Arts Funding

Technical Assistance

Technical and Economic Development Assistance (TA) is an ongoing competitive program designed to help local nonprofit arts and culture organizations and professional artists pay for specific expenses related to organizational stability, development and professional growth. Up to a maximum of $2,500 may be awarded per fiscal year to an eligible applicant. Unlike DCCD’s other funding programs, the application process is ongoing through the fiscal year. Applications are due by 4 p.m. on the second Friday of each month.


Arts and culture organizations and individual local professional artists may apply for this program.

Arts and culture organizations:

  • must have 501(c)(3) tax status.
  • must have a primary business or residence in San Antonio. P.O. boxes are unacceptable.
  • must offer activities that enhance artistic and strategic development and training, board governance, fiscal reporting/responsibilities, nonprofit management and leadership, and program/audience development.

Individual local professional artists:

  • must have a primary business or residence in San Antonio. P.O. boxes are unacceptable.
  • must use funds in pursuits that enhance their careers through artistic and professional development including classes, workshops, and residency-related activities.

Award Amounts

  • Awards are given to eligible recipients on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to $2,500.
  • All applicants will be notified in the month following their application whether or not they have been funded. This review time frame needs to be considered when applying for funding. Any application that falls outside the time frame will automatically be disqualified.
  • Awards are made for the specific expenses approved in the original award and are paid on a reimbursement basis.
  • The maximum award will be 50% of the total cost of the approved expenses.
  • All awardees must enter into a contract with DCCD before they begin their projects.
  • Only one application will be accepted per artist or organization annually.

Budget Verification

Applicants must provide documentation that the matching funds are in place. Matching funds may not be from other City funding sources. A budget for the entire activity must be submitted.


Awardees will be required to submit a report on the project’s success attached to the invoice for reimbursement on eligible expenses with all associated support documentation at completion of the activity.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted monthly and may be downloaded from the DCCD website. Applicants must submit their Application Package to the Department for Culture & Creative Development by 4 p.m. on the second Friday of each month. The package may be submitted by email, mail delivery or in person to the DCCD offices. Contact Anna T. Galimore, Contract Manager, at 210-207-4385 or, with questions.

The application package consists of the following:

  • A signed Technical Assistance (TA) Application Form
  • Completed TA Checklist
  • Activity Budget, including expenses and sources of support
  • Any additional supporting documentation, as requested on Application Form and/or noted on Checklist

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed monthly by DCCD staff.


Review criteria include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Meeting the deadline (second Friday of every month by 4 p.m.)
  • Clarity of the request for assistance, describing the need/value to the organization
  • Amount requested from DCCD relative to overall activity budget
  • Proven commitment to community and professional growth
  • High artistic quality of organization, project or artist’s work
  • Enhancement of artistic/cultural diversity of community
  • Dollars available
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