City of San Marcos Arts and Cultural Funding 2022


Applicants will receive emails with updates and instructions related to their grant applications. 

Applicant presentations

Applicants will present their projects to the Arts Commission at two special called Arts Commission workshops:

Important updates

The application itself is now a fillable PDF – the instructions, application form and budget worksheet are now a single fillable document to be emailed, along with other application materials, to the City of San Marcos Arts Coordinator. Save the PDF to your computer before you begin filling it out so you can save the changes. If you have any questions, I’ll walk you through it.

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. Beginning next year, the City will no longer consider requests from for-profit companies sponsored by non-profit organizations.

Schedule and application links

The deadline for applications is Monday, Sept. 13 2021 at 5 p.m. We will host two Applicant Information Workshops via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19 and Tuesday, Aug. 31. Links to these workshops, as well as the new application, are posted below. The workshops are identical, so applicants may choose one or the other to attend. 

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

2021-2022 Arts and Cultural Grant Application

Applicant workshop links

Thursday, August 19 2021 at 5:30 p.m.

View a recording of the workshop here:

Tuesday, August 31 2021 at 5:30 p.m.

View a recording of this workshop here: