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Building for the Arts

Building for the Arts was created by the Legislature in 1991 to award grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit performing arts, art museum, and cultural organizations. The program awards grants to performing arts, art museum, and cultural organizations for up to 20 percent of eligible capital costs for acquisition, construction, and/or major renovation of capital facilities.

Funding Availability Information

 The current funding cycle is closed. The next opportunity to apply will be in the spring of 2014.  

Project Qualifications

 Ranking  criteria  include:

  • Ability  to  complete  the  project  expediently.
  • Organizational  capacity  to  run  the  facility  effectively.
  • Community  need.
  • Availability  of  other  funding  sources.

The  state’s  investment  in  these  local  projects  provide:

  • Temporary  construction  jobs.
  • Permanent  arts-related  jobs.
  • Improved  quality  of  life  for  residents.

The grants are funded by the sale of state bonds (no federal funds are involved). Projects are selected through a competitive grant application process conducted every two years by the Department of Commerce. An advisory committee evaluates and ranks the project applications. Commerce sends the list of recommended projects to the Governor for consideration in the upcoming capital budget.


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