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ACE Application Process

Application Process – Full Operating Grant

Timeline – Full Operating Grants

Funding Period: October 1 – September 30

Current Important Dates
  • Monday, June 6, 2022  – General Operating Grant Opens
  • Tuesday, July 5, 2022 – (5:00 p.m. CT) General Operating Grant Eligibility Checklist (LOI) Due
  • Monday, August 1, 2022 – (5:00 p.m. CT) General Operating Grant Due
  • Monday, August 22, 2022 – (5:30 p.m. CT) Grant Panel Review and Scoring. Location TBD
  • Tuesday, September 13, 2022 – (12:00 Noon CT) ACE Board Grant Funding Approval Vote
  • Friday, October 14, 2022 – (5:00 p.m. CT) Final Reports Due (See 2022 Revised Grant Application for Required Documents)

Learn More – ACE Full Operating Grant

Learn More: ACE Full Operating Grant

Application Process – Mini-Grant Program

Timeline – Mini-Grant Program

Funding Period: TBD, Please Check Back Later for (2022) Updates (Updated 10-7-21)

Current Important Dates
  • (TBD) Please Check Back Later for Future (2022)  Important Dates (Updated 10-7-21)

Learn More – ACE Mini-Grant Program

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

Office Location/Delivery/Mailing Address
Art, Culture, and Entertainment, Inc.
6120 Enterprise Drive
Pensacola, FL 32505
Mary Henriques
Board President
(850) 572-1567

Mary Henriques
Grant Chair

Lisa Ihns
Grant Co-Chair


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 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 or 850.572.1567.

Requirements of Grantees

Click here to download and save the latest Requirements of Grantees PDF (updated: June 2021)