The Cultural Division’s General Operating Support grant category supports Broward-based arts and culture organizations in the production and presentation of ongoing, sustainable, high-quality artistic activities that engage the diversity of Broward County/South Florida residents and visitors.
The general operating support grant program is the Division’s primary vehicle for supporting and strengthening the organizational capacity of our grantees by providing multi-year, unrestricted operating support. Organizations receiving general operating support grants may not also apply in the Program Support category.
In general, organizations must have a three-year funding history with the Cultural Division and a budget size greater than $125,000. For the full list of eligibility requirements, please refer to the Grants Manual.
Project Implementation Period: October 1, 2021 - September 30, 2023
A funding formula is used to determine a qualifying amount for organizations in the general operating support grant category. This formula is based on an organization’s average annual operating expense (AOE) which is determined by averaging an organization’s total functional expenses from their last three IRS Form 990s. Applicants can estimate the maximum potential award their organization may receive by using the Funding Formula Calculator below.
Ultimately, the award an organization may receive is a result of the qualifying amount and the combined average score an application receives as a result of the panel review process.
Grant Restrictions – We Do Not Fund
Education institutions including schools, childcare centers, colleges, and universities are ineligible to apply for general operating support grants. Organizations that are closely affiliated with such institutions should contact the Cultural Division prior to submitting an application and may be asked to provide additional information.
Application Submission Schedules
General Operating Support grants are multi-year grants and the process is run on an alternating year basis. While these grants are two-year grants, each year’s budget is subject to approval by the Board of County Commissioners.
General Operating Support Program Schedule FY22
Application Workshop: December 16, 2020 at 10:30am and 5:30pm
Application Workshop: January 6, 2021 at TBD
Eligibility Deadline: January 8, 2021
Application Deadline: February 26, 2021
GOS I Panel Review: March 31, 2021
GOS II Panel Review: April 7, 2021
GOS III Panel Review: April 14, 2021
BCC Approval: May & June 2021