Cultural Program and Community Event Grants

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The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) administers approximately $300,000 in grants to non-profit organizations for cultural programs and community events. The city has traditionally supported the arts through grants for cultural programs, support services and facilities. PRCA, along with the Gainesville Cultural Affairs Board, has pledged its resources toward making the arts and culture accessible to all neighbors, including historically marginalized populations and those with special needs.

All agencies or individuals requesting funding for cultural activities and community events will be referred to PRCA for evaluation under the appropriate grant category before the Gainesville City Commission will consider their request.

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Outside Agency Grant (OA)

Purpose: To provide general support to cultural non-profit organizations in the City of Gainesville

Who Should Apply: Established non-profit cultural organizations with a registered 501 (c) (3), Tax Exempt

Application Deadline: May 1, 2024 at 5 p.m.

Additional Information: Please keep in mind that City Commission budget decisions for fiscal year 2025 will be driven by a reduction in revenue. That may affect availability of funding.

Step 1.Review the Guidelines

Guidelines(PDF, 4MB)

Step 2.Submit the Application 

Application(PDF, 284KB)

Please see Page 2 of grant application for information on how to submit your application

Step 3.Annual Report Template

Annual Report Template(PDF, 786KB)


Professional Arts Producing Institutions (PAPI)

Purpose: To provide annual support to a core group of cultural organizations in the City of Gainesville.

Who Should Apply: Institutions that can demonstrate, through documentation, they satisfy all requirements for recognition in this category.

Step 1.Review the Eligibility Requirements 

  • The agency must be a professional arts producing institution
  • The agency must be a registered 501 (c) (3) organization
  • The agency must have a proven track record of ten (10) years as a professional organization
  • The agency must have an annual operation budget of at least $100,000
  • The artists must be recognized as professionals in their field
  • Cultural organizations that are part of education, government or taxing authorities are not eligible for these funds

Step 2.Request an Application


Special Event Additional Support (SEAS)

Purpose: To provide support to non-profit agencies for outdoor community events through in-kind services from the City of Gainesville.

Who Should Apply: Established non-profit cultural organizations with a registered 501 (c) (3), Tax Exempt

Step 1.Review Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet(PDF, 302KB)