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Grants to Florida Arts and Cultural Nonprofits and Agencies
in Eligible Locations to Support Public Programming

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Cultural Council for Palm Beach County

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04/02/21 11:59 PM


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Grants to Florida nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and agencies in eligible locations to support programming for the general public. New applicants must contact program staff and attend a training session prior to applying. Funding is intended for marketing and program expenses associated with performances, exhibitions, and cultural events. Eligible applicants are located in Palm Beach County.

Allowable Expenses for Reimbursement:

  • Professional in-house marketing staff; up to 50% of adjusted salary (gross salary less vacation, sick, personal, bereavement, and holidays)
  • Outside Professional Services specific to Artist fees directly related to the funded program, including travel 
  • Outside Professional Services specific to Marketing and/or Public Relations directly related to the funded program
  • Outside Professional Services specific to Production and Technical expenses directly related to the funded program
  • Outside Professional Services utilized to create virtual performances exposing the cultural institution to potential visitors
  • Marketing and Advertising costs directly used on in-county or out-of-county marketing related to the funded program
  • Space Rental directly related to the funded program
  • Travel/supplies/other directly related to the funded program
  • Pre-payments made prior to grant period for allowable expenses directly related to the funded program, deposits required by contracts, or if there is a savings resulted, services are essential to the program, or goods or services are available only if advance payment is made and after the event occurs

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147533

Estimated Size of Grant:

The funding levels are:
- Operating Revenues of $2 million or less: request 10% of operating revenues
- Operating Revenues between $2,000,001 and $3,000,000: request $200,000
- Operating Revenues between $3,000,001 and $5,000,000: request $250,000
- Operating Revenues above $5,000,000: request $300,000

Term of Contract:

Funding Period: October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Palm Beach County nonprofit arts and cultural organizations with annual operating revenues of at least $1,175,000 (exclusive of tangible collections, capital and/or endowment corpus) and a recognized ability to produce, present, and promote excellent programs that attracts a significant number of tourists and contribute to Palm Beach County’s reputation as a national cultural destination are eligible for this category.

Applicant must fulfill all of the following at time of application:
• The organization must be a nonprofit organization 501(c)3, or part of an organization, or unit of government that produces and/or presents a cultural program or festival.
• The organization must maintain a working office and/or be headquartered in Palm Beach County.
• The organization must have completed, at minimum, two years of fiscal operation as a nonprofit organization in Palm Beach County.
• The organization must be registered with Guidestar ( to verify nonprofit status.
• The applicant must provide a Department of Agriculture Reference/License Number reflecting the organization’s current status, found on the Florida Department of Agriculture letter permitting solicitations:
• The organization must document at least $100,000 of budgeted marketing activity for FY2021/2022.
• The organization must have a board of directors composed of at least 1/3 Palm Beach County residents.
• The organization must employ at least one permanent full-time employee or one permanent full-time equivalent (FTE).
• The organization must demonstrate through board-approved financial statements or financial audit that it meets or exceeds the operating revenue budget threshold of $1,175,000.

For Grant Restrictions from Funding or Reimbursement, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

To attend a Zoom application training on March 12, 2021 @10 a.m., RSVP by email to Vicky Jackson.

Pre-Application Information:

- Application released: March 5, 2021
- Online training: March 12, 2021
- Application deadline: April 2, 2021 by 11:59 p.m.
- Panel review: May 19, 2021
- Grant Award Notification: Summer, 2021
- Interim Report Due: Spring, 2022
- Final Report Due: Fall, 2022

First time applicants and individuals new to the grant process must contact staff and attend a mandatory workshop or complete an online training presentation prior to completing the application.

Applications that meet the eligibility criteria will be reviewed by a panel comprised of Cultural Council board members, TDC representatives, and community volunteers. Applicants will be required to participate in an “interview-style” review in a public setting, provide a brief update of programming and organizational changes since the grant submission, and answer panelist questions.

The organization must provide a dollar-for-dollar match for the amount requested (the match can be derived from contributed or earned income).

The program is a reimbursement-based grant program. Organizations approved for funding will receive grant disbursements through a quarterly reimbursement process beginning October 1, 2021.


Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Please contact members of the Cultural Council grants team to answer your questions and provide assistance with the online portal:

Vicky Jackson, Director of Grants

Courtney Williams, Grants Assistant

Cultural Council for Palm Beach County
Robert M. Montgomery, Jr. Building
601 Lake Avenue
Lake Worth Beach, FL 33460

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