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Tourist Development Cultural/Arts (TDC/A) Grant

Grants to Florida Arts Nonprofits for Events
and Performances that Attract Tourists

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Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County (ACA)

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Deadline Date:

02/26/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to Florida arts and cultural nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for cultural programming that attracts tourists to the local region. Funding is intended for costs related to the marketing and production of events, performances, and exhibitions that promote tourism in Sarasota County and maintain Sarasota's place as a cultural center.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167464

Estimated Size of Grant:

- For annual operating expenses under $100,000 the funding cap will be $8,250
- For annual operating expenses of $100,000 to $349,999, the funding cap will be $27,500
- For annual operating expenses of $350,000 to $1,999,999, the funding cap will be $55,000
- For annual operating expenses of $2,000,000 and over, the cap will be $96,250
- The cap will be the LOWER of the grant request OR 10% of the organization’s operating expenses as reported in its annual financial statements for its most recently completed fiscal year OR the cap described above.

Term of Contract:

Projects Must End by September 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants are required to have a 501 (c) (3) and may include government-operated cultural facilities and institutions,
municipal arts agencies, living collections, university presenters, and arts programs that are embedded under the umbrella of non-arts organizations or facilities.

Grants are available to organizations with recognized ability to produce, present and promote cultural and arts activities that appeal to tourists. Applicants must meet these specific requirements:

1. The applicant organization must have been registered as a Florida non-profit for at least one full year of operation prior to application deadline.
2. The applicant organization must have shown at least one year of stable arts/cultural programming prior to application deadline.
3. Applicant must be exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Support groups and guilds may not apply on their own behalf.
4. Applicant's activities must be Sarasota County-based.

For additional eligibility requirements, see:

Grants will not be awarded for anything unrelated to the project including, but not limited to:
- Capital support, including new construction, renovation or equipment
- Cash reserve
- Attendance at conferences and seminars
- Endowment
- Entertainment expenses
- Alcoholic beverages
- Fellowships/scholarships
- Fundraising
- General operating support
- Administrative costs not related to the project
- Space rentals not related to the project
- Travel not related to the project
- Complimentary tickets
- Audition expenses
- General organizational marketing programs and/or expenses
- Educational activities such as workshops, lectures, credit or non-credit courses

Pre-proposal Conference:

Dec. 14, 15, 17, 18, 2020: Information Sessions (registration required)


Link to the virtual sessions:

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications are due by 5:00 PM, Feb. 26, 2021.

Applicant must match the amount requested on a dollar-for-dollar basis, showing revenue specifically contributed for program (25% of this match may be in-kind). All in-kind revenue/expense must be properly documented and included with the application or such revenues/expenses will not be accepted.

New applicants are encouraged to contact Fern Tavalin with questions about the program qualifications and requirements.

Grant Calendar

- Feb 15-19, 2021: Optional Review Period
- Feb. 26, 2021, 5:00 PM: Grant application due
- Apr. 8, 2021: Replies to Panel Questions Deadline
- Apr. 12, 2021: First Grant Panel Meeting
- Apr. 19, 2021: Second Grant Panel Meeting
- May 12, 2021: Program Evaluation Session

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Fern Tavalin

Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota
1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Suite 300
Sarasota, FL 34236
Phone: 941-365-5118
Fax: 941-365-2787

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Sarasota County

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