Funding guidelines and application info

Organizational grant opportunities

Current grant programs

The Cultural Development Grant Program provides general program support to local cultural organizations with programming that not only serves diverse audiences but also reaches geographically diverse communities. It is the intent of the program to encourage the development of both cultural and administrative operations of these organizations. Funds provided through this grant program are also intended to enhance the organization’s ability to attract new audiences and increase funding from other sources.

An organization applying for a grant must have as its primary mission the delivery of cultural programs. Cultural disciplines encompass, but are not limited to: architecture, crafts, creative writing, dance, history, literature, media arts, music, photography, theatre, traditional arts, visual arts, and the execution, exhibition, or presentation of such allied cultural forms.

Applications for FY25 grants will open on February 26, 2024.

To read about this grant in greater detail, please review the guidelines below. If you have questions about the program, eligibility, or application, please contact us at


Details and Documents

FY25 Grant Guidelines  |  Sample ApplicationAdministration Manual   

The Community Arts Impact Grant (CAIG) Program is designed to make arts and cultural opportunities more accessible for underserved populations across Hillsborough County. We are committed to supporting 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.

The Arts Council also created a separate division of the Community Arts Impact Grant for colleges and universities. The Community Arts Impact Grant-Colleges/Universities (CAIG/CU) is a competitive arts funding opportunity for colleges and universities whose administrative headquarters are located within Hillsborough County.

Community Arts Impact Grants are awarded on a competitive basis and are judged on community engagement and impact; cultural/artistic merit of project; and financial and administrative oversight. Applications for FY25 are opening April 8, 2024. If you have questions about the program, eligibility, or application,


Details & Documents

  FY25 Grant Guidelines   |  Sample Application  |  Administration Manual

The Special Events Partnership Grant is for events organized by nonprofit organizations only. The grant is designed to strengthen and promote cultural assets through growing and supporting arts and cultural events that encourage place-making and community-building outcomes aligned with Hillsborough County’s economic and community prosperity goals. These events should communicate the authentic County story, activate public spaces, enrich the lives of residents, and leverage private sector financial support while aligning to economic development objectives of achieving greater patron spending and maximizing visitation to our market.

A cultural asset, for the purposes of this program, is defined as a contributing element of the County’s uniqueness, personality, and character, which falls under one or more of the following categories:

  • -Fine arts
  • -Historic
  • -Natural and or recreational
  • -Lifestyle, culinary, and or creative industries

The Special Events Partnership Grants applications are accepted during two cycles in each fiscal year. Grant applications for FY25, Cycle 1 funding will open on July 15, 2024. Available grant funds are competitively awarded to selected applicants after being review and scored by the Cultural Assets Commission and are issued in the form of a sponsorship in three (3) separate payments.

To learn more about this grant, visit: Special Events Partnership Grant

Details and Documents

FY25 Grant Guidelines  |  Sample ApplicationAdministration Manual   

Important dates

Mark your calendar for these grant dates:

  • Cultural Development Grant applications will be accepted: February 26 – March 15, 2024
  • Community Arts Impact Grant applications will be accepted: April 8 – April 26, 2024
  • Special Event Partnership Grant Program, FY24 Cycle 2: February 15 – February 29, 2024
  • Special Event Partnership Grant Program, Fy25 Cycle 1: July 15 – August 2, 2024

Logo recognition

Arts organizations and artists receiving funding must display the Hillsborough County logo on all promotional materials and give proper credit for funding, as stated in the grant contract, to increase awareness of local funding for the arts and its importance. Artists must display credit for funding on their website, in social media, printed and electronic collateral by displaying the logos and/or a text statement.