Cultural and Tourism Grant Fund

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ARP Cultural and Tourism Fund



The City of Brownsville (COB) has received $65.3 million in American Rescue (ARP) Act funding to combat the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 in the community. Many non- profit arts and cultural organizations, and tourism related organizations had to cease operations or had their operations severely diminished due to the mandated closures. As such, the City of Brownsville has allocated up to $2.62 million of its ARP funding to help rebuild Brownsville, non-profit arts and cultural organizations, and organizations that attract tourism to the City of Brownsville.  Eligible costs are: business interruption costs, restart costs, and capital costs. The City of Brownsville will administer the Program and will make the final determination on award and award amounts.

ARP funding to Cultural and Tourism organizations must be responsive to the negative economic impacts of the pandemic of those operating before the pandemic and affected by required closures and other efforts to contain the pandemic. For this grant, costs must be incurred between March 3, 2021 and December 30, 2022. All costs must not be covered by any other Federal emergency funding (CARES Act, SVOG, PPP, ARP, etc.) and must comply with any Guidance, Frequently Asked Questions and Answers issued by the federal government or State of Texas, which includes without limitation, the US Treasury. For Assistance, the US Department of Treasury’s guidance on the Coronavirus Relief Fund can be found as follows: Related Documents. 


Application Information: 


Interested organizations wishing to submit an application may do so by completing one using the following link: .The application will be available starting Tuesday, November 9, 2021. Deadline to submit a completed application is Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Central Time. Failure to meet the submission deadline will preclude a proposal from consideration by the City of Brownsville. Additionally, two informative sessions will be held to provide technical assistance and to answer general questions regarding the completion of the application. 

*UPDATE* An update has been made to the Cultural and Tourism Fund application that now allows grantees to select more than one of the following categories: business interruption costs, restart costs, and capital projects.


The first informative session will be held virtually (online only) Friday, November 12, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.   The second informative session will be held in person Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. The informative sessions information is below. 


Virtual Informative Session 1: 

The following link is to access the Virtual Informative Session meeting for ARP Cultural and Tourism Fund:   

Or by calling 1-844-992-4726 with access code 2499 902 9797. 


In Person Informative Session 2: 

The informative session 2 meeting will be held in person at the Brownsville Public Library Main Brach located at 2600 Central Blvd, Brownsville, Texas 78520. 

For any questions regarding this application please contact Olga Moya, Grant Manager at


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