The Harvey Arts Recovery supports the disaster recovery needs of the Greater
Houston arts, culture, and creative community in our 10-county region. As a collaborative
effort of Houston's arts services sector, our focus is on aiding individual artists and
rebuilding and restoring smaller organizations.
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Please note that applications for those affected by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey need to apply by October 31st to qualify for benefits.
Fresh Arts has compiled an "Emergency Resources for Artists" Google Spreadsheet. The sheet includes national emergency artist grants/funding opportunities, general resource guides, local emergency response info, and links to area shelters, volunteer opportunities and more.
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION ON PRIVATE NON PROFIT (PNP) ELIGIBILITY IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. No FEMA field representative may make or suggest a decision on whether your PNP is eligible. Please do not base your decision on whether to file on the information below about eligibility. Best practice is to MAKE THE RPA APPLICATION and let FEMA decide whether your organization is eligible.
Only certain PNPs are eligible Applicants. To be an eligible PNP Applicant, the PNP must show that it has:
A current ruling letter from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service granting tax exemption under sections 501(c), (d), or (e) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954; or
Documentation from the State substantiating it is a non-revenue producing, nonprofit entity organized or doing business under State law.
Additionally, as shown in Figure 6, prior to determining whether the PNP is eligible, FEMA must first determine whether the PNP owns or operates an eligible facility. For PNPs, an eligible facility is one that provides an eligible service as listed below:
A facility that provides a critical service, which is defined as education, utility, emergency, or medical (see Table 1);
A facility that provides a non-critical, but essential governmental service AND is open to the general public (see Table 2).62, 63 PNP facilities generally meet the requirement of being open to the general public if ALL of the following conditions are met:
Facility use is not limited to any of the following:
A certain number of individuals; o ignored
A defined group of individuals who have a financial interest the facility, such as a condominium association;
Certain classes of individuals; or
An unreasonably restrictive geographical area, such as neighborhood within a community;
Facility access is not prohibited with gates or other security systems; and any membership fees meet all of the following criteria:
Are waived when an individual can show inability to pay the fee;
Are not of such magnitude to preclude use by a significant portion of the community; and do not exceed what is appropriate based on other facilities used for similar services. o ignored
In cases where the facility provides multiple services, such as a community center, FEMA reviews additional items to determine the primary service that facility provides, such as:
U.S. Internal Revenue Service documentation o ignored
Pre-disaster charter, bylaws, and amendments o ignored
Evidence of longstanding, routine (day-to-day) use (e.g., a calendar of activities) o ignored
Facilities established or primarily used for political, athletic, religious, recreational, vocational, or academic training, conferences, or similar activities are not eligible
After an outpouring of concern about the fate of artists and smaller cultural organizations, several arts leaders initiated the Harvey Arts Recovery Fund that will accept tax-deductible flood recovery donations for artists and arts organizations affected by the recent floods. The Fund will be housed at the Houston Arts Alliance, a 501(c)(3) public charity.
Members of the Local Action Group who have stepped forward to initially manage the fund Are Fresh Arts, Dance Source Houston and Culture Works Greater Houston.
Click the link below to make a contribution electronically. If you prefer to pay by check, please make it payable to Harvey Arts Recovery Fund, and mail it to the following address:
Harvey Arts Recovery
C/O Houston Arts Alliance
3201 ALLEN PARKWAY, SUITE 250
HOUSTON, TX 77019
Want to help neighbors? Do you want to offer programs or services to those impacted? Fill in the below form and our team will be in touch with you once we are ready to deploy your talents/services/programs to those who need them most:
Do you as an individual artist, freelance worker or small-mid sized organization need assistance? Please fill out the preliminary below form. We will be following up with everyone individually as we progress forward.
1) Harvey Arts Recovery Fund DONATION INFO
2) Harvey Arts Recovery Fund REQUESTING GRANT/ASSISTANCE
3) Impact/damage assessment tool to assist with insurance claims and funding