Carrollwood Cultural Center loses up to $25K in state budget cuts

Tampa Beacon

By MIKE CAMUNAS, Tampa Beacon Jun 24, 2024

CARROLLWOOD — State budget cuts have hit the Carrollwood community.

When Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the $116.5 billion state budget on June 12, the spending plan was slightly lower than the current budget, with about $1 billion vetoed out. In essence, it affected many arts and culture organizations for the upcoming fiscal year, including the Carrollwood Cultural Center.

According to an email sent out by the Center, its 2024-25 budget will be without the $20,000-25,000 in funds it had hoped for based on the previous years’ grant allocations.

Per the email and the Center, each June, organizations like Carrollwood Cultural Center submit grant applications to the Florida Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). Then, a panel reviews the applications and awards a score to each organization, which helps determine the percentage of the state budget awarded to that organization after the governor approves the budget.