Tallahassee-Leon County

Cultural, Tourism, and
Event Grant Funding Resources

For festivals, events, and cultural programming taking place in Leon County and Tallahassee, there are many opportunities for grant funding assistance. The resources below highlight local organizations that annually allocate funding for grants programs for local groups and organizations.

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Step 1

Please review each organization below to determine which best fits your planned programming or event. All organizations have specific policies and criteria for each grant program they offer. The attached summary of all grant programs may also be helpful.

Program Guidelines Summary

Step 2

Complete a grant application for the event through the selected organization.

Visit Tallahassee

The Leon County Division of Tourism Development

(Visit Tallahassee)

Leon County Division of Tourism Development (Visit Tallahassee) allocates $515,000 annually for grant programs for local groups and organizations that coordinate festivals, events, sports competitions, and large-scale multi-day events that have a history of, or potential to, attract overnight visitors to the destination. There are three specific grant programs offered: Special Event Grants award up to $14,999 for events generating an estimated 100-1,499 room nights; Sports Event Grants award up to $14,999 for events generating an estimated 100-1,499 room nights; Signature Event Grants typically award grants from $15,000 to $60,000+ for events generating an estimated 1,500-5,000+ room nights for multi-day, large-scale, high-visibility events offering state, national and international exposure for Leon County.

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Council on Culture & Arts - Tallahassee County

Council on Culture & Arts

COCA administers grant programs on behalf of Leon County and the City of Tallahassee, allocating over $1 million annually to non-profit arts and cultural organizations that contribute to the quality of life and tourism attributes of Leon County. There are three specific grant programs offered: Cultural Grants award amounts vary depending on numerous factors to support year-round arts and cultural programming across all disciplines. Cultural Tourism Marketing Grants award up to $3,000 for programs to increase the visibility of arts and cultural organizations and help positively impact tourism; Cultural Facilities Grants offers grant awards between $5,000 - $100,000 for the structural renovation, acquisition, construction or equipment of cultural facilities.

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Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency

Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency

The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) has authorized $85,000 to help fund promotional and/or special events within the Greater Frenchtown/Southside Community Redevelopment Area ($50,000) and the Downtown District Community Redevelopment Area ($35,000). Grant amounts vary. The purpose of the program is to provide support to special events that promote the goals and objectives of the Greater Frenchtown/Southside Community Redevelopment Plan or the Downtown District Community Redevelopment Plan.

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Tallahassee City

City of Tallahassee

The Tallahassee City Commission established a Special Event Committee to make recommendations to the City Commission on which events should receive city co-sponsorship - in the form of in-kind services such as providing electric, solid waste, sound/audio, barricades, police, etc. - taking place at city-owned venues, such as Kleman Plaza and Cascades Park. Event co-sponsorships are reviewed and awarded in 2-year cycles with the next application cycle expected to open early 2018.

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