Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Florida Legislature recommends full funding for ALL DCA grants' programs - posted by FFAB

The Florida Legislature passed the 2014-2015 state budget on Friday, 

May 2nd. It's been ordered enrolled Monday, May 5th.

In the 2014-2015 state budget, the Florida Legislature recommends full funding for ALL Five of the Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) grants' programs. 
Cultural and Museum Grants $24,166,047 - 307 grants
Specific Cultural Projects/Culture Builds Florida Grants $1,165,486 - 57 grants
State Touring Program $200,000 - TBD
Cultural Facilities Grants $10,781,584 - 28 projects
Cultural Endowment Program $6,960,000 - 29 state matches

Total Appropriations Recommended: $43,273,117

County-by-County list of Qualified 2014-2015 Grant Applicants for categories above (except STP presenters) that will receive full funding of their grants if the Governor approves budget. This document contains links to each applicant's Web site.

Details of Budget Breakdown:

Access here a breakdown of above recommended appropriations and other arts, cultural, and historical appropriation recommendations in Florida's 2014-2015 proposed budget. Links are provided within this document that take you to all recommended grant applicants by category and county.

Proposed 2014-2015 State Budget: Access here the complete 2014-2015 proposed state budget that was passed by the Florida Legislature on May 2.

We have one more step to secure these 2014-2015 appropriations for these state grants' programs: the Governor's approval. 

The budget will be sent to the Governor's office for his review and final approval. The Governor must sign or veto legislation within 15 days of transmittal or it becomes law without his signature. House Bill 5001, the state's 2014-2015 budget was ordered enrolled today. Once it is submitted to the Governor's office, the 15-day count begins. We'll let you know when the budget is submitted to his office.

Our strategy is to generate thoughtful e-mails and letters to the Governor and his budget staff from local arts agencies who can write on behalf of all the potential grantees in their respective counties. The Florida Cultural Alliance will reach out today with details to Florida's local arts agencies to follow up with the Governor's office and his budget staff to help secure these state arts and cultural grants-budget line items.

We are optimistic these DCA and DHR appropriations will be approved by the Governor since all of these line items are programs established by rule and administered by the Florida Department of State. These state grants' programs also help achieve many of the goals the Governor has for the state: creation of jobs and a world-class education system, government accountability, and expanded tourism.

Please write to Governor Scott and let him know you support the Arts Funding included in House Bill 5001.  

All information contained in this post was compiled by the 
Florida Cultural Alliance 

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