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Cultural Funding

As part of its mission to drive El Paso’s cultural vitality, MCAD provides support annually to local artists, area non-profit arts organizations and creative entrepreneurs through a competitive granting process in six categories that is designed for maximum transparency.

Funding for the Cultural Funding Program is derived from local allocation of Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) and some City general funds.

FY2022 General Funding Guidelines

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All applicants are required to attend a mandatory orientation prior to applying.

Schedule of Orientations

Panel Nominations

MCAD is looking for qualified individuals to serve as Review Panelists to assist the department with the Cultural Funding Program application review process. Selected panelists will serve on a review panel and review funding applications submitted to MCAD.

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Funding Categories

The Cultural Funding Program provides resources through the following six granting categories:

KickstArt Downtown *On hiatus for FY22*

Current Awardees

MCAD is pleased to announce its Cultural Funding Awardees for this fiscal year. The cultural funding program is a way for MCAD to directly invest in the arts, to foster cultural activity and build a vibrant creative community. 

For Fiscal Year 2021, 27 awardees were approved for funding by review panels of local artists, non-profit and arts administrators and community representatives.

Cultural Funding Awardees

OSP/PSP Quarterly Reporting

All funded OSP and PSP organizations must submit quarterly attendance reports. The report forms will be sent out to grantees via

Attendance Tracking Worksheet - (Optional – does not have to be submitted to the Cultural Development Coordinator) 

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