Criteria for Funding

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council Community & Visitor Development Grants Program


Promotion of Tourism

  • Project promotes cultural tourism and preserves and enriches the diverse cultural resources of the community



  • High artistic merit as perceived by peers, critics and the public
  • Innovation and creativity in programming and artistic content
  • Vision and leadership of artistic staff
  • Activity furthers applicant's stated artistic mission
  • Responsiveness to community art needs


Community Involvement

  • Evidence of efforts to reach a diverse audience
  • Evidence of leadership and board representation involving different social, economic, and racial groups
  • Innovation in programming to reach new and special audiences, including collaborative programs with other groups
  • Evidence of legitimate efforts to involve minority individuals on artistic, technical administrative, policy and audience levels


Administrative and Fiscal Responsibility

  • Evidence that organization has ca continuing history of growth, stability and vision
  • Evidence of leadership of administrative staff
  • Evidence of organization's ability to accomplish proposed goals
  • Evidence of efficiency and effectiveness of organization
  • Evidence of effective board/staff interaction
  • Accuracy and completeness in financial reporting
  • Evidence of effort to secure financial support from both private and public sectors
  • Diversity of funding sources, earned and unearned


Distribution of Funds and Amount of Funding Available

  • Evidence that artistic programming is not a duplication of other local efforts
  • Evidence that the applicant's financial resources are experiencing appropriate growth in relation to Council funding


(Peer review panelists rate each application on these five criteria)