The Norman Arts Council Hotel Tax Fund Organizational Grant Program

The Norman Arts Council is a steward of a portion of the City of Norman's Hotel Motel Property Tax Fund. This makes it possible for the Norman Arts Council to grant a generous portion to organizations working in the arts and arts education in Norman Oklahoma.

Since the creation of the Hotel Motel tax fund by the City of Norman in 1982, the NAC has administered over 2 million dollars in grants to eligible organizations. This granting program was designed to respond to the growing needs of arts and cultural organizations in the Norman community. The Hotel Tax Grant provides both financial and educational support for arts and cultural organizations. In addition, the program allows both citizens of Norman and its visitors to enjoy a wide variety of quality cultural offerings. A special emphasis is placed on projects that will attract overnight visitors to Norman, thereby increasing the amount of money available in the fund.

Funding for this program comes from 25% of Norman’s Hotel Motel Guest Room Tax, which is paid by overnight visitors in Norman’s hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts. Seven Grant Awards panelists are nominated by Roundtable for a three-year staggered term and are approved by the NAC Board of Directors. The Awards panel carefully reviews all organizational grant applications and makes funding recommendations to the NAC. After acceptance by the NAC Board, the recommendations are then forwarded to the Norman City Council for final approval.

Project Grants + Operational Support Grants

The deadline for FY 19-20 project + operational support grants has passed.

Deadline for online grant application submission for FY 20-21 grants will be announced in fall 2019.

FY 19-20 Guidelines | Click Here


Project Grant

FY 19-20 Project Grant Application | Click Here

Project Grant Budget Form | Click Here

Project Grant Final Report | Click Here

Project Grant Report Final Budget | Click Here

Cash Request | Click Here


Operational Support Grant

Operational Support Grants are on a two-year cycle and will not be open for new applications until FY 20-21.

Operational Support Mid-Year Report | Click Here

Operational Support Final Report | Click Here

Cash Request | Click Here

FY 19-20 Hotel-Motel Tax Grant Timeline

Mandatory Grant Workshop — 7 p.m. Monday, November 5, 2018 OR 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at MAINSITE Contemporary Art, 122 E. Main, Norman

Deadline for on-line grant application submission — 11:59 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2019

Grants Review Panel Meets — February 2019

Panel Recommendations to Norman Arts Council Board — Friday, March 15, 2019

Award Notification — Early April 2019

Contracts Mailed — May 2019

Sudden Opportunity Support (SOS) Grant

The Sudden Opportunity Support category provides funds for arts and humanities projects planned less than one year in advance; or between the Norman Arts Council’s yearly organizational grant cycle. Grant awards up to the amount of $2000 are contingent on the availability of Norman Arts Council (NAC) funds.

SOS Grant Guidelines & Application | Click Here

SOS Cash Request | Click Here

SOS Budget | Click Here

SOS Final Report | Click Here

Final Report Budget | Click Here

Arts Organization Non-Profit Management Grant

This grant provides limited funding for management training on organization issues including: board development, financial management, resource development, marketing and public relations, strategic planning, personnel development and management, and technology.  This training may be done on-site or off-site using training selected by the organization.  The training format may be attendance at a seminar, individual consultation or group consultation.  These grants are available in addition to the Arts Project Grants and/or Operational Support.  Awards will be granted up to $1,000.  A brief report subsequent to the training is required.

Arts Organization Non-Profit Management Grant Guidelines & Application | Click Here

Arts Organization Non-Profit Management Grant Final Report | Click Here

Cash Request | Click Here


Grant Questions

If you have questions concerning eligibility for applying for a grant, grant application, grant status, reports, or anything else grant-related, please contact Erinn Gavaghan using the form below or by calling (405) 360-1162. 


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