Looking for funding? COCA administers several different grant programs aimed to help local arts organizations.
COCA administers grant programs on behalf of the City of Tallahassee and Leon County, distributing over $1 million annually to non-profit arts and cultural organizations that contribute significantly to the quality of life and tourism industry in Tallahassee and Leon County. Developed by a community task force, the grant guidelines are reviewed and revised every year. A diverse panel of community volunteers reviews applications and makes funding recommendations in a rigorous and highly accountable process.
COCA's Cultural Grant Program is designed to support and fund arts and cultural programs in our community that create broader public access, benefit, and participation in arts and cultural activities in our community and which enhance our community's quality of life, local economy and tourism impact. Volunteer citizen panelists are recruited each year to review and score grant applications and make recommendations for funding. Eligible organizations must be a 501c3 and have been providing arts or cultural programming in their discipline for at least three complete fiscal years. Recipients of City funds-- from general fund revenue--will have demonstrated dedication to creating broader public access, benefit and participation in arts and cultural activities in our community, enhancing both quality of life and our local economy. Recipients of County funds--from tourist development tax revenue-- will have demonstrated efforts to enhance Leon County's tourism impact. COCA offers free technical reviews, consultations, and grant writing workshops to assist applicants throughout the grant process.
FY16 Cultural Grant Program
FY17 Cultural Grant Program
FY18 Cultural Grant Program (Tentative)
The Cultural Facilities Matching Grant Program offers support and funding for renovation, new construction, acquisition or equipping of cultural facilities located in Leon County or the City of Tallahassee. A Cultural Facility is building that shall be used primarily for the programming, production, presentation, exhibition, or any combination of the above functions of any of the arts and cultural disciplines including, but perhaps not limited to: music, dance, theater, creative writing, literature, architecture, painting, sculpture, folk arts, photography, crafts, media arts, visual arts, programs of museums, historical sites, and historical/heritage facilities.
The intent of this grant program is capital improvement that, for the purposes of this application, is defined as an addition or renovation of a permanent structural improvement or the restoration of some aspect of a property that will either enhance the property's overall value or increases its useful life.
The FY16 Cultural Facilities Matching Grant Program Timeline
FY17 Cultural Facilities Matching Grant Program Timeline (tentative)
The Cultural Tourism Marketing Grant Program is designed to increase visibility of arts and cultural organizations in Leon County and therein positively impact tourism revenues. The organizations should develop, execute and evaluate effective marketing and promotional initiatives targeted towards attracting travel and tourism to Leon County for engagement in arts and cultural presentations and activities. Applicants must establish quantifiable objectives and conduct a program evaluation in order to assess the effectiveness of the program. International, national and regional marketing initiatives are eligible as are local initiatives that raise the overall awareness of Leon County as a destination.
Examples of eligible opportunities may include, but are not exclusive to: media placement and production (print, online, broadcast, and radio), printed materials, tradeshow registration fees and booth rentals, video/CD-ROM, DVD production, public relations/media communications, promotional items, and website development.
FY15 Marketing Extension Grant Program
Final Report Deadline November 2, 2016 - 5pm (deadline has been extended from original September 30, 2016 deadline).
FY17 Cultural Tourism Marketing Grant Program Timeline
Guidelines Released: July 19, 2016
Application Deadline: August 15, 2016
Grant Panelist Orientation: September 15, 2016
Grant Panel Review Meeting: September 30, 2016
Final Report Deadline: August 31, 2017
FY18 Cultural Tourism Marketing Grant Program Timeline (tentative)
Guidelines Released July 17, 2017
Application Deadline:September 1, 2017
Grant Panelist Orientation: September 15, 2016
Grant Panel Review Meeting: September 30. 2017
Final Report Deadline August 31, 2017
COCA Grant Funding Recognition Policy (updated 8-04-16)
Downloadable Logos for Funding Recognition
If you need any further assistance, or if you have further questions about COCA's funding recognition policy, please don't hesitiate to contact COCA's Grant Programs Manager, Kevin Carr, at 850-224-2500 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are many resources for grantwriters available online. COCA also provides workshops and personal consultations regarding the grantwriting process throughout the year.
First-time grantwriters are encouraged to
Grantwriting 101 (Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville)
Grantwriting 101 (Guidestar)
Grantwriing 102 (Guidestar)
Grantwriting Tips (Nevada Arts Council)
Grantwriting Tips (Fundraiser Help)
Tips for Online Grant Applications (Philanthropy News Digest)
In addition to COCA's grant funding opportunities, COCA also manages listings for other local, regional and national grant opportunities for arts and cultural organizations on our website, www.Tallahasseearts.org.
COCA constantly researches and finds great regional and national funding opportunities for individual artists and arts organizations. For more funding opportunities click below