NASAA Notes: March 2009


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March 9, 2009

Texas: Guide to Programs and Services

The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) has adopted changes to its Guide to Programs and Services. The changes are part of an ongoing effort to streamline TCA’s grant programs and meet the priorities of the state of Texas. As a result of an extensive guidelines review and revision process, the TCA now offers two kinds of grant support: Arts Create and Arts Respond. The Arts Create program provides two-year operational support to established arts organizations and subgranting dollars to local communities. The Arts Respond program provides short-term project assistance grants to arts organizations. To be eligible for an Arts Respond award, organizations must address one of the priority issues areas facing the state of Texas identified by the governor and legislature. Priority areas include education, health and human services; economic development; public safety and criminal justice; and natural resources and agriculture. Other significant changes to TCA grants include eliminating other grant programs, no longer accepting in-kind donations as half of the required match, new evaluation criteria, and requiring a DUNS number on all grant applications. For additional information, contact Texas Commission on the Arts Deputy Director Jim Bob McMillan.