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The Arts & Culture Fund

Strong arts and culture organizations are vital to the economic health of our region. They nurture creative thinking in our children and provide quality of life to our residents. Your donation to the Arts & Culture Fund will support performing and visual arts organizations across the 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle through grant funding.

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The boards of the Amarillo¬† Area Foundation and the Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation decided to take a portion of the Discretionary Grant funds from the Economic Opportunity cycle specifically to fund visual and performing arts organizations within the 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle.¬† The funding priorities are operational, programmatic, marketing, and capital expenses.¬† ‚Äč

‚ÄčThis application process is new, and an external arts committee will select organizations to recommend to the Amarillo Area Foundation board of directors for funding. You can find the new, streamlined application by visiting The requests must fall within the range of $5,000-$50,000. The application opens in January with a February deadline. If you have questions regarding your organization’s fit within this grant program, please contact our grants department at 806-376-4521 or by EMAIL.


Types of funding not considered:
  • Grants that exceed 25% of the organization’s previous year’s cash operating¬†revenues¬†‚Äč
  • Social functions, parties, receptions, fundraisers, or¬†galas¬†‚Äč
  • Operating expenses for home¬†offices¬†‚Äč
  • Operating expenses for state-operated facilities including, but not limited to, salary support and facility costs.¬†‚Äč
  • Activities for which college or university students receive academic credit‚Äč
  • Projects at colleges and universities that serve mostly students and faculty, with minimal or no community¬†involvement‚Äč
  • Projects by privately owned for-profit corporations‚Äč
  • Financing of political¬†activities¬†‚Äč
  • Retroactive¬†funding¬†‚Äč
  • Debt¬†reduction¬†‚Äč
  • Projects, productions, workshops, and/or programs that include obscene material as defined in‚ÄĮSection 43.21, Penal Code of Texas.¬†‚Äč