Huntsville Arts & Cultural Grant Program

Huntsville, Alabama has been recognized nationally in recent years 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 help our community attract new businesses and residents while creating opportunities for economic growth and prosperity. Huntsville’s arts and cultural organizations also contribute financially to our local economy, generating over $89.9 million in economic impact annually.

At the same time, Huntsville’s arts and cultural sector helps to develop local identity while celebrating diversity and fostering understanding within our community. In fall 2012, the City of Huntsville became one of nearly 3,000 local communities across the nation to establish a publicly-funded arts and cultural grant program. Grant applications are now being accepted from eligible arts and cultural organizations. Eligibility requirements include:

  • 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 dating from January 2016 or earlier. o Organizational business operations and primary programming 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 cash match for project 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.

A Grant workshop will be held on September 18th at 5:30 – 7 pm at the Arts Huntsville office. For more information contact Julie Hornstein at or (256) 810 7395.

Applications for FY20 are due Oct 16 by no later than 8 p.m