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ACE Eligibility Checklist

Eligibility Criteria & Process

Entrance into the General Operating Support Grants Program is a two-step process and is open to any arts, cultural, and entertainment 501(c)(3) organization in the Escambia County area.

ACE defines an arts, cultural, and entertainment organization as one whose primary focus is the production, presentation, instruction, and/or direct support of performing, visual, literary, or media arts, heritage, and entertainment for the enrichment of the residents and visitors within the county support area.

First, an organization must be determined eligible under the published criteria and approved on a case-by-case basis by the Art, Culture, and Entertainment, Inc. Board of Directors.

Second, the organization will apply for funding through the process described in the following guidelines. The eligibility criteria for entry into the General Operating Support Grants Program, as approved by the Art, Culture, and Entertainment, Inc. Board of Directors, are available upon request.

NOTE: An organization is limited to one General Operating Support Grant application per grant year. Friend organizations, e.g., Guilds, etc., are eligible to apply only in lieu of the parent organization. We encourage you to apply the eligibility standards to your organization if you are interested in General Operating Support-level funding.

We welcome any questions you may have about this process. You can reach Debbie Douma at (850) 484-1705 or via email at

This form is available May 30, 2024 to July 1, 2024 until 5:00 p.m. CT for submissions. If you have not registered, you must first register and then login to access any application on this site. To register click here. To login, click here.