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$300,000 Going to 17 Hillsborough Arts Organizations

Grant applications being reviewed at the panel meeting held at the Entrepreneur's Collaborative Center in Ybor City.

Photo above: Grant applications being reviewed at the panel meeting held at the Entrepreneur’s Collaborative Center in Ybor City.

Seventeen nonprofit arts organizations will receive more than $300,000 in grants from a program designed to support Hillsborough County arts and culture. The organizations answered a call for applications in May and were selected through a competitive process by a team of experienced arts professionals.

“The range of groups that responded bridge all disciplines and represent both large and small organizations with some of our area’s finest talent,” said Martine Meredith Collier, executive director of Hillsborough County’s Arts Council.

The program offers awards of $15,000, $20,000 and $30,000 and allows recipients to use the funds for general program support, a rarity among funding programs. The grants are especially important this year, a year in which the State of Florida’s arts funding was decimated.

“That’s why we broadened the qualification for funding through this program in addition to creating a separate, new grant opportunity with smaller awards for specific projects,” added Collier.  

Both programs are funded by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners and managed by the Arts Council.

The 17 Cultural Development Grant recipients include:

  • Bits N Pieces Puppet Theatre
  • Carrollwood Players
  • Florida Wind Band
  • Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Inc.
  • Gasparilla International Film Festival
  • Gasparilla Music Foundation
  • Jobsite Theater
  • New Tampa Players
  • Powerstories Theatre
  • Spanish Lyric Theatre
  • Stageworks Theatre
  • Tampa International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
  • Tampa Oratorio Singers
  • Tampa Metropolitan Youth Orchestra
  • Tampa Pride
  • Tampa Theatre
  • Ybor City Museum Society

For more information on the Arts Council’s programs, visit the grants tab of or call 813.276.8250.


Arts Council 2018 Grant Workshop
Arts and cultural nonprofit groups attend grant workshop in May to learn more about applying to the Arts Council’s grant programs.