Arts, culture and heritage grant applications to be accepted

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The St. Johns Cultural Council has announced opportunities for funding local organizations that present arts, culture and heritage programming.

The Cultural Council administers St. Johns County’s Tourist Development Council Arts, Culture and Heritage Grants with more than $400,000 available to local organizations this year.

The application portal will open on Friday, April 15, and close at 5 p.m. May 31, for program funding dates to run Oct. 1 until Sept. 30.

According to Christina Parrish Stone, St. Johns Cultural Council’s executive director, this year’s guidelines were modified slightly. A letter of intent to apply is no longer required, and some minor changes to reporting requirements and eligibility for special events were approved by the Board of County Commissioners.

All applicants, whether repeat or first-time candidates, must attend a grant workshop before submitting an application. This year’s workshops will be held at The Waterworks, 184 San Marco Ave., St. Augustine, and are scheduled for Tuesday, April 19; Wednesday, April 20; and Monday, April 25.

Parrish Stone added that a grant panel will meet in July to make funding recommendations. There are several openings for volunteer panelists, and local arts advocates are encouraged to apply. Responsibilities will include reviews and scoring of grant applications to provide applicant funding, among others.

For general information, grant application details, deadlines, mandatory workshop dates and panel interest, go to tinyurl.com/p4pu2hm7 and stjohnsculture.com/grants-awards/tdc-grants or email grants@historiccoastculture.com.

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