2022 Professional Artist Grant

PINELLAS COUNTY — Each year, Creative Pinellas recognizes up to 10 Pinellas County artists who have excelled in their artistic practice through our professional artist grant program. Each selected artist receives a $5,000 grant, and they’re encouraged to decide how to best use this award for their benefit and growth as an artist.

Through this grant program, Creative Pinellas wants to support and build meaningful relationships among outstanding creative artists in the county. They hope that this grant funding provides a strong foundation for nurturing the creative community and elevating Pinellas County as an arts and cultural destination.

Funding focus

The purpose of the professional artist grant is to support and build meaningful relationships among the outstanding creative artists in Pinellas County, to provide a strong foundation to nurture the creative community, and to elevate Pinellas County as an arts and cultural destination.

With this purpose in mind, Creative Pinellas provides up to 10 grants for artists who have excelled in their artistic practice. Grantees are encouraged to decide for themselves how to use the award for their benefit and growth as an artist.

Grants of $5,000 each are open to artists doing work in the following areas:

  • Dance (of all kinds)
  • Choreography
  • Interdisciplinary (a combination of more than one type of genre of art, often technology/digital arts are involved)
  • Literature including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction (does not include journalism)
  • Media arts such as film, photography, computer/digital arts, audio, interactive media, etc.
  • Musical performance
  • Music composition
  • Acting
  • Theater creation, including playwriting, directing, musical direction, stage design, stage lighting, etc.
  • Visual Arts including 2D and 3D visual arts of all kinds

Do I qualify for this grant?

Creative Pinellas considers the following things when determining eligibility for this grant.   To be eligible for the Professional Artist Grant Program, an applicant shall:

  1. Be a current resident of Pinellas County for at least one year before Dec. 1, 2021, and must agree to maintain their residency for the duration of the grant award period
  2. Be at least 18 years of age
  3. I am not currently enrolled in any high school, undergraduate, or graduate degree-seeking program with the same or similar focus to the artwork I create and WILL NOT be during any portion of the grant award period
  4. Submit a completed online application and all required support documents
  5. Not have received a Creative Pinellas Professional or Emerging Artist Grant within the last three years or twice in the past 10 years

An additional $5,000 Artist Laureate Grant may be presented to one of the grantees who Creative Pinellas recognizes as being a model partner and collaborator sharing their skills and expertise and supporting the organization’s mission over the grant period. Artists must indicate on their application that they would like to be considered for the Artist Laureate award.

For more details and a copy of the full grant guidelines, click here.

Interested artists can apply now through Feb. 14, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Edits to your application can happen after you have submitted the application through Feb. 14, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. 

Contact support@smapply.io for technical and online application support. For general questions, contact Creative Pinellas at grants@creativepinellas.org.

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