Sarasota County Arts Council

Click here to view the complete list of requirements and the TDC/A Guidelines for FY15.

Click here to view the Scoring Guidelines.

Ever wonder where those tourist tax dollars go?

Some of the revenues directly fund Sarasota County arts and cultural organizations to offer high quality programming that continues to attract tourists to our area. The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County (formerly Sarasota County Arts Council) administers a little more than one million dollars each year in Tourist Development Cultural/Arts (TDC/A) grants.

Grants are available to organizations with recognized ability to produce, present and promote cultural and arts activities that appeal to tourists.

Highlights from the Guidelines require that organizations:

* have a completed one full year of arts/cultural programming as a Florida registered non-profit prior to application deadline,
* make the project accessible to the public and to disabled persons,
* demonstrate that the project has artistic/cultural purpose,
* demonstrate that the project is designed to attract tourists,
* be exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code,
* and match the dollar amount requested on a dollar-for-dollar basis, showing revenue specifically contributed for the program (25% of match may be in-kind for smaller organizations).

Click here to view the complete list of requirements and the TDC/A Guidelines for FY15. 

New applicants are encouraged to contact Fern Tavalin ( with questions about the program qualifications and requirements.

Click here to view a list of 2013-2014 Grant Recipients.

The Arts Council - Sarasota's Source for the Arts