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Grants to Florida Nonprofits in Eligible Locations for Arts and
Cultural Programs that Benefit Underserved Communities

Community Arts Impact Grant (CAIG) Program

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Arts Council of Hillsborough County (ACHC)

Deadline Date:

05/13/22 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $5,000 to Florida nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to increase access to arts and cultural programs in underserved communities. Funding is intended for activities and projects within the disciplines of visual arts, dance, theater, music, media arts, literary, folk arts, or multidisciplinary arts forms. The goal of the grant program is to elevate and advance arts and culture in Hillsborough County.

The CAIG program is designed to make arts and cultural opportunities more accessible for underserved populations across Hillsborough County. CAIG is committed to programs with 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.

Eligible Projects:

  • Cultural projects must be within the disciplines of dance, folk arts, literature/creative writing, media arts, music, theatre, visual arts, or multi-disciplinary art forms.
  • All activities funded through this program must be open to the general public.
  • Projects must be designed to elevate and advance arts and culture in the community.
  • Community impact through arts and cultural programming must be the primary focus of the proposed project. 

Grant funds may be used for expenses in the following categories:

  • Artistic and/or Technical Personnel
  • Outside Professional Services – Artistic and Technical
  • Rent for venues
  • Travel related directly to the project
  • Marketing
  • Other project-related costs.

A project submitted for funding does not have to be a new activity. Existing projects looking to expand to new audiences or measurably increase the program are equally competitive with new activities, provided that they support programs in communities that have limited access to traditionally structured arts programming.

It is recommended that applications focus on one program or activity. However, the projects can be a combination of various types of programming or activities. Projects can be small in scope and do not need to serve large numbers of people as long as they positively impact the organization’s purpose or mission, and are aligned with the funding priorities of this CAIG program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185683

Estimated Size of Grant:

Your total project cost may not exceed $50,000. Applicants may request between $1,000 and $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place between November 1, 2022, and August 15, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Organizations:
- Community organizations, neighborhood associations, ethnic/cultural organizations, as well as emerging arts and culture organizations.
- Applicant organization must be a 501(c)(3) organization in good standing at the time of application.
- Applicant organization must be registered as an active nonprofit Florida corporation with the Florida Division of Corporations with a principal address in Hillsborough County.
- Applicant organizations must be apolitical and nonideological.

Ineligible Applicants include:
- Organizations and groups based outside of Hillsborough County, Florida.
- Organizations who have been approved for a Cultural Development Grant through the Arts Council for FYE 2023.
- Organizations that have not successfully fulfilled contractual grant agreements with the Arts Council in previous years.
- Hillsborough County Special Events Partnership grantees for the same project
- Municipalities, governmental entities, educational institutions, and fiscal agents

Grant funds may not be used for the following:
- Benefits and projects planned primarily for fund-raising purposes, i.e. hospitality
- Private entertainment, food/beverages, plaques, awards, cash prizes, or scholarships
- Licensing fees of any kind
- Interest on loans, fines, penalties or costs of litigation
- Re-granting
- Activities for which academic credit is given
- Projects to reduce existing deficits
- Projects not open to the general public and/or restricted to an organization's membership only
- Travel that is not revenue-producing, competition-related or continuing education
- Capital expenditures (includes acquisitions, building projects or renovations)

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Grant applications open online: Friday, April 15, 2022, at 9 am
- Final Deadline: All applications must be submitted in the online grant system by Friday, May 13, 2022, at 5 pm.
- Board Review and Scoring of Applications: Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 10 am, (virtual meeting, details to follow). All applicants encouraged to attend.

Applicants may make only one application per grant period, per organization. This is a reimbursement-based grant.

Because this funding is designed to build capacity and long-term sustainability for the applicant organization, the following cash match requirements are in place:
- No prior CAIG award – No cash match required for the project
- One (1) prior CAIG award – 25% cash match required
- Two (2) prior CAIG awards – 50% cash match required
- Three (3) or more prior CAIG awards – 100% cash match required

Please allow sufficient time to complete your application. Deadlines will not be extended. The Arts Council can assist you with technical issues only if you contact them well in advance of the deadline.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online (from April 15): https://artscouncilhc.smapply.io/prog/fye_2023_community_arts_impact_grant/

Direct questions to:
arts@hillsboroughcounty.org
813-571-6991

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Hillsborough County

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