Houston Arts Alliance


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.

For more information on the City's Initiative program, please email us at grants@haatx.com.


City's Initiative Program*

Application Portal Opens: Bimonthly the 1st Monday after a deadline (beginning January 2014)
Application Due: Bimonthly the last Friday of the month
Panel Review: Monthly Grant Commitee Meetings
Notification of Award: Bimonthly

Upcoming Deadlines:

  • Friday, April 25, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
  • Friday, June 27, 2014, 5:30 p.m.

NEW: The City’s Initiative (CI) application is now available through an online application portal.

  • To begin an application, click on the "CI Application Portal" link below.
  • If you have not already done so, create a login and password under the “Sign Up” tab.
  • Once logged in, you can begin the application by clicking on “Your Requests.”
  • Please upload any supplemental materials for your proposal directly to the application under the “Uploads” tab.

Please email grants@haatx.com should you have any questions completing the online application.

CI Guidelines
CI Application Portal
CI Final Report Form

*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.