ACE Application Process
Application Process – Full Operating Grant
Timeline – Full Operating Grants
Funding Period October 1, through September 30
Current Important Dates
- June 7, 2021 – ACE General Operating Grant Period Opens
- July 5, 2021 – ACE General Operating Grant Eligibility Checklist (LOI) Due (5 p.m. CDT)
- Aug. 2, 2021 – ACE General Operating Grant Due (5 p.m. CDT)
- Aug. 23, 2021 – ACE General Operating Grant Panel Review (5:30 p.m., Cowork Annex Conf Room — 13 S. Palafox St., Pensacola, Fla. 32502)
- Sept. 14, 2021 – ACE Board Approval of Grant Recipients
- Sept. 30, 2021 – Annual Report Due from Grantees
- Oct. 4, 2021 – ACE Fiscal Year (2021-2022) & Funding Period Begins
Learn More – ACE Full Operating Grant
Application Process – Mini-Grant Program
Timeline – Mini-Grant Program
Funding Period March 15, through April 15
Current Important Dates
- February 1, 2021 – Mini-Grant Applications Open
- February 15, 2021 – Mini-Grant Application Deadline
- March 1, 2021 – Mini-Grant Review Panel – 5 pm (via zoom)
Learn More – ACE Mini-Grant Program
**Grant Review Panel Note for BOTH Grant Programs** The location of the grant review panel will be confirmed and updated on the website. Attendance at the grant review panel meeting by a representative of each applicant organization will be required, however, alternative options for remote appearance will be made available in light of COVID concerns. The specifics for remote appearance will be updated on the website, and will also be sent to the email(s) provided at the end of your organization’s grant application. Please include multiple emails if you would like subsequent notifications from ACE sent to multiple parties within your organization.
ACE Contact Information
If you are unable to access any material or experience any difficulties with accessing the guidelines, forms, or application via email or US Mail, we encourage you to contact Grant Chairperson Mary Henriques at email@example.com or 850.572.1567 so we can address your concerns.
The purpose of Art, Culture, and Entertainment, Inc. is to receive Federal, State of Florida, Escambia County, City of Pensacola, corporate, foundation, and personal funds to disperse through an equitable granting process to arts, culture, and entertainment organizations throughout Escambia County, Florida that have been in existence for at least 24 months and that are IRC Section 501(c)(3) organizations.
The General Operating Support Grant program is for the areas of art, culture, and entertainment organizations to receive stabilizing operating support. These grants provide a source of funding that promotes the viability and vitality of our cultural community.
Recipients of these grants participate in an annual evaluation process with ACE’s Standards & Allocations Committee. This comprehensive review provides accountability and recommendations for strengthening organizations. Three major areas of each organization are assessed: community involvement, governance and leadership, and financial planning and management.
The dual goals of ACE’s General Operating Support Grants Program are to provide a stable source of unrestricted operating support to the area’s major arts, cultural, and entertainment organizations AND to assure donors that ACE holds grantees accountable to high managerial and fiscal standards in order to provide a diverse array of high quality cultural and entertaining experiences for citizens of Escambia County Florida.
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 art, 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 Grant Chairperson Mary Henriques at firstname.lastname@example.org or 850.572.1567.