The Cultural Council has recommended $3.89 million in grants to 22 major institutions and $481,000 in grants to 11 mid-sized arts and cultural organizations in Palm Beach County for fiscal year 2017-2018. These recommendations were approved by the Tourist Development Council of Palm Beach County’s board of directors at its May meeting.

“These grants are funded with hotel tax dollars and demonstrate the important role the cultural sector plays in supporting a strong tourism-based economy,” said Rena Blades, President and CEO of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.

Grant award amounts are based on the organizations’ budget size, grant application score and the funding available. A panel of Cultural Council board members and community volunteers review and score the grant applications based on excellence and impact. The Cultural Council manages this process on behalf of Palm Beach County.

Grant award recipients and amounts

Cultural Tourism Development Fund: Major Institutions Category B Grant FY 17/18

TDC Recommended Awards 2018

Level 1 – Audited Revenues under $2 Million (10% of Op Rev)
Loxahatchee River Historical Society, Inc. $93,055
The Boca Raton Historical Society, Inc. $81,862
Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center $86,863
Level 2 – Audited Revenues between $2,000,001 and $3 Million ($200 M)
FAU Foundation, Inc. Dorothy Schmidt College of Arts and Letters $137,067
Palm Beach State College $136,425
Armory Art Center $130,005
Level 3 – Audited Revenues between $3,000,001 and $5 Million ($250 M)
South Florida Science Center and Aquarium $184,976
Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens $181,365
Palm Beach Photographic Centre $173,741
Palm Beach Opera $172,939
Palm Beach Dramaworks, Inc. $169,328
Old School Square Center for the Arts, Inc. $164,111
Level 4 – Audited Revenues Over $5 Million ($300 M)
Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. $229,194
Norton Museum of Art $226,305
Loggerhead Marinelife Center $225,703
Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches, Inc. $223,416
Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Inc. $221,490
SunFest $221,009
Henry Morrison Flagler Museum $221,009
The Society of the Four Arts $216,675
Boca Raton Museum of Art, Inc. $209,453
Miami City Ballet, Inc. $182,007
Total Awarded $3,888,000

Cultural Tourism Development Fund: Mid-Sized Institutions Category CII Grant FY 17/18

TDC Recommended Awards 2018

Level 1 – 10% of Operating Revenue up to $500,000
Street Painting Festival $31,291
Expanding and Preserving Our Cultural Heritage, Inc. (EPOCH) $26,950
Palm Beach Poetry Festival $23,904
Level 2 – Revenues between $500,000 and $1,174,999
Young Singers of the Palm Beaches $38,630
Palm Beach Symphony Society, Inc. $37,722
Centre for the Arts at Mizner Park, Inc. $37,227
Historical Society of Palm Beach County $36,484
Lighthouse ArtCenter, Inc. $36,154
Boca Ballet Theatre $35,906
Lake Worth Playhouse $35,824
Friends of the Mounts Botanical Garden $35,741
Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc. $35,493
Jewish Community Center of the Greater Palm Beaches $35,184
Boca Raton Philharmonic Symphonia, Inc. $34,090
Total Awarded $480,600
Grand Total Awarded for Category B and CII $4,368,600


Learn more about the Council’s grants programs at



Judith Czelusniak
(561) 471-1602