Fresh Arts is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to strengthening the sustainability and vibrancy of Houston's arts sector by bolstering the capacity and professional practice of artists and arts organizations and enhancing the public's engagement with the arts.

Fresh Arts is committed to providing the resources, information, and a platform for artists and arts enthusiasts to engage in an environment that promotes community driven artistic expression. Whether facilitating dialogue between novice artists and experienced arts professionals to promote growth, holding annual events to benefit the local arts economy, or exhibiting some of the most talented up-and- coming artists, Fresh Arts is devoted to keeping the arts in Houston alive.

The Harvey Arts Recovery Fund supports the disaster recovery needs of the Greater Houston arts, culture, and creative community in our 10 county region (Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Brazoria, Galveston, Liberty, Waller, Chambers, Austin, and San Jacinto counties). As a collaborative effort of Houston’s arts services sector, our focus is on aiding individual artists and rebuilding and restoring smaller organizations.

We invite individual artists and individuals employed by nonprofit arts organizations (including arts administrators, teaching artists, etc.) who suffered damage and losses to apply for grant support. Eligible expenses may include but are not limited to:

- Cleanup
- Conservation
- Loss of income
- Professional consultation
- Rental of temporary studio, rehearsal, performance, exhibit, office or other space/venue
- Loss of works of art
- Insurance deductibles
- Repurchasing supplies, tools, equipment (paint, brushes, canvas, camera, computers, musical instruments, costumes, materials, etc.)
- Other assistance to ensure continuity of artistic work

Grants of $250-$1,000 will be made. There is no requirement for cost sharing or matching.

Eligibility
- You must be at least 18 years of age, working in a discipline of the fine and performing arts, history, heritage, or humanities. Persons working under a sole proprietorship or single member formation (e.g., LLC, LLP, S-Corp, etc.) are also eligible.
- Your workspace or residence must be within the 10 county region surrounding Harris County (Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Brazoria, Galveston, Liberty, Waller, Chambers, Austin and San Jacinto counties).
- You must be able to demonstrate through appropriate documentation what your cultural or artistic practice is and how you’ve been working professionally in pursuit of this mission.
- You must be able to demonstrate through appropriate documentation and clear rationale how your cultural or artistic practice or mission was negatively affected, directly or indirectly, by the event of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey.
- Since impact can manifest itself in many ways, and we are still learning about the impact that Harvey has had on our community, we are not restricting the use of funds requested to any purpose or category, provided clear need and rationale for the request is present.

How to Apply
Submit the completed application below

Deadline
March 1, 2018, midnight

Questions
Please contact administrator@harveyartsrecovery.org
The Harvey Arts Recovery Fund supports the disaster recovery needs of the Greater Houston arts, culture, and creative community in our 10 county region (Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Brazoria, Galveston, Liberty, Waller, Chambers, Austin, and San Jacinto counties). As a collaborative effort of Houston’s arts services sector, our focus is on aiding individual artists and rebuilding and restoring smaller organizations. We invite cultural institutions with annual budgets not exceeding $5 million that suffered damage and losses to apply for grant support. Eligible expenses may include but are not limited to:

- Cleanup
- Conservation
- Professional consultation
- Rental of temporary studio, rehearsal, performance, exhibit, office or other space/venue
- Basic institutional and operational costs such as purchasing equipment and replacing inventory, shelving, and roofing
- Loss of income
- Loss of works of art or artifacts
- Insurance deductibles
- Contract obligations (artist fees, venue rental, etc. for canceled programs)
- Repurchasing supplies, tools, equipment (paint, brushes, canvas, camera, computers, musical instruments, costumes, materials, etc.)
- Other assistance to ensure continuity of organizational operations and programs

Grants of $250-$5,000 will be made. There is no requirement for cost sharing or matching.

Eligibility
- 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and fiscally sponsored entities working in a discipline of the fine and performing arts, history, heritage, or humanities.
- Facilities must be located within the 10 county region surrounding Harris County (Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Brazoria, Galveston, Liberty, Waller, Chambers, Austin and San Jacinto counties).
- Must be able to demonstrate through appropriate documentation what your organization’s cultural or artistic practice is and how it is reflected in your mission.
- Must be able to demonstrate through appropriate documentation and clear rationale how your organization’s cultural or artistic practice or mission was negatively affected, directly or indirectly, by the event of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey.
- Since impact can manifest itself in many ways, and we are still learning about the impact that Harvey has had on our community, we are not restricting the use of funds requested to any purpose or category, provided clear need and rationale for the request is present.

How to Apply
Submit the completed application below

Deadline
March 1, 2018, midnight

Questions
Please contact administrator@harveyartsrecovery.org
It is most important to use this form for physical checks received by donors. (All checks must be made out to "Fresh Arts"-- not the project title. Please ask donors to include your project title in the check memo line.)

Checks may be mailed or delivered to the Fresh Arts offices:
1502 Sawyer St. #103
Houston, TX 77007

Regular office hours are M-F (10am-6pm). Please call before dropping by: 713.868.1839

Credit card donations may be made online via your project's profile page on the Fresh Arts' website.

You should only submit this form if any of the below apply:

1) You are starting a new project that was not listed in your original application for sponsorship

2) You plan to implement significant changes in programming

3) There have been changes or update to the purposes for which grant funds are spent 

Only projects that are currently approved as fiscally sponsored by Fresh Arts should submit this form

This form must be filled out upon requesting a disbursement of funds from Fresh Arts for fiscally sponsored projects. All disbursements must be released to the project manager or the legal entity whose tax ID we have on file. (We will not be paying third-party vendors or contractors.)

In order for Fresh Arts to process this request, all fields in this form must be completed and supporting documents (invoices or receipts) for the disbursement must be attached.

EXAMPLE: You need to pay 2 vendors for expenses related to your project. When filling out this form, please list the invoice amounts from both vendors below and then, attach the corresponding invoices to your request. Fresh Arts will cut ONE check to YOU (project manager/legal entity) for the combined amount.

Project managers may only request disbursements up to the amount of the project's account balance.

Before you apply, please read the Fiscal Sponsorship FAQs, as well as check your eligibility via the questions below. Also, please note that you must be a current member of Fresh Arts to apply for fiscal sponsorship. (You may read more about membership and join here.)

Currently, fiscal sponsorship applications are reviewed once every month by a special committee, whose recommendations are subject to approval by the Fresh Arts board of directors. Please allow adequate time for the approval process before beginning to raise funds for your project.

(If you already have a budget, mission statement, and project description prepared, the application should take roughly 30-45 minutes.) 

Click here to download a budget template for your application