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Grants to Florida Nonprofits and Artists to Enhance Arts and Cultural Opportunities for Local Residents

Arts and Culture Grants


Agency
Local

GrantWatch ID#
162777

Funding Source
City of Fort Myers
Arts and Culture Division
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Geographic Focus
USA: Florida: City of Fort Myers

Important Dates
Conference Date: 05/16/23
Deadline: 06/09/23 4:30 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Florida nonprofit organizations, artist groups, and individual artists to enhance arts and cultural opportunities for residents in eligible locations. Funding is intended for programs and projects in a wide range of artistic disciplines. Eligible proposals benefit neighborhoods in the City of Fort Myers.

The City of Fort Myers arts and culture grant program has been designed to foster and grow the thriving and eclectic cultural arts community in Southwest Florida. The purpose of the grant program is to activate the City of Fort Myers with exciting and alluring artistic offerings that leave a LASTING IMPRESSION on residents and visitors alike. Because arts and culture are the heartbeat of Fort Myers, the funding source seeks projects that capture the uniquely charming SWFL flavor through a plethora of artistic mediums and forms. All projects and programs are welcomed, including but not limited to visual arts, fine arts, photography, performing arts, sculpture, cinematic, digital arts and even literary. Creativity is endless and so is the talent in Southwest Florida. The Arts & Culture Division in the City of Fort Myers is entrusted with bringing that talent to the forefront throughout the city.

The grant programs administered by this office strive to:

  • Bring expansive and exciting art and culture programs and permanent installations within the City of Fort Myers
  • Encourage collaborations to develop larger, expansive and significant programs/projects that leave a LASTING IMPRESSION
  • Foster a healthy arts and culture community in Fort Myers
  • Encourage artistic quality, exploration and program innovation
  • Strengthen arts and culture representation throughout city wards, with authentic representation at the neighborhood level
  • Appeal to an expansive local audience as well as audiences in neighboring counties
  • Promote multicultural inclusion in all aspects of the city’s cultural life
  • Stimulate increased private support for the arts & culture
  • Elevate arts and culture as the economic driver for tourism in Fort Myers
  • Invest in local talent to promote a flourishing arts and culture community


Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility - Artists:
1. Artist must live or work within corporate limits of the City of Fort Myers or create/perform work
that will make a meaningful contribution to the arts and culture of the City of Fort Myers.
2. Because the grant program is interested in professional and/or pre-professional caliber works,
applicants must be no less than 16 years old, and must accompany an affidavit by parent or legal
guardian asserting permission
3. Artist must produce interpretive and creative work in artistic disciplines, such as: dance, literature, music, theater, visual arts, performance art, including choreographers, composers, playwrights, poets, writers, and video artists.
4. Be actively engaged in the pursuit of creating and producing works of art.
5. If the artist has received a City of Fort Myers Arts & Culture Grant at any time in the past, then a Post Grant Final Report must have been submitted for that Grant. *Grant recipients who have not completed a Post Grant Final Report for any grant received are not eligible to apply for funding at any time in the future and will be disqualified should they do so.

Eligibility - Organizations:
1. Applicants must be 501(c)(3) designated nonprofit organizations that produce and/or present an arts and cultural program or festival within the City of Fort Myers’ corporate limits.
2. Have documented IRS nonprofit, tax-exempt status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Applicants with pending 501(c)(3) status are not eligible.
3. Have completed one year of fiscal operation as a non-profit organization and can provide board-approved financial statements.
4. Be able to provide most recently completed IRS Form 990.
5. Be able to match amount requested on a dollar-for-dollar basis.
6. Applicant organizations may submit only one application.
7. If the organization has received a City of Fort Myers Arts & Culture Grant at any time in the past then a Post-Grant Final Report must have been submitted for that Grant.

Ineligible
- Units of city or municipal government are ineligible for City of Fort Myers Arts & Culture Grants (i.e. public school, library, city special events department, etc.).
- Religious Organizations and Churches are ineligible for City of Fort Myers Arts & Culture Grants.

For limitations for artists and artist groups, see https://www.cityftmyers.com/DocumentCenter/View/19707/23-24-Grant-Guidelines-for-Artists-and-Artist-Groups-FINAL?bidId=#page=2.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Don't miss the first annual informational meet & greet to learn how your project can stand-out to earn a grant during the 2023/24 cycle. If you could not join the first session on May 9th, program staff are hosting the following second session:

May 16TH | 6-7PM
@ Southwest Florida Enterprise Center
9303 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Fort Myers

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/city-of-fort-myers-grant-programs-launch-meet-greet-tickets-634312835767

Pre-Application Information
Applications may be submitted in-person or online until June 9, 2023 at 4:30PM. The online portals below where to submit applications will remain open until then.

Match Requirement:
- Organizations: Applicants are required to show a match to the requested funds from earned income, foundations, individual and corporate contributions, government agencies and other organizations. These matching funds can include in-kind goods and services.
- An applicant’s project is perceived as stronger when granted funds are matched by the grant recipient(s) with funds from earned income, foundations, individual and corporate contributions, government agencies and other organizations. These matching funds can include in-kind goods and services.

Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum funding for each arts grant for a project or program is:
• $2,500 for an individual artist
• $8,500 for a group of at least three (3) artists collaborating on one project
• $10,000 for 501(c)(3) designated organizations


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