A key element of MCA’s mission is supporting local arts organizations with direct funding. Cultural grants are an important means to promote excellence in the creative sector and the cornerstone of MCA’s fund raising efforts.
The Cultural Endowment Fund was established in 2001 and was initially funded with proceeds from our community’s first ever public art initiative – Horse Fever. To date, $385,000 has been awarded to more than 35 different nonprofit art organizations. These dollars have supported more than 125 art initiatives including programming, equipment, and initiatives; and has impacted more than 312,000 individuals including seniors, veterans, persons with disabilities, students, and artists.
Each spring, MCA announces the release of the Cultural Grant Criteria and Application to the nonprofit arts community. Ocala/Marion County arts nonprofit organizations are awarded grants to enhance, expand, or support their artistic or cultural endeavors.
Cultural Grants are available for all artistic disciplines, including: music, theater, dance, visual arts, cinema, literary arts, folk arts, and photography. Historical and scientific museums may also apply.
A committee of community volunteers, chaired by an MCA Board member, evaluates and scores each grant utilizing the criteria provided by the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs. Following the evaluation and scoring process, the committee’s recommendations are reviewed by MCA & the Executive Committee, and presented to the Board for final review and approval.
Each art organization approved by the MCA board for funding, will be notified following the August meeting of the Board. Projects may start on September 1 and must conclude by August 31, 2022. The grants are formally awarded with a check presentation at Applaud the Arts, MCA’s annual showcase and celebration of the arts. This year’s event is scheduled for October 10, 2021 at the Ocala Civic Theatre.
To apply, organizations must submit the required contents, electronically, by 5 pm on Friday, July 16, 2021. A final report is due no later than sixty (60) days after grant activity is completed but no later than July 15, 2022.