A key element of MCA’s mission is supporting local arts organizations with direct funding. Cultural grants are an important means to promote excellence in the creative sector and the cornerstone of MCA’s fund raising efforts.
Since its founding in 2002, MCA has awarded over $310,000 to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations through a competitive grant allocation process. These dollars have supported more than 125 arts initiatives within the creative community, resulting in the enhancement and expansion of their programming, in turn, enriching our community’s quality of life.
About MCA’s Cultural Grant Program
Each spring, MCA announces the release of the Cultural Grant Criteria and Application to the non profit arts community. Grants are available for all artistic disciplines, including music, theater, dance, visual arts, cinema, literary arts, folk arts, and photography. Historical and scientific museums may also apply.
A committee of community volunteers, chaired by an MCA Board member, evaluates each grant utilizing the criteria in the application and guidelines. Following the evaluation and scoring process, the committee’s recommendations are reviewed by MCA Executive Committee and presented to the Board. Each year local arts organizations are awarded grants to enhance, expand, or support their product. The grants are formally awarded in the fall at Applaud the Arts, MCA’s annual showcase and celebration.
Help us reach the goal by making a donation in honor someone who was always there for you, just like the four friends were there for us and our community.
The Four Friends Grant Fund
In honor of the Leadership Legacy of
Jim Copeland, Mack Dunwoody, E. L. Foster and an Anonymous Friend
The fund was established by MCA in October of 2015 as a permanent endowment, designed to generate income tosupport occasional one-time grant requests that fall outside the scope of timeline of MCA’s annual Cultural Grant awards.
The inspiration for this fund is the legacy of leadership created by four important community leaders. Through care and concern, words and deeds, over many years and across many institutions, Jim Copeland, Mack Dunwoody, E. L. Foster, and another friend (who wished to remain anonymous) have impacted the lives of nearly every citizen residing in Ocala and Marion County.
Each of these Four Friends of MCA leaves a leadership legacy of his own, that when combined serve as an enormously inspirational example of those who may choose to follow in their footsteps of improving the quality of everyday life in our community. As close friends over the years, they inspired one another, with E. L. , Jim, and Mack even earning the nickname, “the Three Musketeers” as they had a reputation for coming to the rescue of so many good causes, including the seedlings of what grew to become MCA.
As stand out leaders of their generation, their support of improvements to education, city life, health, many recognized and continued. The open-minded supportiveness of new ideas and initiatives sets this group apart.
The spirit of this fund is designed to emulate that same act of encouragemetn of those seeking such from MCA. The Fund currently stands at $74,000. MCA will announce the grant program, criteria, and application in early 2019. Please consider donating to the 4 Friends Fund. Your contributions will fund individual MCA artist member grant requests for equipment and training..
Marion Cultural Alliance has provided direct funding to the following arts organizations over 15 years. Art Organizations may apply for grants up to $5,000. Requests for funding may be for equipment, resident artists, marketing, training, etc.
|Dance Alive National Ballet, Inc.||Residency Activities at Reilly Arts Center||$500|
|Kingdom Under the Sun Concert Band||Veterans Light the Starts||$1,500|
|Marion Civic Chorale, Inc.||We Salute Our Veterans||$1,500|
|City of Ocala||Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition Artist Honoraria||$2,000|
|Marion County Public Schools||Staging a Coup: Students Storm Local Theaters and Revolutionize Learning||$2,000|
|Insomniac Theatre Company||2017 Shakespeare in the Park||$3,000|
|Ocala Civic Theatre||In-school touring of “Fit” by Kim Esop-Wylie||$4,000|
|Marion Ballet Theatre||Share the Magic of Christmas||$2,500|
|Marion Chamber Music Society||ENCORE: Gabrielle Chou||$1,000|
|Magnolia Art Xchange||Sponsorship of One Artist in Residency Studio||$3,500*|
|Marion All-County Choir||United in Song-Marion All-County Choir||$1,500|
|Florida Center for the Blind||Therapy Through the Arts Program||$2,000|
|African American Artfest|
|Appleton Museum of Art|
|Belleview Middle School Art Program|
|Boys and Girls Club of Marion County|
|Brick City Center for the Arts/College of Central Florida|
|Central Florida Symphony/Ocala Symphony Orchestra|
|City of Ocala-Cultural Event|
|Fine Arts for Ocala|
|Forest High School Wildcat Theatre Company|
|Grace Christian School|
|Insomniac Theatre Company|
|Madison Street Academy of Visual & Performing Arts|
|Marion Chamber Music Society|
|Marion Civic Chorale|
|Marion County Student Tile Project|
|Marion Performing Ballet|
|Ocala Civic Theatre|
|Ocala Storytelling Festival|
|Rainbow Springs Fine Arts Association|
|The Central Florida Master Choir|
|The Square Theatre*|
|Westport High School Theatre Arts|
Individual artists, including arts educators, living and working in Ocala, Marion County, Florida
Current member of MCA
Applicant has not received a Four Friend Grant or a MCA Cultural Grant within the calendar year of the application
A final report on any prior Four Friends Grant Fund or a MCA Cultural grant was received by MCA
Applications may include requests for:
Registration costs for professional workshops or conferences
Specialized equipment necessary for work
Fees for a professional consultant to learn to build business skills or for marketing a project
Grants DO NOT cover:
Offsetting costs for regular salary or substitute worker to enable other work to continue
General operating expenses
Matching funds for other grants
Funding for pursuit of an academic degree, certification, or continuing education
Application may be made, online, at any time. The Chairman of the Four Friends Committee will convene the committee as per availability. Grant review and scoring may be conducted online or by other electronic means, if necessary. At its discretion, the Committee may offer partial funding.