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State of the Arts Opportunity Grants

Grants to Florida Nonprofits in
Eligible Areas for Arts Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

09/11/20 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Florida nonprofit organizations in eligible areas to support arts-based projects. Consideration will be given to organizations whose main goal is cultural/artistic presenters, exhibitions, or arts education. Funding may be requested for projects that demonstrate artistic merit, administrative competence, and community involvement. Eligible applicants must be based in Sarasota County.

Allowable reimbursable expense categories: 

  • Artists’ salaries and fees
  • Production or exhibition expenses
  • Marketing
  • Office equipment, computers, software, and other capital items that increase organizational capacity

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145648

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $5,000 are available. Grant requests are limited to 50% of the project expense budget.

Term of Contract:

Project must be less than 12 months in duration and take place between October 1, 2020, and September 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Nonprofit organizations in Sarasota County that do not qualify for or did not receive a Tourist Development Cultural/Arts Grant may apply.
- The applicant must be based in Sarasota County and have a 501(c) (3) IRS designation.
- The applicant must be a member of the Arts and Cultural Alliance.
- An applicant organization is not eligible for Opportunity Grant Funds in the same year that it receives Tourist Development Tax Funds from Sarasota County.

Organizational support groups and guilds may not apply on their own behalf.

Non-allowable expense categories:
- Fellowships/scholarships
- Touring of exhibitions or performances outside of Sarasota County
- Reduction of existing deficits
- Payroll taxes, pension, or fringe benefits
- New construction and/or renovation
- Entertainment expenses
- Travel not related to the project
- Fundraising
- Occupancy expenses, including utilities and telephone
- In-kind, non-cash items should not be included in the budget.

Pre-Application Information:

Program Calendar:

- Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 11:00 AM: Virtual Information Session
- Monday, July 13, 2020: Grant Application Open
- Monday, September 11, 2020, 5:00 PM: Grant Application Deadline
- Week of September 14, 2020: Grant panel review
- Monday, September 21, 2020: Alliance Board approves panel recommendations
- Week of September 28, 2020: Grantees notified
- October: Celebration of the Arts – Grants Awarded

An organization is restricted to one application with one project per year.

All applicants, including returning applicants, are strongly encouraged to view the information session.

Recording of virtual information session conducted on July 8, 2020:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

General Information: 941-365-5118 ext. 307
(please include “Opportunity Grant” in the subject line)

Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County
1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 300
Sarasota, FL 34236

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