$450K in grants awarded to 23 arts, culture, heritage organizations


The St. Johns Cultural Council has announced that 23 organizations will share $450,000 in St. Johns County Tourist Development Council Arts, Culture and Heritage Grants during the 2022 fiscal year.

This year’s grant program was expanded to provide more significant support for cultural organizations based in, and presenting year-round programming in, St. Johns County, in addition to annual special events designed to attract visitors to the county.

The 2022 grant recipients are: ACCORD Freedom Trail and Civil Rights Museum, AS IF! the 90's Fest, Backyard Concert Series at Nocatee, EMMA Concert Series, First Coast Opera, Fort Mose, Lightner Museum, Limelight Theatre, Lincolnville Museum, Music and Art by the Sea, National Scenic Byway Conference, Ponte Vedra Auto Show, Regatta of Lights, Romanza Festivale, Saint Augustine Film Festival, Saint Augustine Music Festival, St Augustine Songwriters Festival, St. Augustine Art Association, St. Augustine Ballet, St. Augustine Fashion Week, St. Augustine Food + Wine Festival, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum and Unidos en la Musica: A Latin American Festival.

An independent panel reviews and scores grant applications using criteria established by the

St. Johns County Tourist Development Council and approved by the Board of County Commissioners.  Grant recommendations are made based on each application’s average score.

Applications are submitted during the spring of each year, with review and recommendations made during the summer. The grant guidelines for 2023 will be available in March. Those for 2022 and may be found at StJohnsCulture.com. 

The St. Johns County Tourist Development Council Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant program is administered by the St. Johns Cultural Council pursuant to a contract with the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners and is funded entirely by tourist development taxes on overnight lodging.

For further information about the Cultural Council, go to StJohnsCulture.com. For information about arts, culture and heritage events and programming in St. Johns County, go to HistoricCoastCulture.com.