ACTION ALERT
March 31, 2017 


It's important that you and others follow through before the end of the day Wednesday, April 5, to show gratitude and encouragement regarding appropriation recommendations made March 28 by Senate and House TED appropriation subcommittee chairmen.  

You can help secure the highest appropriations possible
for 2017-2018 DCA grants.

See below for details AND please take action now -- 
the sooner, the better.




Number 1
What are the current appropriation recommendations to fund the DCA 2017-2018 grants?


Review the STATUS here of 2017-2018 Appropriation Recommendations by Senate TED Chairman Jeff Brandes and House TED Chairman Clay Ingram as of 3-28-17.

Quick Budget Highlights Related to DCA 2017-2018 Grants
as of 3-28-2017:

Culture Builds Florida Grants -- both Chairmen Brandes and Ingram recommend full funding at $2,320,109;

Cultural Facilities Grants -- House TED Chairman Ingram recommends full funding for Cultural Facilities Grants at $11,591,554; Senate TED Chairman Brandes recommends $7,211,940.

Cultural and Museum Grants -- Senate TED Chairman Brandes recommends $18,190,046, which is $7,061,922 more for Cultural and Museum Grants than the House TED Chairman Ingram recommends at $11,128,124. 

Cultural Endowment Program -- Neither chairman recommends funding.




 
Number 2
What would the Cultural and Museum grants be at four different appropriation levels?

Check the status here of what the 2017-2018 Cultural and Museum Grants would be in your county for the recommended grantees for this category.






Number 3
Who should you and other advocates send emails of thanks and encouragement to 
before the end of the day on Wednesday, April 5 -- the sooner, the better?


Here are the names and emails of Senate and House leadership, along with a list of their legislative assistants, to send thank you emails to and encouraging "asks" BEFORE the end of the day on Wednesday, April 5.  There are three legislative leaders in the Senate and three legislative leaders in the House that need to hear from you NOW.  


IMPORTANT FIRST STEP    -- PERSONALIZE YOUR FIRST SENTENCE IN EACH OF YOUR EMAILS and in the
SUBJECT BOX OF EACH EMAIL: 
    


For example:

     My name is _____and our not-for-profit organization is ________, which is based in _________County.  It went through an established state application and review process to be recommended for a Cultural and Museum Grant for $150,000 (use whichever grant category your organization is recommended for funding under, e.g., Cultural and Museum Grants, Culture Builds Florida, Cultural Facilities, Cultural Endowment and the specific grant amount it's recommended for --   access county-by-county list here).  This state grant will assist us in support of____jobs and leveraging other private and public dollars needed to produce our programs.

OR

My name is____________and I live and work in ________County.  I'm writing to encourage you to support funding for all of the ___recommended Florida Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) grants based in my county.  These are wise state investments that help these not-for-profit cultural organizations leverage millions in matching dollars to produce arts and culture programs for me, my family, friends, and visitors to our county.

IMPORTANT NEXT STEP:  ONCE YOU PERSONALIZE THE FIRST SENTENCE, EDIT THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION SPECIFICALLY LISTED UNDER SENATE OR HOUSE LEADERSHIP BELOW.  Note that each is different, because what the Senate and House recommend at this stage of the budget-development process is different:


Suggested email to SENATE LEADERSHIP and
copy their legislative assistants on your emails:

Please edit to make your own; however, keep the main points and be polite and thankful for these appropriation recommendations.  
It's a challenging budget year for all of our legislators.


Dear_________:

     Your personal first sentence/paragraph -- see above.

     Thank you for your leadership to recommend appropriations to fund the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) 2017-2018 grants:

Cultural and Museum Grants:

     Thank you so much for recommending $18,190,046, which is close to the current FY 2017 appropriation of $19 million.  As you know, this is the DCA program that supports through matching general program support grants 480 not-for-profit organizations.  Please, if possible, provide as much in this line item so these 480 grants can come as close as possible to receive their full qualified grant amounts.  Here is a side-by-side   document that shows what these grants would be funded at different appropriation levels.  These grants support thousands of jobs throughout the state and leverage millions in other necessary matching private and public dollars.  They also return to local and state government treasuries $5 to every $1 invested.  They create greater access to a diversity of cultural programs for residents and tourists.

Culture Builds Florida Grants:  

     Thank you for recommending full funding for these 110 grants to support specific cultural projects throughout the state.  The House also agrees to fully fund these grants.

Cultural Facilities Grants:

     Thank you for recommending appropriations that will fully fund the first 22 on the ranked list of 36 grantees.  If you can agree with the House TED recommendation of $11,591,554, that would ensure all 36 recommended cultural facilities grants are funded.

   Thank you so much for your time, consideration, and leadership.  Here is a county-by-county list of all of the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) 2017-2018 recommended grants by specific grant-funding categories and what grant amounts they qualify for in FY 2017-2018.

     If I may provide you with additional information on the positive impact of these state investments, please let me know.

Sincerely,
Your name 
Address



Suggested emails to HOUSE LEADERSHIP and copy their 
copy their legislative assistants on your emails:

Please edit to make your own; however, keep the main points and be polite and thankful for these appropriation recommendations.  
It's a challenging budget year for all of our legislators.

Dear_________:

     Your personal first sentence/paragraph -- see above.

     Thank you for recommending appropriations to fund the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) 2017-2018 grants:

     Your support to fully fund the 110 Culture Builds Florida specific cultural project grants and the 36 Cultural Facilities Projects is greatly appreciated and will assist these organizations to leverage other matching dollars to implement these programs.

     Thank you also for your recommendation to support funding for the 480
not-for-profit organizations who qualify for matching general program support grants under Cultural and Museum Grants. If possible, please provide as much in this Cultural and Museum Grants budget line item (no less than the $19 million this fiscal year) so these 480 grants can come as close as possible to receive their full qualified grant amounts.  

     Here is a side-by-side  document that shows what these Cultural and Museum grants would be funded at different appropriation levels.   These Cultural and Museum grants support thousands of jobs throughout the state and leverage millions in other necessary matching private and public dollars. They also return to local and state government treasuries $5 to every $1 invested.  They also create greater access to a diversity of cultural programs for residents and tourists throughout the state.

    Thank you so much for your time, consideration, and leadership.  Here is a county-by-county list of all of the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs (DCA) 2017-2018 recommended grants by specific grant-funding categories and what grant amounts they qualify for in FY 2017-2018.

     If I may provide you with additional information on the positive impact of these state investments, please let me know.

Sincerely,
Your name 
Address