Cultural Development Grants for Organizations

The Arts Council administers an annual grant program open to nonprofit organizations with a cultural focus for the purpose of cultural development in Hillsborough County. Recipients have ranged from small to large groups working in a variety of areas. The grant cycle follows the Arts Council’s fiscal year which begins Oct. 1 with an application deadline in late summer on how to apply for a Cultural Development Grant from the Arts Council.  Nonprofit arts organizations applying for a 2014-15 Cultural Development Grant from the Arts Council must attend a workshop on the program, the application process and changes that have been made. A lack of understanding of the process and incomplete requirements is the number one cause of unsuccessful applications.

Cultural Development Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to not-for-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organizations that meet the eligibility requirements and provide cultural programming in Hillsborough County.  Funding is awarded based on overall quality of cultural excellence, community outreach and public impact, and financial/administrative organizational merit.

Any not-for-profit organization applying for a grant must have a cultural program focus.  Cultural disciplines encompass, but are not limited to: archaeology  architecture, children’s museums, crafts, creative writing, dance, drama, folk arts, history, literature, music, natural sciences, photography, public media, sculpture, theatre, visual arts, and the execution, exhibition, or presentation of such allied cultural forms.

2014-15 Cultural Development Grant Program


2014-15 CDG Procedures Manual (pdf)
2014-15 CDG Exhibits A,B1,B2 (Word doc)
Hills County EOC Clause (pdf)
Public Entity Crimes Form (pdf)
CDG Invoice Detail Worksheet (Excel doc)
CDG Reimbursement Request Invoice (Word doc)
CDG Change Request Form (Word doc)
CDG Final Report Form (Word doc)

Florida Cultural Alliance Membership Application


2014-15 Cultural Development Grant Program Guidelines – approved (pdf)
2014-15 Cultural Development Grant Program Scoring Details – approved (pdf)
2014-15 Cultural Development Grant Program Application – approved (Word doc)
Grant Glossary (pdf)
Sample grant, top scoring 2013 (pdf)
Cultural Development Grant Application Tips (pdf)


If you have questions about the program or the documents, please contact Director of Program Services Terri Simons at 813-276-8250.


The Arts Council’s grant programs are made possible thanks to funds from the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, donations received from individuals through Hillsborough Arts, Inc. and fundraising events such as FIVE by FIVE and Heart of the Arts. We are grateful for the continued support of our community that makes art happen. Make a donation to Hillsborough Arts.