City of San Marcos Arts and Cultural Funding

Our vision for San Marcos is a city in which artistic excellence is celebrated, supported and available to all. The mission of the San Marcos Arts Commission is to promote tourism in San Marcos by enriching our city and its diverse cultural heritage by supporting works of artistic excellence, advancing arts education and strengthening the arts in the community while promoting local tourism and the convention industry. The appointed commission provides oversight for the expenditure of city Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT Tax) and general funds for the promotion of the arts. 

Funds are available for  projects that promote or enhance the arts in San Marcos. Projects must also enhance tourism to our community. For detailed instructions on how to apply for the City of San Marcos Arts Commission Grant and eligibility and requirements information, please see “Arts and Cultural Grant Guidelines Instructions” below.

Grant Information and Application links

2018 Grant Application will be available from June 18-September 17, 2018. The application is available online only. See links below for instructions and applications. 

2018 Arts & Cultural Grant Guidelines & Instructions

2018 Diversity Programs Guidelines & Instructions

2018 Project Budget Form PDF (Writable)

Helpful Tips and Checklist

2017-2018 Frisco Arts Grant Recipients
The San Marcos Arts Commission is proud to provide grants to our 2017-2018 Arts and Culture Grant recipients listed below.  The Commission awarded $159K in grants this year, bringing quality music, dance, theatre, film, and visual art to San Marcos. We invite you to explore our 2017-2018 creative programs and events making an impact in our community.

  • Summer in the Park
  • Sacred Springs Powwow
  • Indigenous Arts Summer Camp
  • SMAL Workshops/Demos, Community Outreach, Exhibits, and Art Market
  • Violet Crown 2018 Season Instrument Purchase, Summer Camp and Music Festival
  • Mermaid Tales:  a Mobile App to Preserve History and Arts in San Marcos and one-day workshop followed by Spatial Augmented Reality (SAR) Installation
  • 9th Texas State International Piano Festival
  • Feria del Mariachi 2018
  • Diez y Sies Fiesta
  • Centro Diversity Programs
  • Eddie Durham Celebration/Hill Country Jazz Festival
  • Snowbird Concert Series 
  • Third Thursday Downtown Walkabout
  • VIVA! Cinco de Mayo
  • Rotating Community Art Gallery
  • Performing Artists' Fund
  • 2018 Youth Mariachi Summer Camp
  • ComDance at the Price Center
  • A Moment
  • SMFEST 2018
  • 72-Hour Film Race & Twenty Five Miles, Dang
  • The Ripple Market
  • Mistick Krewe of Okeanos
  • San Marcos Celtic Fest, 2018
  • The Walkers' Gallery Community Art Exhibits
  • Eddie Durham Birthday Celebration
  • Artspace at Centro
  • Centro Tourism Programs