The St Johns Cultural Council is pleased to announce an expansion of its “State of the Arts” grant program (“SOTA”).  Beginning in the Fall of 2020, SOTA grants will be funded once each year, with applications opening on September 1st.  This year’s program will include five (5) $1,000.00 grants and one grant of up to $5,000.00.  The grant process is competitive and not every application will receive funding.  There is no matching requirement and the application and reporting requirements are designed to minimize time of completion. 

Nonprofit organizations, individual artists and public schools may apply for funds to support new or expanded programs in disciplines including arts in education; music, dance, folk arts, humanities, literature, film, theatre and musical theatre; visual arts; historic preservation; or the collection or exhibition of cultural or artistic works. Individual artists may also apply for grants to fund professional development.  Proposals are evaluated for quality, impact and originality.

 Applicants must be St. Johns County residents or organizations based in St. Johns County.  All grant activities, other than artist professional development, must take place within St. Johns County, Florida.  Proposals for activities that reach underserved audiences, provide arts education, and create art in public places will receive priority, as will projects that include strategies to increase accessibility in light of social distancing and other CDC recommendations related to COVID-19.

Applications must be submitted electronically and received before 5 p.m. on Friday, October 2nd.  Funding recommendations will be made and announced no later than October 31st.

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