GULFPORT, FLORIDA: The Gulfport Merchant’s Chamber (GMC) has announced a call for applicants for its 2019/2020 “Rise and Shine” Grants for eligible artists currently residing in Pinellas County.  The purpose of the grants is to support Gulfport’s and Pinellas County’s creative community and to promote Gulfport as an art destination. Preference will given to artists residing in Gulfport.  Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.  Two grants, including funding, marketing/advertising support, and exhibition space will be offered with a total value of $1000 each.

Each grant includes $500 up front to be used exclusively for displays, materials and supplies related to the artist’s aspirations; $300 in 10 paid booth reservations at the twice monthly Gulfport Art and Gallery Walks within a one-year period, with direct professional social media and marketing support; quarterly mentorship with a professional artist board member and one-on-one consultations with the art committee throughout the year; and $200 after completing 10 events and a post grant report.  All grant monies are expected to go directly into the artist creating work and creating a professional display that can be used for future festivals and shows.

Applicants must furnish proof of residency, a resume, artist statement, digital images of previous work and online links.  For complete details, go to VisitGulfportFlorida.com and click on “Artist Grant” at the bottom of the home page.  For questions, send email to questionsartistgrant@visitgulfportflorida.com.