Did you know that in most areas of the U.S., when you stay in a hotel or motel, part of the tax you pay goes back into the local community to support art and culture programs? Nice idea, isn't it? A lot of what we do at SETAC falls under this category -- what we call "sub-granting" -- grants made possible through funds provided by hotel/motel occupancy taxes as well as general fund allocations from city governments, directed grants from local business and industry, and member donations.

Our sub-grantors include the Cities of Orange, Beaumont, and Port Arthur, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Steinhagen Foundation, MOTIVA Enterprises, HEB, Goodyear, Entergy, local businesses, and member donations.

How Does Sub-Granting Work?

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Every year, we call for grant requests. Then we evaluate projects put forth by qualified nonprofit organizations and make awards on a matching basis. The understanding is that these grants are not intended to be the sole source of support for any group or project.

Believing that a rising tide of support lifts all, SETAC never intends to redirect local giving or interrupt financial gifts that individuals or businesses make directly to local organizations. Rather, SETAC serves as an adjunct to established giving programs.

Application Process

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Step 1 - Download Forms and Instructions

Download the Application and Application Instructions below. If your grant is approved you will be asked to provide an Evaluation Report Form, which can also be found below. The instructions contain examples of what is required. Contact us if additional details are needed.

Step 2 - Completing the Application

The deadline for sub-grant applications is the May 1 by 5:00 p.m. General instructions for filling out the application are found in the video above. Remember to include audio/visual information about your event. Such information can be presented as a video, a Powerpoint, examples of advertising materials, etc. Submit all audio/visual materals to . For large files it may be necessary to use services like Dropbox. If you have questions, contact us at 409-835-2787.

Step 3 - SETAC Review

From May to June, the SETAC staff checks the applications for eligibility, accuracy, and completeness. If necessary attachments to the application are missing, or if additional information is required, the submitting organization is contacted.

Step 4 - Grants Review Panel

During June a carefully selected 7-member Grants Review Panel begins to review the applications received from area groups. This panel consists of individuals from throughout the community who volunteer approximately 40 hours of their time to perform non-biased appraisals of all requests. The Panel submits its findings and recommendations to the SETAC Board of Directors which makes final approval decisions.

Step 5 - Funding

Funding of all approved grants begins October 1st.

Grant Forms

If you have received aid from SETAC before you may be expecting a more rigorous process but we've simplified it significantly. Download, fill out the application, and turn it in. You will be informed of the status of your application following the review. Those awarded funding will receive further instructions at that time.