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John Ringling Tower Fund - Individual Artist Award

Grants to Sarasota County, Florida Individual Artists for
Work in the Visual, Performing, and Literary Arts Fields

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Foundation / Corporation

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Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County - John Ringling Towers (JRT) Fund

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Deadline Date:

09/09/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $3,000 to Sarasota County, Florida individual artists to refine and explore work in the fields of visual, performing, and literary arts. Funding is intended to directly assist artists, acknowledge exceptional work, and support continued talent development. The program is designed to recognize emerging, practicing, professional, and creative artists.

In collaboration with the Hermitage Artist Retreat, Inc., the top-scoring grantee in each discipline will receive a three-week residency at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Manasota, FL. The Hermitage requires that, in exchange for this residency, the artist contribute to the Hermitage public programming. The Alliance may also require a public presentation of the artist’s work, the venue to be determined on a yearly basis.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160590

Number of Grants:

The number and size of awards will vary according to the number of applications reviewed and the funds available.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- The Individual Artist Award provides grants of up to $3,000.
- The top-scoring grantee in each discipline will receive a residency at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Manasota, FL.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any professional artist 18 years or older who has been a legal resident of Sarasota County for one year at the application deadline is eligible.

The following exceptions apply:
- Students enrolled in a directly-related degree program at the time of application or those whose degrees are pending are ineligible.
- Recipients may receive only one John Ringling Towers Fund Individual Artist Award every three years.
- Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County board members and staff are ineligible.
- Applicants must be a member of the Arts and Cultural Alliance.
- Collaborating artists interested in applying together must file and sign one joint application for a single grant, as well as provide resumes for both collaborators. A collaborator may reside out of state, so long as one applicant is a legal resident of Sarasota County.

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.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019, 9:30 -11am
Center for Arts and Humanity
1226 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota

Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 10 – 11:30am
Gulf Coast Community Foundation
601 Tamiami Trail South, Venice

Grant Workshop Registration:

Pre-Application Information:

- Thursday, July 11, 2019: Grant application Open
- Monday, September 9, 2019, 5 pm: Grant Application Deadline
- Tuesday, September 17, 2019: Panel Review
- Wednesday, September 18, 2019: Alliance Board Approves Panel recommendations
- Friday, September 20, 2019: Applicant notification
- Monday, October 21, 2019: Celebration of the Arts – Grant Awards

75% of the award will be presented in a check at the Celebration of the Arts.

Contact Information:

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

Online Application:

Direct questions to:
Susan Burke, Operations Manager
General Information: 941-365-5118 ext. 313

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Sarasota County