Looking for funding? COCA administers several different grant programs aimed to help local arts organizations.
COCA would like to thank the City Commission for their unanimous approval of a $300,000 investment in COCA’s Cultural Grant Program for FY23. These funds will be used for Community programs currently ineligible to receive TDT funds. We appreciate the City’s commitment to community arts programs and local arts and culture. COCA will open a second round of our Cultural Grant program to distribute these funds. We will keep you updated when the application opens. Please contact Hillary Crawford, Grants Manager, or Kathleen Spehar, Executive Director with any questions.
Interested in serving on a grant panel? Complete the Panelist Nomination Form
Questions? Contact COCA Grants Manager, Hillary Crawford at firstname.lastname@example.org
The mission of the COCA Cultural Grant (CG) Program is to serve and support the community of non-profit arts and cultural organizations within Tallahassee and Leon County through program funding which enhances the quality of life as well as the tourism and economic development of our community. An applicant’s programming must contribute to the tourism development of Leon County in accordance with Florida Statute 125.0104.
Additionally, an applicant’s programming must meet at least one of the following goals: offer arts, history or cultural programs with exemplary standards and objectives; provide educational opportunities in arts, culture, and/or history for young people or adults; serves a special or diverse population or need, fills a unique niche, or engages the community in the creative or artistic process.
• FY22 CG Interim Report Form due: April 30, 2022
• FY22 CG Final Report due: Oct. 31, 2022
*Please note – As part of the FY22 Final Report, grantees must attach the Program Documentation & Expenditure Log in one PDF.
The COCA Cultural Tourism Marketing Grant (CTMG) Program is designed to increase the visibility and awareness of Leon County’s arts and cultural organizations and their programming, to those outside of the County. Marketing initiatives should highlight our vibrant and diverse cultural community and seek to attract visitors.
For the purposes of this grant, organizations will need to specify marketing and promotional initiatives which use media outlets or strategies that are not primarily focused on the local Tallahassee/Leon County market. Use of these grant funds should raise the overall awareness of Leon County as a desirable place to visit.
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:
• Attend COCA grantwriting workshops
• Schedule a Courtesy Review appointment
• Review COCA’s guidelines carefully for tips and advice about the grant application requirements
• Contact COCA’s Grant Programs Manager, Hillary Crawford at Hillary@tallahasseearts.org
• Tips for Online Grant Applications (Philanthropy News Digest)
• Resources on Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement (National Endowment for the Arts)
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: