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About Our Granting Program

For many emerging artists and organizations, the most hindering expense is the venue.  The Creative Fund’s goal is to help cover a portion, if not all, of that burden. We are partnering with a variety of Austin venues to facilitate an easy application and funding process.

If Your Work Is:

● Something that must be performed

● Created by and/or showcasing Austin artists

Then we encourage you to submit an application!

Current Grant Cycle Deadline

August 23, 2024

Our Grant Process

We understand that there is not a “one shoe fits all” for emerging artists or organizations, so there are no rules to our criteria. Instead, we are looking to support like-minded, arts-focused, passionate individuals and organizations who are looking to elevate Austin arts and have a strong plan of how they will contribute to this effort.


Judging Panel

Three times a year, applications will be reviewed by a panel, selected based on their experience in the field and the types of applications received. The review panel is comprised of:

  • Subject Matter Experts

  • A Creative Fund Board Member

  • A Creative Fund Program Committee Member

  • A Creative Fund Member at Large


Judging Rubric

​Work is judged based on the following criteria

  • Project details display a well thought out and achievable project

  • Cohesive and effective marketing plan

  • Community interest

  • The work supports The Creative Fund’s mission (e.g. interesting, cutting edge, enlightening and/or life changing)



Artists receive funding for performances at any venue in Austin. Our goal is to provide artists with a location to showcase their work, take care of all the steps necessary to get the word out and share their innovative work with the community. Awards are typically announced within 3 weeks of our deadline closing. 

To date we have granted over


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