Scholarships and Grants

Donna Fassett Art Scholarship

Donna Fassett was a community-minded, award-winning individual who worked tirelessly as a volunteer for GGAF beginning in 1985. Serving as Chairperson in 1991, 92, and 93, Donna volunteered countless hours during the festival, and served on the GGAF Executive Board as secretary. A recognized leader in Northwest Florida, Donna volunteered her time and energy while supporting the goals for improving the Pensacola community. Her community service and dedication left a lasting legacy of caring and support to our community. Donna lost her battle with cancer in December 2012, but her spirit and dedication will long continue to inspire others.

This year, twelve $500 scholarships were awarded to UWF and PSC students in visual, performing, or media arts. The 2019 recipients are:

  • Tony Avrett
  • Adriana Ayala
  • Amber Beasley
  • Natalie Beckham
  • Aaron Cleveland
  • Haley Etherridge
  • Mischel Johnson
  • Jose Molina
  • Kevin O’Leary
  • Kelly Pohl
  • Sonia Soto
  • Tyler Suggs.


Community Arts Grants

Each year, the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival Committee awards grants to local nonprofit organizations in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties for community arts projects. Grant recipients are showcased in a booth on the south side of Zaragoza St. by the Music Stage. Be sure to stop by the booth to view photos of the art projects from the organizations receiving funding.

Our 2019 grant recipients include:

  • ARC Gateway

  • Artel

  • First City Arts

  • Friends of the West Florida Public Library

  • Manna

  • Pensacola Concert Band

  • Pensacola Heritage Foundation

  • Pensacola Opera

  • Santa Rosa Arts and Culture Foundation

  • West Florida Historic Preservation

Congratulations to the newest GGAF grant recipients and thank you for your efforts in bringing the arts into our communities.