant Group required presentation of applications to Arts Advisory Board. Arts Advisory Board continues to meet following presentations to make recommendation on funding of Arts Grants for FY 2019-2020.
  • By June 14, 2019: Arts Manager delivers recommendation of Arts Advisory Board to City Manager.
  • TBD: Annual City Council Budget Workshop
  • TBD: City Council adoption of budget

FY 2018-19 Grant Recipients

Organization
Grant Amount
organization
grant amount
Christian Youth Theater
$4,000

Lewisville Lake Symphony

$41,000
Greater Lewisville Community Theatre
$33,000
Our Productions Theatre Co. $4,500
Lakecities Ballet Theatre $41,000
The Actors Conservatory Theatre
$32,400
Lewisville Civic Chorale $5,000
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.