Opportunity Grants

Each “State of the Arts” license plate purchased in Sarasota County funds Opportunity grants.  As the designated local arts agency, the Alliance is responsible for establishing the program, managing the application and evaluation process and ensuring funds are used to support arts and culture according to established guidelines.

Non-profit organizations in Sarasota County that do not qualify for or did not receive a Tourist Development Cultural/Arts Grant may apply. Eligible projects must demonstrate artistic merit, community involvement and administrative competence.

2022 – 2023 Timeline 

Grant Information Sessions: REGISTER HERE

South County – July 27, 2022 at 10:00 AM (Gulf Coast Community Foundation, 601 S Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34285, Main Conference Room)

North County – July 28, 2022 at 10:00 AM (Center for Arts & Humanity, 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236, First Floor Conference Room) 

Grant application Open: Friday, July 29, 2022

Grant application Deadline: Friday, Sept. 9, 2022 at 5:00 PM

Applicants notified: Friday, September 30, 2022

Award Celebration: October 2022

More Information 

2022/2023 Opportunity Grant Application

Opportunity Grant Guidelines

Opportunity Grant Budget

Opportunity Grant Final Report