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Grants to Florida Nonprofits to Support Cultural Programming


Geographic Focus

USA: Florida: Hillsborough County

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Cultural Development Grant

Arts Council of Hillsborough County (ACHC)

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #145352

Grant Description

Grants of up to $15,000, grants of up to $20,000, and grants of up to $25,000 to Florida nonprofit cultural organizations in eligible locations for general program support. Funding is intended for programs that serve diverse audiences and communities. Eligible applicants are located in Hillsborough County.

The Cultural Development Grant Program provides general program support to local cultural organizations with programming that not only serves diverse audiences but also reaches geographically diverse communities. It is the intent of the program to encourage the development of both the cultural and administrative operations of these organizations. Funds provided through this grant program are also intended to enhance the organization’s ability to attract new audiences and increase funding from other sources.

An organization applying for a grant must have as its primary mission the delivery of cultural programs. Cultural disciplines encompass but are not limited to architecture, crafts, creative writing, dance, history, literature, media arts, music, photography, theatre, traditional arts, visual arts, and the execution, exhibition, or presentation of such allied cultural forms.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Cultural Development Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) Florida corporations that meet the eligibility requirements and provide cultural programming in Hillsborough County.

All applicant organizations must meet the following eligibility criteria at the time of application.
- Applicant organization must be registered as an active nonprofit Florida corporation with the Florida Division of Corporations with a principal address in Hillsborough County.
- Programs, services and events open to the public and benefit residents of Hillsborough County.
- Organizations must show in their budget that they are capable of at least a dollar-for-dollar match for the grant amount requested from the Arts Council. No in-kind contributions will be considered as part of this match.
- Must provide a complete copy of the most recently filed IRS Form 990 or IRS Form 990EZ which must be dated within 18 months prior to the application deadline date. No 990 postcard filings will be accepted.
- Organizations that have not fulfilled contractual grant agreements with the Arts Council of Hillsborough County in previous years are not eligible for funding.
- Applications from municipalities, governmental entities, educational institutions, and fiscal agents will not be accepted.

Organizations that currently receive other funding from Hillsborough County are not eligible (does not include capital project funds).

For Specific Eligibility Requirements, see

For ineligible activities, see

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be submitted in the online grant system by Friday, February 18, 2022, at 5 pm.

Board Review and Scoring of Applications: Monday, March 28, 2022, at 11 am (online virtual meeting, details to follow). All applicants are encouraged to attend.

The Arts Council anticipates total grant requests will exceed funds available; consequently, requests are generally not fully funded.

Organizations may submit only one application, but multiple programs within the organization may be included

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Level 1: Organizations with revenue under $100,000 may apply for up to $15,000 for general program support.
- Level 2: Organizations with revenue between $100,000 and $399,999 may apply for up to $20,000 for general program support.
- Level 3: Organizations with revenue of more than $400,000 may apply for up to $25,000 for general program support.

Term of Contract:

The grant period begins Oct. 1, 2022, and ends Aug.15, 2023. Costs incurred prior to or after this period will not be reimbursed.

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