Grants for Students Studying the Performing, Visual and Literary Arts
Helping Young Artists Grow
The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance is honored to offer Funding Futures, a grant program for student artists in our community with families that have documented financial need. Students who aspire to be exceptional musicians, actors, writers or visual artists are often faced with fierce competition and financial difficulties that prevent many from pursuing an artistic field.
The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance’s Funding Futures Student Award program is designed to identify and encourage talented low-income emerging artists ages 10-17 in Pinellas County, seeking St. Petersburg programs in dance, music, jazz, voice, theater, digital arts, writing, photography, cinematic arts, visual arts, or literary arts.
The program is open to all talented artists regardless of ethnic or social background or ability/disability. Applications are judged by a committee of arts professionals and arts instructors.
Since its launch in April 2017, SPAA has awarded nearly $63,000 to over 90 students, providing access to dance, theatre, writing, film and visual arts summer programs, and even pointe shoes for young ballerinas.
Donations help build the Funding Futures Grant Program. Your gift will help a young artist advance their skills and hone their talents, and pursue an artistic future. Click here to donate!
Funds may be used for:
- Tuition for summer or after school arts programs either virtual or in person
- Musical instrument rental, purchase or repair
- Dance shoes, music books and art supplies
- Individual instruction or master class tuition
Guidelines for Students and Arts Organizations
Nominate a Student
Organizations, please click the button below to nominate a student for a Funding Futures Award
Parents / Guardians
Apply for a Funding Futures Award for your student aged 10-17
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