midtownHOU Arts Micro Grants



Grant details

  • Budget: $25,00 available for organizational grants; $25,00 available for individual grants
  • Deadline: Sunday, June 6, 2021, 11:59pm MDT
  • Location: Midtown Houston
  • Eligibility: Houston, TX
  • Applications not sent via CaFÉ will not be considered

Timeline (all dates are subject to change)

  • RFP released: Thursday, May 13, 2021
  • Online Q&A and Social Media Tutorial: Thursday, May 14, 4:30pm
  • Deadline to receive email questions: Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 12pm (noon)
  • RFP submission deadline: Sunday, June 6, 2021, 11:59pm MDT

Selection and approvals: July 2021

  • Finalist proposals reviewed by selection panel
  • The recommended projects will be presented for a vote to the MMD Board of Directors
  • Selected artists will be announced at the Wednesday, July 7, 11am MMD Board of Directors Meeting
  • Project completion: Thursday, December 31, 2021.


The Midtown Houston Cultural Arts and Entertainment Committee requests the submission of projects from artists or arts organizations to perform, design, or fabricate works of public art for Midtown Houston.

This year’s midtownHOU Arts Micro Grant gives artists and organizations the opportunity to connect thoughtful, impactful projects to audiences in Midtown Houston and across the globe. A total of $50,000 will be distributed to applicants creating projects that establish new partnerships, address social justice, and promote multiculturalism. $25,000 total will be given in increments of $5,000 to $8,000 to organizations. We encourage projects to focus on multi-culturalism, partnerships, and youth. $25,000 will be given to artists in increments of $2,500.

This call for projects is open to all art organizations, professional artists, artist teams, and designers who are willing to address issues of:

  • Social Injustice
  • Voting
  • Climate Change
  • Healthcare
  • Refugee Crisis and Immigration
  • Body Autonomy
  • Racial Injustice
  • Gun Violence
  • LGBTQ+

The following mediums should be used to develop partnerships that create programs or projects to address the social injustice issues listed above:

  • Music
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts
  • Creative Writing

Our goal is for these projects to have a life beyond the grant cycle.

Applications not meeting all eligibility criteria or application requirements will be withdrawn from consideration. Click here for more application tips.

The Selection Committee may invite chosen finalists to interview. After the interviews, the Selection Committee will recommend artists and organizations for approval by the Board of Directors of the Midtown Management District. The selected artists or organizations will be required to fulfill contractual obligations with the Midtown Management District for the work. All executed documents and requested information must be received prior to the release of any funds.

Watch the Q&A session below.


For questions and/or more information, email Cynthia Alvarado, CPM®. Phone calls will not be accepted. Be sure to read the application before asking questions. Please include “GRANT QUESTION” in the subject line of your email.

For complete information about the eligibility requirements, selection process, evaluation criteria information, and contractual obligations of grantees, please see the application.

Photo Credit: Xin Chào Mural by Caroline Truong located at 2611 San Jacinto; 2019 midtownHOU Arts Micro Grant recipient