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State of the Arts Opportunity Grants

Grants to Florida Nonprofits in Eligible
Communities for Arts and Cultural Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

09/10/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Florida nonprofit organizations in eligible communities to support arts and cultural projects. Funding may be used for capital expenses that enhance organizational capacity, artists' salaries and fees, marketing, and production and exhibition costs. Eligible applicants must be based in Sarasota County.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145648

Estimated Size of Grant:

The State of the Arts Opportunity Grant program provides grants of up to $5,000 per application.

Term of Contract:

Project must be less than 12 months in duration and take place between October 1, 2021, and September 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- The primary mission of applicant organizations must be cultural/artistic presenters, exhibitions, or arts education.
- 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

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-proposal Conference:

Virtual Information Session: Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 10:30 AM

Register here:

A recording of the session will be available on July 21, 2021.

Pre-Application Information:

- Wednesday, July 21, 2021: Grant application Open
- Friday, Sept. 10, 2021 at 5:00 PM: Grant application Deadline
- Monday, Sept. 13 - Friday, Sept. 17, 2021: Grant panel meet and review applications
- Wednesday, September 22, 2021: Arts & Cultural Alliance Board approves grants
- Friday, September 24, 2021: Applicants notified

An applicant organization is not eligible for Opportunity Grant Funds in the same year that it receives Tourist Development Tax Funds from Sarasota County.

Grant requests are limited to 50% of the project expense budget.

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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