The City's Initiative (CI) Program provides a one-time grant to City of Houston nonprofit arts or cultural organizations for special opportunities that are not part of the applicant's annual budget or regular programming/annual events. An example could be the opportunity to present an artist or performance that was not included in an annual season; unanticipated invitation to perform or exhibit as part of conference or meeting being held in Houston; or the opportunity for one-time exposure in a national or regional media campaign. Awards are restricted to artistic and marketing costs, with a maximum available of $10,000.
Organizations approved for a grant will enter into an agreement with Houston Arts Alliance that outlines the arts activities that will be supported through grant evaluations and accountability requirements.
For more information on the City's Initiative (CI) Program, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
City's Initiative Program*
Application Portal Opens: Bimonthly the first Monday after a deadline
Application Due: Bimonthly, the last Friday of the month
Panel Review: Bimonthly
Notification of Award: Bimonthly
The City’s Initiative application is available through an online application portal.