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Community Arts Impact Grant (CAIG) Program - Project Specific Grants

Grants to Hillsborough County, Florida Nonprofits to Increase
Accessibility to Cultural Activities for Underserved Populations

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Arts Council of Hillsborough County (ACHC)

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08/23/19 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $1,000 t0 $5,000 to Hillsborough County, Florida community-based nonprofits and arts-based organizations for increased accessibility to cultural activities for rural and underserved populations. Funding is intended for arts and culture programs presented in a range of settings in the county. The Fund is committed to supporting 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. 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.

Eligible projects:
- Cultural projects must be within the disciplines of dance, folk arts, literature/creative writing, media arts, music, theater, visual arts, or multidisciplinary arts 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.

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. 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.

For a list of eligible expenses, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185683

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request between $1,000 and $5,000. Total Project Cost may not exceed $50,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is November 1, 2019 through September 15, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations:
- Community organizations, neighborhood associations, ethnic/cultural organizations, and emerging arts and cultural 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 that have been approved for a Cultural Development Grant through the Arts Council in the FY2019-2020 grant cycle.
- Organizations that have not fulfilled contractual grant agreements with the Arts Council of Hillsborough County in previous years are not eligible for funding.
- Hillsborough County Special Events Partnership grantees.
- Municipalities, governmental entities, educational institutions and fiscal agents.

For a list of ineligible expenses, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applications workshops will take place at various locations, as follows:

- CAIG Tampa Workshop—Monday, July 22, 2019—2 pm at the County Administration Building, Room 2028 D, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd, Tampa, FL 33602
- CAIG Riverview Workshop—Tuesday, July 23, 2019—3 pm at Winthrop Arts, 11267 Winthrop Main St, Riverview, FL 33578
- CAIG Ruskin Workshop—Thursday, July 25, 2019—3 pm at Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Ave NE, Ruskin, FL 33570
- CAIG Plant City Workshop—Wednesday, July 31, 2019—2 pm at East Hillsborough Historical Society, 1914 Plant City High School Community Center, 605 N. Collins Street, Plant City, FL 33563

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Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is August 23, 2019, 5:00 PM. The Grant Panel Review takes place on September 17, 2019.

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

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Joe Federico, Grants and Contracts Compliance Coordinator

Terri Simons, Director of Program Services and Communications
(813) 276-8250

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Hillsborough County