WHAT IS IT?

We’re partnering with the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division and Economic Development Department to amplify the outreach about resources and funding opportunities available to artists!

We want all artists to know about how to connect to opportunities that empower you to learn, grow and succeed as a professional.

CURRENT OPPORTUNITY

Fifty $5,000 Nexus grants for creative collaboration

This initiative is meant to nurture new and emerging applicants by funding creative public projects developed through community activation and collaboration.

Nexus applications open every six months, for small organizations, individual artists, and small arts businesses.

Applications for the Summer Nexus round will open Tuesday, April 16th. The grant deadline is Tuesday, May 14th and, if awarded a grant, your event must happen between June 1st and September 30th, 2024.

For full information and to apply to the Nexus Grant, visit https://www.austintexas.gov/nexus

For questions about our Community Amplifier events, email [email protected] or DM @almostrealthings on Instagram

Community Amplifier: Nexus Workshops

Join us for workshops and meetups to understand why you should apply and how to submit your best application.

+ All sessions are free!
+ Spanish-speaking staff and translated materials onsite
+ ASL interpretation available as needed
+ Refreshments provided
WED, APRIL 17: 6:30–8PM @ ArtUs Co

Artist & Community Social Hour

  • Our most casual meetup: make connections and get to know the creative community in Austin
  • We’ll introduce ourselves & information about the Nexus grant
  • City staff will be onsite to answer questions
SAT, MAY 4: 12PM–2PM @ LATINITAS

In the Know: Application Walkthrough with Natalie Earhart

  • Go through the Nexus application step by step to get started
  • Bring your computer or ask for one to be provided
  • Ask questions to City staff
  • Can’t make it in person? Video recording coming soon
SABADO, 4 DE MAYO: 2:30–4PM @ LATINITAS

¡Entérate! Información General con Lys Santamaria

  • Aprende como llenar tu aplicación para la subvención Nexus con asistencia en persona
  • Presentado en español
SAT, MAY 11: 1–4PM @ 2324 STUDIOS

Let’s Apply Together

  • Fill out your applications in a group setting with other artists
  • Drop in to work on your app and receive 1:1 help from staff
TUES, MAY 14: 1–4PM @ ART HQ

Let’s Apply Together

  • It’s deadline day!
  • Fill out your applications in a group setting with other artists
  • Drop in to work on your app and receive 1:1 help from staff

Nexus Resources

Check out these helpful presentations, guides and activities to learn how to get the best score possible on your application.

Grant Writing with Lys Santamaria

Community Engagement with Miriam Conner

Budgeting with Ashland Viscosi

Our Comprehensive Guide to the Nexus Grant Application

Are you new to grant writing? Grant writing is no easy task. Even if you're an experienced writer, every application is...

Discussing Community Engagement with Miriam Conner

Be "In the Know!" about grant opportunities in the City of Austin! We want all artists to know about how to...

How to Approach the Nexus Grant Application Questions

Let's Break Down some Nexus Grant Application Questions Below we'll be breaking down the first two short answer questions on the...

Watch our Grant Writing Workshop with Lys Santamaria

Be "In the Know!" about grant opportunities in the City of Austin! We want all artists to know about how to...

Our Mission as a Community Amplifier

At Almost Real Things we’ve spent the last 9 years organically growing our organization and tapping into the art community’s needs and desires.

As artists ourselves, we understand the struggles and gaps in knowledge when it comes to treating your passion as a small business. Everyday we talk to artists, community leaders, organizations and art appreciators to better understand the ecosystem and next steps to take towards sustainability.

As a Community Amplifier, we’re working on a better solution to keep artists engaged, connected and aware of opportunities.

We love Austin and we love the art community. We want to make it easier for creators to succeed.

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