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 Houston ISD school. The Arts Action Fund accomplishes this through a thorough review of submitted applications, including a review of school needs and priorities, organization capabilities, and program elements, among others. By doing so, Arts Connect places priority on serving underfunded campuses in Houston ISD with reduced access to the arts.   


The Arts Action Fund is the first of its kind in Houston and exists as a catalyst for closing arts access gaps in schools. Through the Arts Action Fund, Arts Connect Houston provides capacity building opportunities to expand knowledge and understanding of how the arts impact student education and well-being. 


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 -- 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. 

Round 2 - Seed Funding

Seed Funding applications are due on October 8th.

Applicants will be notified of grants status by November 3rd. 

***Applications for the 2021-22 Arts Action Fund will go live on August 2nd.**

Applications to the Arts Action Fund MUST be submitted by an Arts Connect Houston Arts and Culture Partner.

Houston ISD Schools:

Interested in applying to the Arts Action Fund?

Connect directly with an Arts and Culture Partner by: 

1. Explore the 2021-22 Arts Action Fund Contact Sheet (click here!)

2. Clicking here to view their artlook® profile 

3. Attending the Arts Connect Houston Open House to be held in September 2021


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

Still have questions? Submit it here for a response within 48 business hours. 


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