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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.

FY24 Cultural Funding Program Applicant Cycle

The FY24 funding cycle is now open! All prospective applicants must attend a mandatory orientation.

Schedule of In-Person Orientations Schedule of Online Orientations

FY24 Cultural Funding Program Guidelines

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The FY24 funding cycle is now closed. Stay tuned for updates for the FY25 Funding Cycle which will open in Spring 2024.

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 categories:

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 2024, 22 awardees were approved for funding by review panels of local artists, non-profit and arts administrators and community representatives.

Cultural Funding Awardees

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OSP/AAP Quarterly Reporting

All funded OSP and AAP 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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