There are two opportunities for receiving arts grants from the San Marcos Arts Commission - the Arts and Cultural Tourism Grant and the Community Arts Grant. The application window opens in August each year and closes in September. 

Grant structure

Two separate grants – since Hotel Occupancy Tax funding has more stringent requirements mandated by the state, we are now separating it from grants supplied by the City’s General Fund. Each project application must be for one or the other grant; we are no longer “mixing and matching” funding sources:

  • Arts and Cultural Tourism Grant – Larger of the two grants, but stricter state requirements. This grant is funded by Hotel Occupancy Tax. State law sets the rules on how this money may be spent; HOT funds must be used to directly benefit tourism and business in San Marcos. Ten percent of the grant request must be used for paid advertising outside of San Marcos City Limits. Grant recipients must provide paid advertising receipts in their final reports.
  • Community Arts Grant – Smaller pool of funding, but no requirement to draw tourism. This grant, supported by City’s General Fund, is available for projects that have artistic and cultural value but may not attract overnight visitors. Examples include youth summer camps and virtual events. Diversity Funding is also available for programs that serve historically under-represented groups or cultures in our community or that celebrate a diverse ethnic and cultural heritage of our community and beyond.

Only non-profit organizations and individual artists are eligible for this program. 

Contact Arts Coordinator Trey Hatt at ghatt@sanmarcostx.gov for any questions about the grants or the application process.