We've compiled a handful of funding oppurtunities for Houston artists. 

Houston’s abundance of funding and resources makes it an ideal place to be an artist. No matter your area of specialty, there’s always an organization or collective looking to help nurture the minds shaping the city’s creative future. Have a project idea in mind? Here’s a handful of funding opportunities for practicing artists: 

Dance Source Houston: Barnstorm Dance Fest 2020

Deadline Dec 10

Administered by Dance Source Houston, the 7th annual Barnstorm Dance Fest will take place at Midtown’s MATCH Theatre next summer. DSH is accepting submissions from all genres of movement artists and choreographers for live performances of 5-15 minutes in length. Selected applicants will receive a $250 stipend. 

For more information on Barnstorm, and funding opportunities from Dance Source Houston, visit here

The Space Taking Artist Residency 2022

Deadline Nov 14 

Fresh Arts is one of Houston’s most prominent organizations creating and sharing opportunities for local artists. Funded in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the Houston Arts Alliance, the Space Taking Artist Residency is a program designed to allow artists and collectives to experiment and engage new audiences. Two selected residents are provided with a $2,500 stipend, a 2800 square-foot gallery space, consultation services and more. 

For more information on project eligibility and application instructions, visit here

The Idea Fund 

Deadline Nov 15 

Powered by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and administered by DiverseWorks, The Idea Fund is accepting applications for their 15th grant cycle. The local re-granting program supports the work of practicing artists in the Greater Houston Area, and will award 12 grants of $5,000 to individual artists and collectives. 

For more information on The Idea Fund, visit here


Stages Houston: Sin Muros: A Borderless Teatro Festival

Deadline Nov 21

Stages Houston invites Latinx/Latine playwrights with connections to Texas to submit new, full-length scripts to be considered for the 5th annual Sin Muros: A Borderless Teatro Festival taking place in February. An honorarium, travel and lodging will be granted to selected playwrights for the festival, where their scripts will be workshopped and rehearsed, and shared with a network of writers, directors, and actors. Submissions in English or Spanish are welcome. 

For more information, visit here

The Spark Fund

Deadline Dec 29 

The Spark Fund provides 36 stipends of $50,000 to independent BIPOC filmmakers over the period of one year. Selected filmmakers must be working on a humanities-related project. The fund is underwritten by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan #SHARP Grantmaking initiative

For more information, criteria and application instructions, visit here

Art League Houston: Exhibition Open Call 

Deadline Mar 31 

Local, regional, national and international artists looking to exhibit their work in Houston are encouraged to submit proposals to the Art League Houston for consideration. ALH is awarding four artist stipends ranging from $450-$1900 to show new work with strong artistic quality and connections to timely dialogues in contemporary art.

For more information on Art League Houston’s open call, visit here.

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