FAFO's Community Art Grants support artists and the arts and cultural activities of organizations that serve Marion County residents.
Examples of previously funded projects include mural creation, art supply kits during COVID-19, sustaining civic theater performances, providing supplies for a drum program.
Must be one of the following: individual artists, artistic group, a local nonprofit focused on the arts, an educational arts program, or a project focused on forwarding the mission of providing arts to Marion County.
Project must be based in Marion County. There are rare cases where the committee can remove this requirement.
Applicant has not received a FAFO Community Art Grant in the same calendar year of the grant request
If there is a registration or attendance deadline, the application will be submitted no later than 30 days before the required date.
A final report for the FAFO Community Art Grant will be sent to FAFO within 60 days following the activity. The format of the report may vary according to the activity. FAFO will provide the format of the required report. Failure to provide the post activity report will make the recipient ineligible for future grants.
Grants range from $100 to $5,000. On rare occurrences, the committee may decide to approve larger grant amounts. Please contact FAFO prior to applying if your grant request is over $5,000. Any grants awarded over $2,000 may require a small presentation to the board in person or over video.
The application should be completed 30 days prior to the event or project date. The completed application consists of the following:
The grant committee consists of board members of FAFO. The committee will evaluate each application and recommend funding based on both the available funds from FAFO and the community impact of the application. In some cases, follow-up questions will be asked, or an interview will be needed to help the committee understand the application. If approved by the committee, the grant request will be presented to the FAFO board for final funding approval. (Note: Not all projects will be approved by the committee for funding).
Community Arts funding is subject to the availability of funds from FAFO. All applicants will receive award notifications and feedback via email. Successful applicants will receive funding in accordance with the applicant’s budget for the project.
FAFO provided matching funds to assist MAX in reaching its capital campaign goal. Funding enabled MAX to transform Ocala Union Station into a hub for the community’s visual artists by providing studios and a creative space for the artists to collaborate and grow in their endeavors.
FAFO purchased “Lofted” by John Gamache and sponsored “Shanti" by Claudia Jane Klein.
FAFO was a major sponsor of OCT"s 79 at 70 to celebrate its 70th year.
FAFO provided funds for this program.
For the past 8 years, FAFO has provided a Sponsorship for this program and will continue for many more.
FAFO was a major participant in the funding and selection process for a mural on the Ed Croskey Recreation Center.
FAFO funded a mural in the recreation room of the shelter.
FAFO regularly supports Kids Tag Art, MCA, Applaud The Arts, First Friday Art Walk and more.