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Community Arts Impact Grant (CAIG) Program

Grants to Florida Nonprofits in Eligible
Locations for Arts and Cultural Programs

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Arts Council of Hillsborough County (ACHC)

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06/18/21 5:00 PM


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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 for underserved communities. Eligible projects must be within the disciplines of visual arts, dance, theater, music, media arts, literary, folk arts, or multidisciplinary arts forms. Funding is intended to elevate and advance arts and culture in communities within Hillsborough County.

The Community Arts Impact Grant (CAIG) Program recognizes the value of the arts as a vital tool for civic engagement across a wide range of issues. Therefore, funding can be used to support arts programming that is taking place in a variety of settings throughout the county, as part of a larger mission to provide services to individuals and communities. 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 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. The goals of the Community Arts Impact Grant Program are aligned with the Arts Council of Hillsborough County’s Strategic Plan to ensure cultural equity and access to arts and culture for every citizen 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 take place between November 1, 2021 and August 31, 2022.
  • 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

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, 2020 and August 31, 2021.

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 2022.
- 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-proposal Conference:

Workshop for Applicants: Friday, May 21, 2021, 11 am

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Pre-Application Information:

- Grant applications open online: Monday, May 24, 2021, 9 am.
- Final Deadline: All applications must be submitted in the online grant system by Friday, June 18, 2021, 5 pm. Deadlines will not be extended, and partial or incomplete applications will be deemed ineligible.
- Panel Review Meeting: Wednesday, July 21, 2020, 1 to 3 pm, (online ZOOM 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.

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

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