Tourist Development Cultural/Arts Program

For the safety of our committee and organizations, the interviews for the
TDC/A Grants have been moved online.
Monday, April 13th, 9am-1pm
Tuesday, April 14th, 9am – noon

TDC/A Program Information

Last year, more than 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. 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 the program guidelines.

  • Offer exciting arts/cultural programming
  • Attract tourists to Sarasota County
  • 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 tourist

View the TDC/A FY 21 Guidelines for details.

Please direct all TDC/A questions to Fern Tavalin,

To view last year’s proposals:
Username: grantapp
Password: tdca

Keep in mind that these are examples of the original applications only. When
the application narrative was unclear, additional questions
were 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 “barely recommended” for funding.

Orientation Materials

Please direct all TDC/A questions to Fern Tavalin,

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!