Pinellas Recovers – 2022 Arts and Cultural Organization Grant

Congratulations to our Pinellas Recovers Arts & Cultural Organization grant recipients!

20 organizations were carefully reviewed and selected by a panel made up of arts organization leaders and grant makers for operating grants ranging from $2,500 to $50,000 for the recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. These funds are intended to help support jobs in the arts community and help in the rebuilding and restoring of staff and programs to provide more high-quality arts experiences for our residents and visitors.


Arts & Cultural Organization Grant Recipients:

Cultured Books Literacy Foundation
Amount: $2,500
Cultured Books Literacy Foundation/St. Pete Reads exists to inspire the youth of South St. Pete to engage with literacy through responsive literacy experiences. They will contract with (12) twelve Tampa Bay BIPOC artists to design and deliver literacy-based workshops during their monthly events.

Dunedin Film Festival, Inc.
Amount: $2,500
Dunedin International Film Festival organizes cinematic experiences and live entertainment to develop the Dunedin film community.  Grant funds will be spent locally on live performances, local technical services, rentals, and location fees.

Ballet Academy St. Petersburg
Amount: $5,000
Ballet Academy of St Petersburg offers instruction in a variety of dance techniques. They will expand their teaching staff as students return after dropping out because of Covid.

Amount: $5,000
EMIT supports adventurous music and educational activities in Pinellas County; produces the annual St. Petersburg Jazz Festival and EMIT Latin Jazz Festival and runs the Recording Arts Program with Boys Boys & Girls Club in Midtown St Petersburg. Their grant will fund Tampa Bay artists and venue rentals for the Latin Jazz Fest in 2022.

Gulf Coast Artists Alliance, Inc.
Amount: $5,000
The Gulf Coast Arts Alliance is a resource to artists including a co-op gallery, artist studios, exhibition programs and classes to the public. With grant funds they will restore part time contract workers and pay part time staff.

St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society
Amount: $5,000
St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society (SPIFFS) works to preserve and promote awareness and appreciation of ethnic cultures, both popular & traditional.  Their grant will support folk music and other entertainment at the SPIFFS Annual Folk Fair  – a showcase of the many cultures and ethnic groups in Pinellas County.

Academy of Ballet Arts, Inc.
Amount: $10,000
The goal of the Academy of Ballet Arts Inc. is to develop the potential of each student from beginner to pre-professional. It brings performances into the community. Its grant will allow it to fund a digital and print marketing effort to rebuild its student base which is down due to the Covid years.

The Beach Art Center
Amount: $10,000
At the Beach Arts Center the Pinellas Recovers Grant will be used to move a part time, contract staff member to full time work, enabling them to expand marketing and services.

Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum
Amount: $10,000
The Woodson African American Museum of Florida preserves, presents, interpret, and commemorates the contributions of African Americans.  With grant funding they will enhance marketing and improve their security system making the museum eligible to receive touring exhibitions that will help rebuild their audience to pre-Covid levels and beyond.

Keep St. Pete Lit
Amount: $10,000
Keep St. Pete Lit celebrates and promotes greater St. Petersburg’s literary community.  They will  pay artists and staff to implement the LitSpace Youth Programs, which include tutoring, creative writing classes, and the WORD! Book Boxes of free culturally diverse children’s books.

St Petersburg City Theatre
Amount: $10,000
St. Petersburg City Theatre presents community- produced theatre and a theatre education program for youth and adults.  The grant will help them rebuild their audience, volunteer team and donor base through expanded marketing and communications.

Tampa Bay Symphony, Inc.
Amount: $10,000
The Tampa Bay Symphony, a community orchestra, will be able to return to performing concerts in Clearwater using grant funds to rent a venue, preferably Ruth Eckerd Hall.

Morean Arts Center (Arts Center Association, Inc.)
Amount: $20,000
The Morean Arts Center, which connects people with art through innovative, community-oriented art and art education, will use its grant to support its adult and youth education programs that serve diverse audiences. Funds will pay art teachers, artists, and education staff.

Arts Conservatory for Teens
Amount: $20,000
Arts Conservatory for Teens (ACT), which is dedicated to improving the lives of teens through arts education, will present two performances for middle and high school youth, as well as the community at-large using its grant to pay artists and technical personnel.

DMG School Project
Amount: $20,000
DMG Glass, the nonprofit educational arm of DMG Glass Studio, will restart its programs both at its hot shop in south St Petersburg and with its mobile glass units that travel to schools and community sites by using its funds to pay staff.

