Huntsville Arts & Cultural Grant Program

Huntsville, Alabama has been recognized nationally for its strong economic base, moderate cost of living, and excellent quality of life. The city’s arts and cultural offerings are important quality of life amenities that serve both residents and visitors. Huntsville's arts and culture sector also helps to attract new businesses and workforce while creating opportunities for economic growth and prosperity. At the same time, Huntsville’s arts and cultural scene helps to develop local identity while celebrating diversity and fostering understanding within our community. Overall, Huntsville’s arts and cultural organizations contribute financially to the local economy, generating over $89.9 million in economic impact annually.

In fall 2012, the City of Huntsville joined peer cities across the nation by establishing a publicly-funded arts and cultural grant program. FY21 grant applications are now being accepted from eligible arts and cultural organizations. Applicant organizations must meet the following eligibility requirements;

  • Nonprofit arts and cultural (i.e. visual art, music, dance, theater or literary) organization with current 501(c)(3) tax exempt status.

  • Primary mission of year-round arts and cultural (i.e. visual art, music, dance, theater or literary) programming.

  • Must be in existence for three years with evidence of public programming in Huntsville dating from January 2017 or earlier. Organizational business operations and primary programming must be located within the City of Huntsville or the downtown core (defined for grant purposes as the area bordered by California Street, Bob Wallace Ave., Triana Blvd. and I-565/Pratt Avenue).

  • Ability to provide a 1:1 match for grant funding.

  • A commitment to nondiscrimination practices as defined by Federal and Alabama State constitutional and statutory law.

Complete eligibility and governance requirements may be found in the program guidelines included in the online grant application portal.

For more information contact Ashley Hudson at

Applications for FY21 are due Oct 19 by no later than 5 p.m