Arts Action Fund

The Arts Action Fund is the first of its kind in Houston and exists as a catalyst for closing arts access gaps in schools.

The Arts Action Fund invests a total of $250,000 annually in arts education programs across Houston ISD to ensure students have access to meaningful arts opportunities as part of their complete education. The Fund’s goal is to unlock potential for new investments by fiscally supporting high-quality, effective partnerships between Arts and Culture Partners and any HISD school. The Fund prioritizes serving underfunded campuses in with reduced access to the arts.

Through the Arts Action Fund, Arts Connect provides capacity building opportunities to expand knowledge and understanding of how the arts impact student engagement and well-being. 

2021 - 2022 ARTS ACTION FUND

The Arts Action Fund is focused on:

1. Seed Funding - The main goal of a Seed Grant is to ensure the support of partnership development to increase access for students to experience the arts at their school. For some partnerships, this may start a relationship. For others, the grant will seed a continued relationship.

Seed Funding grants can be up to $3,500

2. Learning, Innovation and Action (LIA) - The main goal of the LIA Grant is to invest deeply in expanding already existing partnerships between organizations and a Houston ISD school. This funding, grounded in an established relationship, allows space to explore an innovative idea that is responsive to campus’ needs. All parties must be invested in the overall concept and how it deepens arts education impact for students.

Learning, Innovation and Action grant can range from $5,000 - $10,000


** CLOSED **
Round 1 - Learning, Innovation and Action

LIA applications are due on September 3rd.
Applicants will be notified of grants status by September 24th. 

** CLOSED **
Round 2 - Seed Funding

Seed Funding applications are due on October 8th.
Applicants will be notified of grants status by November 3rd. 

Applications to the Arts Action Fund MUST be submitted by one of our Arts and Culture Partners.

Houston ISD Schools:

Interested in applying to the Arts Action Fund?
Connect directly with an Arts and Culture Partner by: 

1. Exploring the 2021-22 Arts Action Fund Contact Sheet (linked here!)
2. Clicking here to view their artlook® profile 
3. Attend our Open House on September 22, 2021 

Not sure if the organization you'd like to work with is an
Arts and Culture Partner?
Click here.


One-pager introduction to the

2021-22 Arts Action Fund.


In-depth overview of the

2021-22 Arts Action Fund.

2021-22 Arts Action
Fund Grants

All 2021-22 Arts Action Fund grants are now public, including the Review Committee and Fund Task Force members.



students have participated in diverse arts partnership opportunities.


classrooms have been served through arts partnerships.



direct arts and culture partnerships with schools.  

HISD campuses served.


strategically invested in arts opportunities for students.