Our Grant Programs

Arts Council Nonprofit Grants Open

Community Arts Impact Grants - NEW!

Cultural Development Grants

APPLICATION WORKSHOPS MAY 21 & 30

NEW ONLINE GRANT SYSTEM

The Arts Council supports the cultural industry in Hillsborough County through grants to nonprofit arts organizations and individual artists and by providing professional development programs to artists and organizations.

Cultural Development Grants for Nonprofits

General Program Support Grants

DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2018

The Arts Council of Hillsborough County (ACHC) is committed to facilitating participation in cultural programs by all individuals in Hillsborough County. The Cultural Development Grant Program provides general program support to local cultural organizations with programming that not only serves diverse audiences but also reaches geographically diverse communities. In addition, it is the intent of the program to encourage the development of both cultural and administrative operations of these organizations.  Funds provided through this grant program are also intended to enhance the organization’s ability to attract new audiences and increase funding from other sources.

An organization applying for a grant must have as its primary mission the delivery of cultural programs. Cultural disciplines encompass, but are not limited to:

architecture, crafts, creative writing, dance, history, literature, media arts, music, photography, theatre, traditional arts, visual arts, and the execution, exhibition, or presentation of such allied cultural forms.

Organizations applying for a Cultural Development Grant from the Arts Council must attend an application workshop, the first step in the application process. Cultural Development Grants are awarded on a competitive basis and are judged on cultural merit, community outreach and financial/administrative management.

These are reimbursement grants and the grant period is Oct. 1 through Sept. 15. Eligible organizations may apply for up to $30,000. Please read the program's Guidelines document for eligibility requirements and program information. Funding for this program is provided by the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners and managed by the Arts Council.

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Community Arts Impact Grants for Nonprofits

NEW! Project Specific Grants

DEADLINE: FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2018

The Community Arts Impact Grant (CAIG) Program is designed to make arts and cultural opportunities more accessible for underserved populations across Hillsborough County. We are committed to supporting geographic, ethnic and age diversity, as well as programs that serve veterans and people with disabilities. Additionally, this grant program is meant to provide nimble/flexible funding while serving as a “training opportunity” for small, community-based organizations that are new to grant writing and/or seeking support from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County.

The goals of the Community Arts Impact Grant Program are aligned with the Arts Council of Hillsborough County’s Strategic Plan. Strategic funding priorities include:

  • Create pathways for supporting rural and underserved communities with arts and cultural programming.
  • Build deeper recognition that the arts and culture are critical for community and economic development.
  • Integrate arts and cultural programming and resources across the region and County.
  • Provide greater access to arts and cultural opportunities by leveraging creative community partnerships.
  • Increase accessibility to arts and cultural programs for diverse voices in diverse communities.

Additionally, the CAIG program is committed to supporting cultural assets that are creating and protecting cultural equity across Hillsborough County, Florida.

Community Arts Impact Grants are awarded on a competitive basis and are judged on community engagement and impact; cultural/artistic merit of project; and financial and administrative oversight.

These are reimbursement grants and the grant period is Nov. 1 through Sept. 15. Eligible organizations may apply for up to $5,000. Please read the program's Guidelines document for eligibility requirements and program information. Funding for this program is provided by the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners and managed by the Arts Council.

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Individual Artist Grants from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County

Career Advancement Grants for Artists

The Arts Council’s Professional Development for Artists (PDA) Grant Program was established in recognition of the value and important contributions of creative individuals to the cultural vitality of the Hillsborough County. The program’s intent is to support and develop a vibrant, creative community that inspires, energizes and stimulates prosperity for residents and visitors alike.

PDA Grants provide support for specific projects that will advance the careers of individual artists with established success on local, national or international levels. It is an annual grant program that provides financial support to emerging or established artists in a variety of disciplines for a single purpose: Funding attendance at a professional development experience or the purchase/rental of equipment that is pivotal to the advancement of the artist’s career.

These are reimbursement grants and the grant period is March 1 through Sept. 15. Eligible artists may apply for up to $2,000. Please read the program's Guidelines document for eligibility requirements and program information. Funding for this program is provided by the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners and managed by the Arts Council.

 

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Where the Arts Council Gets Money for Grants

The Arts Council's grant programs are made possible thanks to funds from the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.

More than $750,000 has been awarded to local artists since the program's inception in 1989 and nearly $11.5 million in annual and special grants to nonprofit cultural organizations since 1991. We are grateful for the continued support of our community, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners and the Hillsborough County Economic Development Department that makes art happen.

If you have questions about the Arts Council's grant programs or if you are interested in establishing a named grant fund to support artists, arts organizations or art projects in our area, please contact Terri Simons, Director of Program Services, at (813) 276-8250.

Grants

Other Organizations, Foundations that Offer Grants

There are many foundations, corporations and other organizations that offer funding for the arts. Check these listings for grants available for individual artists, nonprofits or specific types of projects. A few grant programs provide emergency relief.

This list is periodically checked but if you find a broken link or that a program is no longer offered, we would appreciate you letting us know.  

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