The St. Johns Cultural Council administers an annual State of the Arts (SOTA) grant program, with applications opening on September 1st of each year. In 2024, we are awarding six $1,500 grants to individual artists or arts organizations. 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; 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.

Learn about past recipients and their projects:

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The application period for 2024-2025 SOTA grants will open on September 1, 2024. We will announce the SOTA grant recipients in November 2024.

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The next application cycle will open September 1, 2024. You can download a pdf version of the 2023-24 SOTA application for reference, though the 2024-2025 application may change. Click the button to create a user in our online grant portal to see all our available grants. Only online applications will be accepted.

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