Tourist Development Cultural/Arts Program

Last year, almost two million dollars of tourist tax collections from hotels and short term rentals (less than six months) supported the arts and cultural organizations of Sarasota Country to offer exciting programming to attract tourists. The Arts and Cultural Alliance manages the TDC/A grant making cycles each year to ensure that the process is fair, transparent and meets the goals and requirements of program guidelines.


  • Attract tourists to Sarasota County
  • Offer arts/cultural programming that appeals to tourists
  • Maintain Sarasota’s place as a cultural center

Guidelines and Eligibility

Basic qualifications to apply include:

  • 501 (c) 3 and operating as a non-profit for at least one year
  • One-to-one dollar match (25% in-kind)
  • Activities must occur in Sarasota County
  • Programming must have an artistic/cultural purpose that appeals to tourists

These are highlights. Details are found in the TDC/A guidelines.


View last year’s proposals HERE.
Username: grantapp
Password: tdca

Keep in mind that these are examples of the original applications only. When an application narrative is unclear or incomplete, additional questions are asked in writing and during personal interviews. This link is provided to serve as an illustration of previously submitted applications and represents a range of scores from “very high” to “not recommended” for funding.

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