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.
Applications Available: May 1, 2018 -- Available online at http://coca.tallahasseearts.org/services/grant-programs or at COCA offices.
Community Grant Workshop: May 4 (10am-12pm) – Special joint grant workshop featuring staff from COCA, Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs, CRA, Visit Tallahassee, Florida Division of Historical Resources, City of Tallahassee, and the Community Foundation of North Florida.
COCA Grantwriting Workshops: May 18, 25, and June 1 (12-1pm) -- COCA will host three lunchtime grant workshops for anyone needing assistance during the grant writing process. Sessions will focus on the narrative, budget and administrative requirements of the Cultural Grant application.
Courtesy Consultations: May 1, 2018 through June 29, 2018 -- Make an appointment to meet with COCA staff for individual assistance. Even if this is not your first time applying for a grant, we urge you to take advantage of these consultations.
Panelist Nomination Deadline: May 15, 2018 -- We need your help to recruit qualified and objective reviewers. Nominations are accepted year-round for future grant cycles.
Courtesy Review Deadline: Friday, June 29, 2018
Application Deadline: Friday, July 6, 2018 (5 PM). -- Late applications will not be accepted under any circumstances. If mailed, applications must be postmarked by 11:59 PM on 7/5/18.
Panelist Orientation: July 17, 2018
Panel Review Meeting: August 24, 2018, 9 AM – 2 PM -- Applicants are encouraged to send at least one representative who is familiar with your organization and its grant application. Grant awards should not be considered final until local government budgets are finalized.
Disbursement of Grant Funds: November 2018, February 2019 and May 2019 -- Distribution of grants will be made in three payments. February payments will not be disbursed until the organization’s interim grant report has been received and accepted by COCA. There will be no early distribution of funds.
Interim Reports Due: February 15, 2019, May 1, 2019*
Final Report Due: November 1, 2019*
*Reports must be physically received in COCA’s offices by 5:00 PM on the date indicated in order to avoid penalties on future applications. If you mail reports, we urge you to confirm receipt with COCA well in advance of the deadline.
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.
Release guidelines to public
March 19, 2018
Grant Application deadline
April 30, 2018
Panelists review applications
May 7 – June 8, 2018
Grant Panel Review Meeting
June 8, 2018
COCA Executive Committee review and approve grants
June 21, 2018
Leon County TDC review and approve grants
July 19. 2018
COCA Board of Directors review and approve grants
September 20, 2018
Leon County Board of County Commissioners review and approve grants
September 24, 2018
1st installment of grant funding released to grantees
Approximately October 1, 2018
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.
FY18 Cultural Tourism Marketing Grant Program Timeline
Guidelines Released July 19, 2017
Application Deadline:August 18, 2017, 5pm
Grant Panelist Orientation: August 22, 2017, 2pm
Grant Panel Review Meeting: October 6, 2017, 10-11:30am
Please Note: Due to Hurricane Irma, this date has changed from the originally scheduled Panel Review Meeting
Final Report Deadline August 31, 2018
FY18 Cultural Tourism Marketing Grant Program Panelists
Director of Communications and Marketing
Tallahassee Community College
Compass Marketing and Consulting
The Pod Advertising
COCA Grant Funding Recognition Policy (updated 8-04-16)
Downloadable Logos for Funding Recognition
CITY OF TALLAHASSEE LOGO
VISIT TALLAHASSEE/LEON COUNTY LOGO
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 email@example.com.
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)
Grantwriting 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