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State of the Arts Opportunity Grants

Grants to Sarasota County, Florida
Nonprofits for Arts Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

09/09/19 5:00 PM


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

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:

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, 2019, and September 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Non-profit 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-proposal Conference:

Applicants are invited to attend Grant Workshop to learn more specifically about the grant program and to ask questions about the application and evaluation process. All applicants, including returning applicants, are strongly encouraged to attend a Workshop.

Grant workshops:

Tuesday, July 9
9:30 am
Center for Arts and Humanity
1226 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Wednesday, July 10
10:00 am
Gulf Coast Community Foundation
601 Tamiami Trail South, Venice

To register, visit:

Pre-Application Information:

Program calendar:

- Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 9:30 – 11:00 AM: Grants workshop, Sarasota (Center for Arts and Humanity)

- Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 10:00 – 11:30 AM: Grants workshop, Venice (Gulf Coast Community Foundation)

- Thursday, July 11, 2019: Grant application open

- Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, 5:00 PM: Grant application deadline

- Tuesday, September 17 – 11, 2019: Grant panel review

- Wednesday, September 18, 2019: Alliance Board approves panel recommendations

- Friday, September 20, 2019: Grantees notified

- Monday, Oct. 21, 2019: Celebration of the Arts – Grants awarded

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

Contact Information:

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

Application form (available July 11th):

General Information: 941-365-5118 ext. 313
(please include “Opportunity Grant” in the subject line)

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Sarasota County