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Community Arts Impact Grant - Colleges and Universities (CAIG/CU)

Grants to Florida IHEs in Eligible Areas for Arts
and Cultural Projects that Benefit Local Residents

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Arts Council of Hillsborough County (ACHC)

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Deadline Date:

06/18/21 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to Florida college and university departments in eligible areas for arts and cultural projects that impact the local community. The purpose of this program is to benefit local residents through the development of community arts and cultural projects that actively engage a diverse range of Hillsborough County citizen voices in the planning and implementation of the proposed project. Eligible applicants are departments and divisions of IHEs whose administrative headquarters are located within Hillsborough County.

The CAIG/CU grant should focus on community impact through arts and cultural programming. Students and faculty are not the focus; however, students may be engaged with the community to design and facilitate an arts and/or cultural project. 

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#: 186731

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant request for any application must not exceed $12,500.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is Nov. 1, 2021 through Aug. 31, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Organizations:
- Any Department/Division of a college or university whose administrative headquarters are located within Hillsborough County may apply.
- The College/University must be a 501(c)(3) organization in good standing at the time of application.
- The College/University must be registered as an active nonprofit Florida corporation with the Florida Division of Corporations with a principal address in Hillsborough County.
- Applicants must be apolitical and nonideological.

Ineligible Applicants include:
- Departments/Divisions of colleges and universities based outside of Hillsborough County, Florida.
- Hillsborough County Special Events Partnership granteesfor the same project.

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

Registration required.

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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.

All applications and support materials must be submitted electronically before the application deadline. Paper applications will not be accepted. Deadlines will not be extended, and partial or incomplete applications will be deemed ineligible.

The applicant may make only one application per grant period, per Department/Division of the college or university. Multiple Departments/Divisions of a college or university may apply, but only one Department/Division of the same institutions can be funded in a given year.

Contact Information:

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

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Hillsborough Arts Council
601 E. Kennedy Blvd, 20th Floor
Tampa, Florida 33602

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida: Hillsborough County

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