The San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture Department recently opened the intent-to-apply window for its 2025 cycle of artist grants.

The background

According to a Jan. 16 news release, San Antonio-based artists may apply for grant funding, available in $7,500 and $15,000 tiers, to support the creation of new work.

Artist grants are available yearly to individual artists and those working in collaborations, collectives and ensembles, the release states.

Applicants must submit a completed intent-to-apply form now through 5 p.m. Feb. 16 to gain access to the full grant application window of opportunity, which will be available Feb. 16 through 5 p.m. Feb. 23.

Artists of all disciplines, including literary arts, media arts, multidisciplinary, performing arts and visual arts, are encouraged to apply, local officials said.

City officials said submitting artists whose applications are accepted will have their information and proposals reviewed by a panel this April or May. The city will notify applicants of funding recommendations in May or June.

The city’s arts funding committee and San Antonio Arts Commission both will review funding recommendations this summer. City Council will vote on budget recommendations in September, followed by contacts and funding awarded to grantees in October.

What they’re saying

City officials said the artist grant program is designed to foster a diverse portfolio of artists working across San Antonio. Grants may help to fund the production of new, original and high-quality art to be presented in the city, the release states.

“We’ve been able to provide grants to more than 150 artists since the program began, including visual artists, performers, filmmakers, musicians, poets and multidisciplinary artists,” said Krystal Jones, the city’s arts and culture director, in a statement. “In addition, this program enables artists to debut work all over the city in both traditional and nontraditional art spaces while being a critical investment into our artist community and cultural ecosystem.”