City of San Marcos Arts and Cultural Funding

San Marcos
Last date: 
Monday, November 9, 2020
United States

Detailed Description

The City of San Marcos is encouraging for its Arts and Cultural Funding program to support and contribute to the artistic vitality, diverse cultural heritage and economic prosperity of city in an effort to distinguish it from other communities while promoting tourism to San Marcos.

Funds are available for art projects that promote or enhance the arts in San Marcos. Projects must also enhance tourism to community. A project is an activity or series of closely related activities for which funds are requested. The project must be completed within 12 months of the notification of the receipt of the funding. Funds may be requested to initiate cultural activities, to supplement existing arts programming; or, to provide enrichment or education.

Program Goals & Objectives

  • Cash Grants for NGOs to improve access to justice around the world
  • Foundation Grants of up to € 100,000 to increase people’s resilience to disasters
  • Cash Grants for NGOs to improve access to justice around the world
  • Foundation Grants of up to € 100,000 to increase people’s resilience to disasters

Goal: Broaden Public Awareness

  • Broaden public awareness of the availability, excellence, and diversity of the arts.
  • Provide a variety of art forms for public enjoyment and participation.
  • Assist with available funding for artistic and cultural endeavors that increase public awareness for the value of the arts.
  • Encourage artists to participate in community events, share their talents with others, and serve as advocates for the arts.
  • Expand opportunities for artists to create and show/perform their works through the development of endeavors in San Marcos.
  • Create, establish, and implement a city plan for permanent art.

Goal: Arts Education

  • Strengthen the role of the arts and encourage lifelong learning in the arts.
  • Promote continuing arts education programs.

Goal: Preservation

  • Encourage preservation of the cultural heritage of San Marcos.
  • Develop a long-range plan for a permanent facility for the arts.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicant Eligibility:

  • The applicant must be a non-profit, tax-exempt organization registered with the Internal Revenue Service. Applicants name must appear on letter of determination.
  • Applicants must have fulfilled all requirements of any previously funded projects.
  • Applicants may submit no more than one proposal for a project per fiscal year funding cycle.
  • Applicants may not receive funding from any other city board or commission who distributes Hotel Occupancy Tax funds.

Project Eligibility:

  • To be eligible for funding, a project must promote the arts. This may include instrumental and vocal music, dance, drama, folk art, creative writing, architecture, design and allied fields, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic and craft arts, motion pictures, radio, television, tape and sound recording, and other arts related to the presentation, execution, and exhibition of these major art forms.
  • Project must promote local tourism and the convention industry.

Project Restrictions:

  • Applicant has a report overdue from a previously funded project.
  • The activity is not open to the public.
  • Funds are for non-fine arts portions of festivals or art fairs, including humanities and historical portions.
  • Incomplete applications are not eligible for review.
  • Funds are requested to reduce/eliminate a deficit of a recent project.
  • Ineligible Expenses

Arts Commission Funds may not be used for the following items, including, but not limited to:

  • Food for Receptions;
  • Scholarships;
  • Rental of Hotel/Motel Rooms;
  • Items purchased for resale;
  • Transportation to exhibits/field trips;
  • Ribbons, prizes, flowers, gifts, awards, etc;
  • Building space and equipment owned by the applicant;
  • Materials and supplies sold to participants;
  • Materials, supplies, equipment, etc. which could be used for personal gain of applicant/participants;
  • Long-life items and permanent fixtures (excluding permanent public art);
  • Monthly/seasonal/annual office or telephone rental/charges;
  • Monthly/seasonal/annual storage costs.


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