Grant for Students Studying the
Performing, Visual and Literary Arts


The St. Petersburg Arts Alliance is honored to offer Funding Futures, a grant program for student artists in our community with financial challenges.

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.

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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 or visual 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 of arts professionals and arts instructors.

Since its launch in April 2017, SPAA has awarded nearly $30,000 to 52 students, providing access to dance, theatre and film summer programs, musical theatre classes – and even pointe shoes for a young ballerina.

    • “This has been a fantastic experience for them.  It opens up doors that otherwise would never have been experienced and hopefully they can take this into middle and high school so they have opportunity in life.”  – M.S., guardian to siblings taking acting, music and art classes
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    “She has become an entirely different child in the last two years, developing a self worth, confidence in her talent and developing an actual social life.  So much so that she has made friends and can’t wait to start at PCCA with her like-minded theater people this fall.  Just overcoming the everyday tears would have been a great accomplishment but the self-worth she’s found is 1000x the quality of life she had before.  Participating in this musical would be a great gift to her and I appreciate your consideration.” – Jocelyn S – Grade 9

  • “Brandon shared with us at the end of summer ceremony, that the experience gave him growth in confidence and public speaking.” – Brandon E. – Grade 7
  • “Deshawn had some huge improvements during the Summer, overcoming his fear of addressing his peers in the room, to leading his peers through creativity with script writing and drawing out sets and plans” – Deshawn N. – Grade 11

Funds may be used for

Academy of Ballet

Tuition for summer arts programs

Musical instrument rental,
purchase or repair

Dance shoes, music books
and art supplies

Individual instruction
or master class tuition

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Guidelines for Students and Arts Organizations

For application information, email

Keep St Pete Lit summer writing camp

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.

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We’re grateful to our amazing and generous donors, who help make this program possible 

Duke Energy

Pinellas Community Foundation

Suncoast Credit Union Foundation

DeBartolo Family Foundation

Tampa Bay Times

Doyle Wealth Management

Mahaffey Foundation

Jacarlene Foundation

Catalina Marketing