Tourist Development Cultural/Arts Program

TDC/A Program Information

Last year, more than $1.6 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 22 Guidelines for details.

Please direct all TDC/A questions to Fern Tavalin,

Application opens: TBA

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

Extended Orientation Notes
Quick Review Notes
FY22 Guidelines
Scoring Guide
Signature Authorization Attestation Form

Application opens: TBA

Please direct all TDC/A questions to Fern Tavalin,