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Grants to Florida Nonprofits and Agencies
for Arts and Cultural Programs

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Florida Department of State - Division of Cultural Affairs

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06/01/21 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to Florida nonprofit corporations and public entities to support arts and cultural programming. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to submitting a proposal. Funding is intended to support cultural activities throughout the state, including professional services, performances, events, exhibits, and educational programs. For the purposes of this program, arts and cultural disciplines include music, dance, theatre, creative writing, literature, architecture, painting, sculpture, folk arts, photography, crafts, media arts, visual arts, programs of museums, and other such allied, major art forms.

General Program Support (GPS) funding provides funding for Florida’s arts and cultural organizations, both public and private. GPS is designed to fund general program activities (as opposed to a specific project) of an organization. The grant funding should further the State’s cultural objectives by:

  • Conducting, creating, producing, presenting, staging or sponsoring cultural exhibits, performances, educational programs, or events; or
  • Providing professional services as a State Service Organization or Local Arts Agency.

The Division offers four types of General Program Support:

  • Arts in Education program support for organizations that promote excellence in arts education;
  • Discipline-Based program support for cultural and artistic programming;
  • Local Arts Agency program support for designated Local Arts Agencies;
  • State Service Organization program support for cultural organizations that meet the definition of State Service Organization.

For more about proposal types, see

For allowable expenses, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163533

Estimated Size of Grant:

General Program Support grants have a minimum request amount of $1,000 and a maximum request of $150,000 based on proposal type and funding level.

Term of Contract:

Grant Period: July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must be either a public entity or a Florida non-profit, tax-exempt corporation as of the application deadline. Ongoing arts and cultural programs within larger, multipurpose institutions are also eligible to apply with restrictions. For more information on applying as part of a larger organization, see page 6 of the GPS Guidelines in Supporting Documents below.

Basic Eligibility
1. All current and previous grantees must be in good standing with the Division of Cultural Affairs and the Department of State at the time of application.
2. Applicant organization must be either a public entity or a Florida non-profit, tax exempt corporation as of the application deadline.
3. All organizations must have at least one year of completed arts and cultural programming and be able to provide their last completed fiscal year’s operating budget.
4. Applicant must have registered with the Division of Corporations, and their status be “active,” as of the application deadline (
5. Applicant must be registered as a vendor with the Department of Financial Services, and be able to provide a copy of their Florida Substitute W-9 form (
6. Applicant must have a DUNS number (
For more information about program and discipline-specific eligibility requirements, see pages 8-9 of the GPS Guidelines

For non-allowable expenses, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

How to Apply for General Program Support Grants
- Learn about the guidelines, eligibility, how to apply in the system, how scoring is conducted and more in the training webinar series. For more information:

10:00 a.m. Thursday, April 8, 2021

2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Pre-Application Information:

- Next Deadline: 5:00 p.m. EST, June 1, 2021
- Grant Period: July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023
- Application Available: April 1, 2021

If a deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the deadline date will be the next business day.

- Applicant must be registered as a vendor with the Department of Financial Services:
- Applicant must have a DUNS number:

The Division requires that all grants are matched at a minimum of dollar/dollar except for organizations located in REDI counties or considered underserved. This means that if your grant request is $150,000, your organization would be expected to spend $150,000 in cash from other non-state sources towards the project. This includes any allowable in-kind goods or services. See

For a full timeline, see

For more information, see:

Example applications:

Contact Information:

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

To apply, see:

For information about the General Program Support program, contact the program manager responsible for your proposal type and discipline. See

For Assistance and Information:
- For Community Theater, Professional Theater, Literature, Presenter, and Traditional Arts, contact Summer Callahan at 850.245.6356 or
- For Media Arts, Multidisciplinary, and Visual Arts, contact Danila Coppola at 850.245.6431 or
- For Arts in Education, Local Arts Agencies, and State Service Organizations, contact Hillary Crawford at 850.245.6462 or
- For Dance, and Music, contact Michelle Smith Grindberg at 850.245.6475 or
- For Museums, contact Sarah Stage at 850.245.6459 or

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