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State of the Arts Opportunity Grants

Grants to Sarasota County, Florida Nonprofits
for Arts Projects to Promote Tourism

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Sarasota County, Florida nonprofit organizations to support arts-based projects that will contribute to a tourism-friendly environment. Funding may be requested for projects that demonstrate artistic merit, administrative competence, and community involvement.

This Opportunity Grant is intended for organizations that do not qualify or did not receive the Tourist Development Cultural/Arts Grant. It is expected that all programming within the arts and cultural community will help create an environment that is attractive to tourists and visitors from outside the county.

Allowable reimbursable expense categories:
-Artists’ salaries and fees
-Production or exhibition expenses
-Office equipment, computers, software, and other capital items that increase organizational capacity

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:

Projects must be less than 12 months in duration and take place between October 1, 2017, and September 30, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant must be based in Sarasota County and have a 501(c)(3) IRS designation.

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

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

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

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

Non-Allowable expense categories:
-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
-Occupancy expenses, including utilities and telephone
-In-kind, non-cash items should not be included in the budget

Pre-proposal Conference:

The following grant workshops are available:

-Tuesday, June 27, 2017, 11:00 AM in Sarasota (Center for Arts and Humanity)
-Wednesday, June 28, 2017, 11:00 AM in Venice (Gulf Coast Community Foundation)

Pre-Application Information:

A grant request is limited to 50% of the project expense budget.

Program Calendar
-Tuesday, June 27, 2017: Grants Workshop
-Wednesday, June 28, 2017: Grants Workshop
-Friday, June 30, 2017: Grant e-Application Open
-Friday, Sept. 1, 2017: Grant e-Application Deadline
-Monday, Oct. 23, 2017: Awards Announcement

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Rachel Denton, Communications Manager
941-365-5118 ext. 304

For emails, please type in the subject line “Opportunity Grant”.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Sarasota County