Grant Guidelines for Individual Artists


The maximum funding for each arts and culture grant is $10,000 for Operating Grants for organizations, $5,000 for Project & Program Grants for organization and $2,500 for individual artists. 

The City would like to see granted funds matched by the grant recipients with funds from earned income, foundations, individual and corporate contributions, government agencies and other organizations. These matching funds can include in-kind goods and services as well as volunteer and professional time, as part of the cash match.  


Through grant making and other activities and services, the City of Fort Myers strives to: 

  • Develop stable, well-managed arts & culture organizations and institutions, through fair distribution of funds 
  • Encourage artistic quality and program innovation, including "seed money" for organizations and projects
  • Develop new audiences and challenge existing audiences
  • Promote lifelong arts and cultural education
  • Promote multicultural inclusion in all aspects of the City’s cultural life 
  • Stimulate increased private support for the arts & culture 
  • Promote economic development and tourism in the City of Fort Myers 
  • Promote and encourage art and culture in all communities and neighborhoods of the City 
  • Create a nurturing environment in which artists can flourish



  1. Artist must live or work within corporate limits of the City of Fort Myers or create/perform work that will make a meaningful contribution to the arts and culture of the City of Fort Myers. 
  2. Artist must produce interpretive and creative work in artistic disciplines, such as: dance, literature, music, theater, visual arts, performance art, including choreographers, composers, playwrights, poets, writers, and video artists. 
  3. Be actively engaged in the pursuit of creating and producing works of art.
  4. If the artist has received a City of Fort Myers Arts & Culture Grant at any time in the past then a Post Grant Final Report must have been submitted for that Grant. *Grant recipients who have not completed a Post Grant Final Report for any grant received are not eligible to apply for funding at any time in the future. 


  1. Only one (1) application per artist per grant period. 
  2. Individual Artist Grants can be awarded two years in a row. Artists who received two sequential grants must take a year off before applying again. For example, a grant award recipient for years 2019 and 2020 may not apply again until 2022. Timely submission of Post Grant Final Report Form for all previous grants is an eligibility requirement.
  3. The following programs and activities are not eligible for grant funding:
    - Group exhibits or productions that involve presentations of works created independently by multiple artists
    - Permanent works of public art
    - Student artists whose works will be used toward degree
    - Projects and activities primarily promotional, research-oriented, recreational or therapeutic
  4. Individual Artist Grants do not include funding for individual art pieces whether or not they are intended for public display.
  5. If the proposed project or activity is a new direction for the applicant, such as work in a new medium or an allied artistic.


Your description should include: 

  • Overall goal(s) as an artist
  • Objectives or ways in which you will meet the goal(s)
  • Specific activities for which you are seeking funding
  • Who will carry out those activities 
  • Time-frame in which the activities will take place 
  • How your work as an artist will benefit the community of the City of Fort Myers
  • What impact do you expect to have and your long-term strategies (if applicable) for sustaining this effort



Although the review process varies according to grant category, the process always involves a qualitative evaluation of some kind. 

Application materials will be distributed to the Arts and Culture Grants Review Committee, an external committee composed of artists, arts & culture administrators, and community arts & culture representatives for individual review and ratings according to review criteria stated below. 

Review Committee meetings are scheduled for discussion and ratings are averaged to reach each applicant’s overall rating. 

After the Arts and Culture Grants Review Committee has rated the applicants, the panel makes funding recommendations which are forwarded to Public Works Administration’s staff. Public Works Administrations staff prepares a City Council Item for presentation to the Mayor and City Council for approval. Awards will be announced in May and checks will be sent within 3 weeks of receipt of a signed agreement from the Artist or Organization. 


Applications are evaluated based on: 

  1. Artists of exceptional talent and demonstrated ability to improve their creative skills and enhance their careers. 
  2. Proposals that meet the City of Fort Myers Art & Culture Grant Goals. 
  3. Evidence of the applicant’s ability to carry out the proposed activity including not only information provided in the application and supporting materials, but also performance realized from prior City arts grants, if any. 
  4. Artist ability, clarity of proposal and matching support will be considered.


A Post-Grant Final Report is due at the end of the granting period and must be received in order to be eligible to apply for a grant in any future grant cycles for this program. The post-grant final report will be due May 31, 2022.