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.

Grant applications will be accepted from March 15 – April 9, 2021.

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


Details and Documents

Grant Guidelines  |  Eligibility Quiz   |  Sample Application  |  FAQ’s  |  Administration Manual  |  Change Request  

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.

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 will be accepted from May 24 – June 18, 2021. If you have questions about the program, eligibility, or application,


The Arts Council has 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.

The purpose of this grant is to benefit the citizens of Hillsborough County through the creation of community projects of a cultural nature that actively engage a diverse range of Hillsborough County citizen voices and participants in the planning and implementation of the project.

Applications will be accepted from May 24 – June 18, 2021.

Please read the grant overview below for further information. If you have questions about the program, eligibility, or application,


Details and Documents

Grant Overview  |  Application Narrative  | Scoring Rubric  |  Guidance for Applicants

Important dates

Mark your calendar for these grant dates:

  • Cultural Development Grant applications will be accepted: March 15 – April 9, 2021
  • Community Arts Impact Grant applications will be accepted: May 24 – June 18, 2021
  • Community Arts Impact Grant for Higher Education applications will be accepted: May 24 – June 18, 2021
Organizational Grants

Be a grant panelist

The Arts Council invites members of the community to apply to serve as a panelist for our grant programs. Panelists are selected based on their knowledge of and experience in the arts, business and nonprofit management, and the community. Panelists review and score the applications and discuss them at a public grant panel meeting. Please find the fact sheet below for more details. Due to the limited size, we can’t always use everyone who volunteers.

Logo recognition

Arts organizations and artists receiving funding must display the Arts Council logo and 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. Please find more information and downloadable logos below.

Grant Panelist Application Form

For assistance or questions, please contact the Martine at the Arts Council at 813.571.699.


Cultural Equality

We ask applicants to self-identify their age, gender, ethnicity/race in order to help us meet our goal of providing cultural equity in our programs and services.


Please upload your current resume or CV in PDF format. To ensure we can identify your resume, please be certain your last name is part of the file name.