Pensacola’s Foo Foo Festival Announces $500,000 Grant Pool for 10th Anniversary Event, November 2-13, 2023

Date Posted: Feb 07, 2023

Grant Applications for 10th Anniversary to Open April 14, 2023, at

Pensacola’s Foo Foo Festival officially announced its plans for its tenth-anniversary event, occurring November 2-13, 2023. At this morning’s kickoff presentation, the Foo Foo Festival committee shared this year’s grant application process and funding structure that will be implemented for this year’s event.

In 2022, the Pensacola Foo Foo Festival saw record-setting attendance and numerous milestone events, including the 50th Anniversary of the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, the 40th Anniversary of the Pensacola Opera, and the 10th Anniversary of the Stamped LGBTQIA+ Film Festival, funding the highest number of grant recipients to-date with $400,000 in awarded funds.

In 2023, the Pensacola Foo Foo Festival will once again fund top-scoring grant applicants, with the number of grants to be awarded contingent upon the number of submissions. In celebration of the tenth anniversary, the Foo Foo Festival will provide up to $500,000 in grant funding – its highest grant funding allotment to date – and grant applicants can apply for up to $100,000 in grant funding per event. All organizations, businesses, and community partners are also encouraged to submit their various events (occurring Nov. 2-13, 2023) for consideration to become a  “Friend of Foo,” receiving visibility as part of the regional marketing campaign and throughout the 12-day event. Organizations interested in applying for a Foo Foo Fest grant must submit a letter of intent by Friday, March 10, 2023. To apply for this year’s Foo Foo Festival, visit To apply for consideration as a “Friend of Foo,” visit

2023 Foo Foo Fest committee members include Therese Felth McKenzie (Chairperson), Maria Goldberg (Past-Chair), Nicole Stacey (Curator), Joani Delezen (Ad & Marketing Liaison), Robbie Schrock (Public Relations Liaison), Warren Sonnen (Compliance) and Trang Taylor (Member at Large).

Foo Foo Fest Application Timeline:

  • Friday, March 10, 2023 – Foo Foo Fest Organization Letter of Intent Deadline (Noon CT)
  • Friday, April 14, 2023 – Foo Foo Fest Grant Applications Open
  • Friday, April 28, 2023 – Foo Foo Fest Grant Application Deadline (Noon CT)
  • Wednesday, May 17, 2023 – Public Grant Scoring and Announcement

To download resources provided by the committee, visit For more information on the 2023 Pensacola Foo Foo Festival, visit or follow Foo Foo Festival on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


For more information on the 2023 Pensacola Foo Foo Festival, visit or follow Foo Foo Festival on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


ACE is a nonprofit organization that receives Federal, State of Florida, Escambia County, City of Pensacola, corporate, foundation and personal funds. ACE disperses these funds through an equitable granting process to nonprofit arts, culture and entertainment organizations throughout Escambia County, Fla., and promotes Escambia County as an arts and cultural destination through the annual Foo Foo Festival and other marketing efforts. For more information about ACE, visit

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