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St. Petersburg Arts Grants Program

Grants to Florida Arts and Culture Nonprofits
in Eligible Communities for General Operating Support

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City of St. Petersburg - Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs

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06/10/20 4:30 PM


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Grants to Florida nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in eligible areas to support general operating expenses. The purpose of this program is to support organizations that promote artistic vitality in the local community. Funding may be used for costs such as salaries, production, marketing, equipment, publications, and consultant fees. Eligible organizations will be located in St. Petersburg.

The Arts and Culture Grants are intended to provide operating funds to eligible organizations that contribute to the artistic vitality of the St. Petersburg community and its varied citizenry. The Arts and Culture Grants, along with supporting established organizations, will encourage the fostering of new or emerging art expressions and the preservation of diversity throughout the City of St. Petersburg.

Arts and Culture Grants will provide funding to assist underwriting general allowable operating expenses of art/cultural organizations during the specified fiscal year. 

Allowable Costs:

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GrantWatch ID#: 181420

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The applications are available for three levels of organizations:

- Level 1: Organizations with budgets of $149,999 or less are eligible to receive up to $6,000 or a maximum of 10% of the most completed fiscal year’s operating budget.

- Level 2: Organizations with budgets of $150,000 to $499,999 are eligible to receive up to $14,000.

- Level 3: Organizations with budgets of $500,000 or more are eligible to receive up to $20,000.

Operating budget thresholds are determined by actual (cash) operating revenues for the most recently completed fiscal year. Non-profit organizations that are not primarily arts/cultural organizations must base the grant request level on the actual operations expenses of the last completed fiscal year of the Arts and Culture Programming Unit within the larger parent organization.

Term of Contract:

Grant funds may be expended for the purposes of activities that occur or are obligated within the grant period of October 1, 2020 – September 19, 2021.

Organizations that were successfully funded in the prior fiscal year and whose grants scored a 90 or above are eligible for a second-year option grant update without having to submit a complete application packet. For more information about the Second Year Option, see

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations applying to the City for funding shall:

A. Be registered with the Florida Secretary of State as a nonprofit organization
B. Be a Tax Exempt 501(c)3 organization whose primary mission, as identified by a mission statement or articles of incorporation, is arts or cultural programming, arts or culture support, or arts or culture services unless applying under F(iii) below.
C. Be in existence and providing services to the residents of the City for at least one year from the date of registration with the Secretary of State.
D. Provide more than 50% of its programming within the City of St. Petersburg and have over 50% of its attendance taking place within the City of St. Petersburg for the organization’s most recently completed fiscal OR calendar year.
E. Have no outstanding debts to the City of St Petersburg; unless prior payment arrangements are in place and are current.
F. The organization must:
(i) present arts/cultural programming, performances, or exhibitions primarily for the benefit of St. Petersburg residents and its visitors;
(ii) have a history, science, or children’s museum that provides on-going arts/cultural programming, performances, or exhibitions primarily for the benefit of St. Petersburg residents and its visitors; or
(iii) be a non-profit organization that (1) has a facility specifically dedicated to the Arts and Culture Programming Unit and have at least one paid full-time permanent staff dedicated to that Arts and Culture Programming Unit and (2) presents arts/cultural
programming primarily for the benefit of St. Petersburg residents and its visitors on an on-going, year-round basis for which the Arts and Culture Programming Unit has actual operations in excess of $100,000 for the most recently completed fiscal year at the time of the application.

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Pre-proposal Conference:

Note: Workshop originally scheduled for April 14, 2020 has be CANCELLED. This cancellation will not delay the start of the grant season.

Pre-Application Information:

- April 1, 12:00 PM: FY2020 Arts and Culture Grant Period Opens
- May 29, 12:00 PM: Technical Review Deadline – Optional
- June 4, 5:00 PM: Advise arts organizations if grants are acceptable from a technical review perspective. Unacceptable application packets will be returned, with comments and/or reason(s) grant is not acceptable.
- June 10, 4:30 PM: Arts and Culture Grant Applications on Thumb Drive Due at City Hall
- June 23, 9:00 AM: Arts Advisory Committee Meeting
- June 12, - July 8: Staff Review of Arts and Culture Grant Applications
- August 5, 9:00 AM: Arts and Culture Grant Panel - Agenda Review and Procedures
- August 5, 10:00 AM: Arts and Culture Grant Panel - Review and Scoring of Applications
- October 15, 8:30 AM: Council Approval of Arts Advisory Committee Recommendations
- October 19/; Arts and Culture Grant Agreements Available for Signing

Contact Information:

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

Please contact Lynn Goodwin, Coordinator, 727-892-5370, to request submittal instructions.

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