The Studio@620
Amount: $20,000
The Studio@620’s Mission is to be a YES in our community, support artists of all disciplines through innovative programing; foster an open dialogue about social issues through the arts and enable new experiences as a way to build understanding and bring people together. Grant funds will be used to present visual, literary, and performing arts programming to the community, replace worn out facility seating, fund marketing efforts and rebuild Studio staffing to prior levels.

Amount: $20,000
Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (TIGLFF) presents film and video by, for or about the LGBTQ+ community.  Funding will help the festival rebound from cancelled in-person festivals during Covid and present the 33rd Tampa Bay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival October 7-16, 2022 with screenings at the Greenlight Cinema, AMC Sundial and Tampa Theater.

Creative Clay
Amount: $50,000
Creative Clay’s helps people with disabilities achieve full and inclusive lives by providing expressive, educational, and vocational experiences in the arts.  It will use its funds to cover its rent, freeing up funds to mitigate its costs of providing Covid related safety precautions and the loss of funding as attendance by its at-risk clients was reduced during the pandemic.

freeFall Theatre
Amount: $50,000
freeFall Theatre pursues the transformative power of theatre – as a builder of community, a source of upliftment, and a builder of cultural legacy. It will use its grant to upgrade its staffing to be able to resume full mainstage programming, despite continuing to experience lower ticket revenue due to patrons’ continued reluctance to return to normal activities.

St. Petersburg Arts Alliance
Amount: $50,000
The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance (SPAA) is an umbrella St. Petersburg organization that works to drive arts-related economic development and funding, advocate for art and artists, educate at all levels and facilitate the growth of our City of the Arts. The grant will support its efforts to provide arts education programs for underserved youth, and coordinate advocacy efforts for artistic programming throughout Pinellas County schools.


Creative Pinellas will competitively award Recovery funds to eligible arts and cultural non-profit organizations in Pinellas County.  These funds are intended to help support jobs in the arts sector, keep the doors open to arts organizations, and assist in the sector’s response to and recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Applicant must be a 501(c)3 non-profit organization or federally-recognized Indian tribal governments in Pinellas County with at least a 3-year history of arts programming prior to the application deadline.

Organizational Grants will be awarded to reach communities that have had difficulty benefiting from the arts due to race, ethnicity, economics, geography or disability.

Application deadline for Arts and Cultural Organization Grant is March 14, 2022 at 11:59 PM. 

Organizations can apply to:

  • Support salaries of rehires or new hires
  • To pay fees/stipends to artists and other contracted personnel for specific operations or performances
  • Facilities or venue expenses (not capital expenses)
  • Marketing and promotion to bring audiences back
  • Health and safety equipment
  • Community outreach activities and engagement (direct benefit to participating communities)

As part of the grant award, Creative Pinellas will provide mentorship to strengthen organizational viability and for future grant readiness.  (As needed.)

APPLICATION DETAILS: This is a one-time grant.  No match is required.

  • Guidelines and application open:  February 1, 2022
  • Application deadline:  March 14, 2022 at 11:59PM
  • Grant Period:   April 25, 2022 – April 10, 2023


PROJECT GRANT AMOUNTS: Choose 1 funding category:

Grant requests cannot exceed 10% of the organization’s operating budget in either 2019, 2020 or 2021, whichever is greater.   Operating budget for the selected year will be required to be uploaded in the application form.

  • $50,000 (3)
  • $20,000 (5)
  • $10,000 (6)
  • $5,000 (5)
  • $2,500 (6)

Funding priorities:

  1. Economic recovery for the organization and clearly demonstrated need
  2. Performing arts organizations and presentation venues
  3. Younger organizations with a demonstrated history of community service and/or support
  4. Organizations with a commitment to serving diverse communities or historically marginalized communities
  5. Small and economically vulnerable organizations with total revenues of $500,000 or less
  6. Sustainable impact either to the organization or the community/audiences the organizations serve

Please Note:

  • All applicants must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI), (from the System for Award Management SAM at at the time of application. This may take several weeks and applicants are encouraged to begin the process immediately.
  • For details on getting a UEI and registering with SAM go to
  • The SAM registration must be current at the time a grant is made and throughout the life of the award. See Changes Coming for Federal Organizational Applicants and Awardees for important information.  Registration with and SAM is always free.
  • Fiscal sponsorships and fiscal agents are not eligible
  • If you are interested in an Individual Artist grant, apply to the 2022 Recovery Grants to Individuals
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This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit


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