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Art of Community


The arts can be a strong catalyst to improve the health and vitality of our community as we evolve. More people and institutions need to create arts projects throughout Broward that celebrate what is special about here where we live. By doing so, the arts will engage our diverse residents and attract visitors to enjoy unique arts experiences. Ultimately, Broward will be known for its arts just as many other places across the US.


The arts thrive in Broward in ways that ignite creativity, invoke community pride, and create a sense of place that connects people to where they live and to each other.


The arts not only provide an outlet to bring out the creativity that exists in our community, but they also bring value to us as individuals, communities, and within workplaces.


We will support projects that have a high level of artistic excellence and that effectively leverage and celebrate Broward's unique assets and leave a lasting imprint on our community.


Application Start: Closed
Application Deadline: Closed
Grants Awarded: TBD
Grant Range: Up to $100,000

Applications only accepted through PhilNet. 
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Ignite Artistic Creativity

We want to ignite artistic creativity in every district, in every city, and within every community throughout Broward. This means artists, organizations, and community members use highly creative art forms to honor and celebrate what is uniquely authentic to Broward and/or a particular community. Authentic assets in Broward range from our cultural diversity to our iconic beaches. Each city and neighborhood has its own unique assets that we want you to bring to life and celebrate using the arts in deeply immersive and creative ways. We are looking for fresh, out-of-the box ideas that push art forms to a new level (not the same-old-same). You can present an old art form in a new way, present a new concept, or combine art forms in new ways.

Invoke Community Pride and Create a Sense of Place

Knowing that the arts invoke community pride and create a sense of place, we want people to interact with and enjoy the arts in new and different ways. Projects need to use to the arts that enable people to have an experience that makes them feel proud to be part of this community. Your arts project needs to reflect the people and the community in which the arts will exist and cause people to develop a personal appreciation and respect for the value and the energy that the arts bring to their community. The arts must create a sense of place that connects people to where they live and to others in their community. If the arts enrich or enhance the quality of life in their community, then everyone will develop a greater sense pride and feel like they belong. The result is that people will be attracted to live and visit the community for years to come.

Simple Project Requirements

The organization must demonstrate that their project has acquired a 1:1 cash match when completing the budget bundle:

  • 50% of the match must be secured by the start of the project

  • The second 50% of the match must be secured by the project mid-point.

  • A limited in-kind match may be considered that compliments the cash match.

Projects should be designed to be fully executed in approximately 12-18 months from grant award.

Engage professional local and/or national artists to ensure the project renders the highest level of artistic rigor and quality.

Incorporate creative approaches in the art form of choice that enable diverse audiences to view, engage and interact with art in unique and interesting ways.

Art forms can be any of the following: paintings/illustrations, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, folk arts, performance arts, literature, architecture, culinary, public media, crafts, and art & technology collaborations, painting, sculpture and folk arts.

Demonstrate authenticity to our community. Projects capitalize on the unique assets of our region or the chosen community in which your arts project happens. People will recognize or know it is a Broward “owned” project, like Miami’s Wynwood.

Fills a gap, expands a current offering, uncovers new artists, exposes the arts, and arts ideas that “but for” this opportunity would not come to fruition.

Have capable leadership and partnerships to get the project done and achieve project outcomes.

We welcome arts projects that replicate or expand a successful national model in Broward.

Examples of projects that would not be considered:

  1. Fund-raising events, celebration functions, private events not open to the public

  2. Existing arts projects that do not demonstrate significant project expansion

  3. Arts projects that exclusively engage youth, school based, and/or part of an afterschool program


  • Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status to provide services to Broward County

  • City or county agencies with projects that demonstrate charitable intent in Broward County

  • Individuals are not eligible to apply

  • Previous or current grantee organizations must be in good standing with the Foundation and have submitted all required reports and documentation for all prior grants per the grant agreement.


The Foundation will not provide support to organizations which, in their constitution or practice, discriminate against a person or group on the basis of: age, political affiliation, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religious belief, ethnicity, or national origin.



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