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Cultural Council launching pilot program grant for Duval County arts/cultural organizations
The Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville is launching a new initiative under the Cultural Service Grant Program (CSGP).  Applications are now being sought from eligible Duval County arts and cultural organizations for arts and cultural programs/projects.  Preference will be given to those that provide outreach to underserved communities and/or utilize Duval County artists and cultural providers.  (Underserved communities refer to residents who lack access to arts and culture due to geography, economic condition, ethnic background, or disability.) The deadline to submit program grant applications is Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020.  Applications must be submitted online.  To access the grant application, visit the Cultural Council’s website (click here)
“The Cultural Council especially encourages small and emerging arts and cultural nonprofits to apply for these funds,” said Jannet Walker Ford, chair of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville Board of Directors.  “We are excited to be able to offer a new grant opportunity that extends the reach of these important public dollars.”
“We are thankful to Mayor Curry and City Council for making possible more arts and culture in communities across Duval County,” said Joy Young, executive director of the Cultural Council. 
In its pilot year, the Cultural Service PROGRAM Grant will award 10, $2,500 program or project-based awards.  Grantees must provide a 1:1 cash match for their awards.  The program/project must take place in Duval County, benefit Duval County residents, and fall between May 1 and Sept. 30, 2020. 

The Cultural Council will offer three, in-person, drop-in help sessions to applicants:
  • 9 a.m-11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020
  • 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 13, 2020
  • 4-6 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020
The sessions will be held at the Cultural Council offices, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 W. Water St., Suite 201, Jacksonville, FL 32202.
Only organizations that were not awarded 2019-2020 Cultural Service (operating) Grants may apply for the 2019-2020 Cultural Service PROGRAM Grant.  Twenty-six organizations have already been awarded operating grants through the Cultural Service Grant Program for 2019-2020.  Only one application per organization is allowed.

About the Cultural Service Grant Program
The mission and purpose of the Cultural Service Grant Program (CSGP) is to provide public support to arts and cultural organizations that contribute to the quality of life of Jacksonville’s residents.  Governed by Chapter 118, Part 6, of the ordinance code for the city of Jacksonville, CSGP is publically funded by the city and administered by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville.