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Changes to Our Artist Grant Program

Have you been eyeing a residency with a master artist but the cost has stood in your way? Or, there’s a piece of equipment that would make your work go faster or would let you take on bigger projects? Our new grant program can help. We’re offering grants of up to $2,000 each to Hillsborough County’s professional artists for an education experience or equipment that would make a huge difference in their art career.   

This new program is different from our artist grant programs of the past. The application has been simplified and its focus is completely on helping the artist grow through a learning experience or creative tools. That’s why we’re calling it the Professional Development for Artists grant. The deadline to apply is coming up — Friday, Dec. 15 at 4 pm

Key Changes in the Program from Previous Years

There are several important changes to our artist grant program (now called Professional Development Grants for Artists) that differ from past years’ programs. Some of those are: 

  • This program is now open to emerging AND established professional artists. Past programs only allowed accomplished professional artists.
  • Residency requirement: Must be a resident of Hillsborough County for the 12 months prior to application. This changed from 24 months to 12 months.
  • Lifetime limit on number of grants you can receive is removed! Thought you maxed out on the old program? Artists who received a grant in prior programs ARE ELIGIBLE to apply unless they received a grant in the last three years. The only caveat is that artists who receive a grant must wait three years before they can apply again.  
  • Grant purpose/project: The new grant program only supports two types of “projects:” The project purpose must be one of two things — either an education experience that will make a difference in the artists’ career growth OR a piece of non-disposable equipment that would be pivotal to advancing the artist’s career. 
  • Work samples: Simplified requirements for all disciplines. 

Got a question about applying? Call Terri Simons, Director of Program Services and Communications, at 813.276.8250. 

Get more information on the program, download the application and guidelines