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Cultural Festival Program (CFP)

Grants to Broward County, Florida Nonprofits and
Agencies for Public Festivals and Cultural Events

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Broward County Cultural Division

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07/01/18 11:59 PM


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Grants to Broward County, Florida nonprofit cultural organizations and government agencies to hold cultural performances, exhibitions, and other festival-related activities for the benefit of the general public. Applicants must submit a Letter of Intent for review in December.

Festivals can offer formal, and informal, educational activities or programming, such as lectures, artist demonstrations, and classes. The festival funding category will support projects that include components such as audience participation and/or immersion around a programmatic focus. Projects should include the involvement of multiple community organizations, presenters, performance groups, and/or individual artists. The CFP is a competitive process specific to festival project support to increase access to the arts, science, media, history and heritage offerings and the quality of cultural programming in neighborhoods and municipalities throughout Broward County. Festivals can include Creative Industry events - Art District Summits/Creative businesses, etc.

Creative industries: A range of economic activities that is concerned with the generation of knowledge and information arising from creative cultural arts activities, or intellectual property through which ideas are transformed into cultural goods and services in Broward County. Cultural art districts: A well-recognized, labeled, and mixed-use area, or art-walk, in which a high concentration of cultural facilities or services serves as an anchor of attraction for tourists and visitors, or cultural identity for residents and individuals in Broward County.

What May Be Funded: Reimbursable project expenses associated with providing funding for exhibitions, performances, or other cultural festival-related activities which are open to the general public.

Additional Funding Considerations:

a) All cultural programming activities funded by the County shall be of high artistic quality and contribute to creating an authentic cultural identity for the neighborhoods and municipalities throughout Broward County.

b) The Council's peer review panel will give greater funding consideration to:
1. Projects that demonstrate historical and diverse cultural heritage and local specific cultural arts activities.
2. Projects that are part of, or promote, the creative industries or the cultural arts districts.
3. Projects that contribute to the development of a signature event that can be held annually, biennially (every two years), semiannually (every six months), or periodically (from time to time).
4. Projects that attract participation in the arts by visitors and residents.
5. Projects that celebrate local cultural arts traditions.
6. Projects that have a specific marketing strategy.
7. Projects that can demonstrate that the funds will be used to develop and nurture high quality festival projects for subsequent festivals in future years.
8. Projects that can demonstrate that any net funds earned from festivals will be placed back into the applicant's festival operating budget to be used by the applicant for subsequent festivals in future years.
9. Projects that can successfully demonstrate that the applicant has a viable three year plan for enhancing and growing the festival submitted in the application proposal. Applicant shall update this plan in any subsequent year's application to the program.
10. Projects that are not first-year festival projects. All applicants must have completed at least one successful festival project (that is, an event project similar in artistic program content, scale, and budget as the proposed project) within the last two years immediately preceding the date of submittal of an incentive application under this program.

c) A festival project may be funded which:
(1) Is a cultural event of short duration (measured in days), bearing the same format or theme and offered by the same organization (or consortium of eligible organizations or entities) from year to year or from time to time, typically a large outdoor event (including covered or uncovered amphitheater) staged in a public place or at an area in Broward County (such as an indoor or outdoor venue), and is open to the general public;
(2) May take place on a single day, or over a series of days, and shall comprise at least four hours of consecutive programming;
(3) Includes components that allow for audience participation and immersion in an artistic and programmatic focus in cultural arts, interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary arts, media, science, history, diverse cultural heritage, creative industries, and cultural art districts (as described in Section 29.14); and
(4) Includes the involvement of multiple community organizations, presenters, performance groups, or individual artists.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181977

Term of Contract:

The funding period is October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Who May Apply: A public entity or a nonprofit organizations which has been operational in its cultural disciplines for a minimum of two uninterrupted years immediately preceding the date of application and which meets the following qualifications:

(1) A nonprofit organization:
a) With a cultural primary mission;
b) With a governing board that meets regularly in Broward County and operates under a set of bylaws. At least fifty percent (50%) of its governing board's members shall be existing or new resident(s) of Broward County at the time of submittal of the application in order to ensure that the best interests of the Broward County community will be taken into consideration by such members;
c) With a principal office address in Broward County, as recorded in the Secretary of State's Office;
d) With tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code;
e) Which has previously presented at least one (1) festival program that included exhibitions, programs, events, or performances which were open to the general public; and
f) Which has previously received support through subscriptions, memberships, earned income, or planned fund raising.

(2) A public entity which is a municipality, a state government agency, a political subdivision of the State of Florida located primarily in Broward County, or a sovereign native American nation, i.e., a federally recognized native American Indian tribe.

Funds may not be used for:
(a) Expenses incurred or obligated prior to or after the award period.
(b) Capital Construction or real property.
(c) Interest or reductions or deficits or loans, fines, penalties or cost of litigation.
(d) Prize money, scholarships, awards, plaques, certificates, or contributions.
(e) Benefits and projects planned primarily for fund raising purposes.
(f) Entertainment and promotions including related expenses such as receptions, food, beverages, flowers, t-shirts.
(g) Projects or organizations whose primary purpose is not secular and programs where the primary effect of funding would be to support a religion.
(h) Travel.
(i) Any expenditure not authorized by Section 1-90 Broward County Code of Ordinances.
(j) Matching funds from another Council funding program.
(k) Admissions to cultural programs, exhibits or performances.
(l) Projects that are restricted to private participation, including those programs which would restrict public access on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, marital status, political affiliation, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity and expression (including, but not limited to, Broward County Code, Chapter 161⁄2).
(m) Telemarketing.

Pre-Application Information:

The applicant must provide a one-to-one cash match. In-kind services or in-kind items will not be allowed for complying with the cash match requirements.

Prospective applicants will first submit a LOI, (or a Letter of Intent, or a stage-one proposal) which is a “project concept” and budget which will be presented to the Broward Cultural Council (BCC) for consideration, at their monthly meetings in September, December, March, and June.

Prior to applying, all prospective applicants are required to have already been approved for eligibility for funding by the Division. Applications are password protected.

Projects that are approved by the BCC, then, applicants are notified and invited to submit a full application (stage-two), by the published program deadline: 11:59 PM on October 1, January 10, April 1, or July 1.

-Letters of Intent Reviewed: September
-CFP Application Deadline: October 1
-Funding Approved: December
-Implementation Period: January 1 - September 30.

-Letters of Intent Reviewed: December
-CFP Application Deadline: January 10
-Funding Approved: March
-Implementation Period: April 1 - September 30

-Letters of Intent Reviewed: March
-CFP Application Deadline: April 1
-Funding Approved: June
-Implementation Period: July 1 - September 30 Current County FY

-Letters of Intent Reviewed: June
-CFP Application Deadline: July 1
-Funding Approved: September
-Implementation Period: Projects that occur before the end of the current County Fiscal Year (September 30), or October 1 - September 30 of the next County Fiscal Year.

Contact Information:

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

Start a letter of intent:

Adriane Clarke, Grants Management Specialist

James Shermer, Grants Administrator

Broward Cultural Division
100 South Andrews Avenue, 6th Floor
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-1829

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Broward County