The Arts Council supports the cultural industry in Hillsborough County through grants to nonprofit arts organizations, individual artists, and educators and by providing professional development programs to artists and organizations.
General Operating Support Grants
The Arts Council offers general operating support grants to nonprofit arts organizations in Hillsborough County. Recipients have ranged from small to large groups working in a variety of areas. Applicants are judged on cultural merit; community outreach; and financial management by a panel of art and grant professionals. An application workshop is generally scheduled in late spring when the application period opens. Attendance at the application workshop is required of all applicants. For specific eligibility, qualifications and documents, please refer to the Cultural Development Grant page.
These are reimbursement grants and the grant period is Oct. 1 through Sept. 15. Funding for this program is provided by the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners and managed by the Arts Council.
Career Advancement Grants for Artists
The Professional Development for Artists Grant program is offered to individual artists for specific purposes that they can show will take their career to a higher level. The program is open only to visual, performing and literary artists who reside in Hillsborough County. Artists interested the program should visit our Artist Grant page where you can see the guidelines, application, and tips on applying for artist grants.
These are reimbursement grants and the grant period is March 1 through Sept. 15. Funding is provided by money raised at the FIVE by FIVE Celebration event and the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners. It is managed by the Arts Council.
The Arts Council offers microgrants to support a variety of arts experiences in Hillsborough County Public Schools. Teachers may ask for support for a specific program or project as well as equipment, fees, supplies, or services. Applicants must be full-time K- 12 arts teachers (visual art, music, dance, theater / drama) employed in a Hillsborough County Public School.
These are reimbursement grants. Funding is provided and managed by the Arts Council.
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, donations received from individuals and fundraising events such as FIVE by FIVE and Heart of the Arts.
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 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.
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.