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Contracts for Services to Georgia Nonprofits and IHEs in Eligible Areas for Arts and Cultural Programs

Investment Programs: Arts and Culture Enrichment (ACE) Program


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City of Savannah Cultural Affairs Commission
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Geographic Focus
USA: Georgia: City of Savannah

Important Dates
Deadline: 07/28/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Contracts for services to Georgia nonprofit organizations and IHEs in eligible locations for arts and cultural programs. Funding is intended to promote community development and enrich the lives of local residents. Eligible programs must be publicly accessible and must take place in Savannah.

The Arts and Culture Enrichment program (ACE) is intended to integrate arts, culture, heritage, design, and other creative disciplines as strategies that strengthen the City of Savannah’s economic, physical, and social vitality. Arts and Culture are important contributors to the vibrancy of Savannah’s neighborhoods, and the City of Savannah supports opportunities for art and culture to enhance and enrich the quality of life for Savannah residents and guests.

Funding Priorities 

The City and Cultural Affairs Commission are seeking proposals which strategically position the disciplines of the creative sector to address the following City priorities in a measurable way. The level of funding and contract awards is contingent on the annual availability of funds and applying for funds does not guarantee a proposal will be recommended or a contract will be awarded.

  • Increase economic growth through skill-building, employment, and entrepreneurship.
  • Improving the aesthetics of built environments through creative programs.
  • Expand art and cultural experiences to new and diverse audiences and participants.
  • Build and reinforce a strong sense of community throughout Savannah.
  • Engage, develop, and inspire young people through imaginative and innovative approaches.
  • Reestablish, enrich and/or preserve vibrant neighborhoods and the quality of life in Savannah.
  • Increase access to art and culture in close proximity to where residents live.

Eligible Programs 

Programs can encompass a variety of artistic disciplines and a range of formats, including visual arts, performing arts, literary, culturally based, and arts-integrated technology projects. Priority is given to programs that:

  • Actively engage the community.
  • Promote communication, skill development, entrepreneurship, and education.
  • Have a realistic implementation plan.
  • Are open and accessible to the public.
  • Demonstrate a broad range of community support – whether financial or volunteer/in-kind.
  • Collaborate and partner with non-arts organizations as a strategy to broaden access, increase the impact of programs, and expand the pool of available resources.
  • Provide multiple levels of community engagement (planning, performing opportunities, technical/arts administration training, audience/participant, etc.).
  • Are designed specifically for youth and provide opportunities for youth to participate as stewards, creators, and spectators.
  • Directly provide access to art, cultural, and educational programming to underserved communities and populations.

All proposals should strive to address access and equity in the planning and implementation of the proposed programs. 

For Eligible Expenses, see


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applying organizations must meet ALL of the following requirements to be eligible for funding consideration. Please note: These criteria only determine the eligibility of organizations to apply for funding and do not guarantee applicants will be recommended or receive funding.
Applying organizations must meet ONE of the following:
• Be a cultural/art focused organization that provides arts/cultural programming for community benefit as part of the organization’s primary mission, OR
• Be a college, university or other non-profit that is seeking to provide arts/cultural programming as part of its overall services to the community (50% or more of audience/participants may not be students/faculty), OR
• Be a new or emerging organization with a documented history of previous community programs/events (reviews, articles, photos, videos, etc.), articles of incorporation, and proof of determination of tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Applying organizations must meet ALL of the following:
• Be a legally formed non-profit (not-for-profit) entity registered in the state of Georgia.
• Organizations must have obtained their IRS non-profit status prior to application submission.
• Have an independent functioning board of directors, reflective of the community it serves.
• Be located within the corporate city limits of Savannah and/or provide the majority of the nonprofit’s programs in Savannah.
• Provide financial information demonstrating ongoing fiscal responsibility and stability (e.g. income/expense statements, completed IRS Form 990/990EZ, financial audit).
• Be able to meet all insurance coverage requirements, including coverage that includes the City and its agents as co-insured parties for the duration of funded activities.
• Have successfully completed the requirements of past contracts with the City and/or be in good standing and compliant with the terms of existing City contracts (if applicable).

City investment is not intended to support general operating and overhead costs that are not associated with the program or service being funded.

Funding may NOT be used:
• To reduce existing deficits or financial liabilities
• To pay ongoing operating or administrative expenses unrelated to the proposed program
• To hire subcontractors for the administration of a program
• To provide scholarships, prizes, or stipends
• To add to endowment funds
• To support the costs of hospitality, such as receptions, food, beverages
• To support activities provided outside of the City of Savannah, Georgia
• To pay space rental costs for facilities owned by the applicant
• To purchase or improve capital, such as buildings/real estate, or depreciable assets such as printers, computers, etc.
• To support curriculum-based programs provided by academic teaching institutions (except in partnerships with community-based organizations who are the applicants)
• To support fundraising or other activities outside the scope of contracted programs
• To support exhibitions at commercial, privately-owned galleries or private events that are closed to the general public; restricted to an organization’s membership; or restricted on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation
• For re-granting programs that are essentially recreational

Pre-Proposal Conference
All applicants are highly recommended to attend an ACE workshop.

Workshop dates:
- June 10 | Super Grant Saturday - In person workshops for multiple funding opportunities begins at 9am at the Savannah Cultural Arts Center
- June 21 | Informational Workshop (In person): 6:00-7:00pm
- June 22 | Informational Workshop (Virtual and in person) 1:30-2:30pm

All workshops take place at the Savannah Cultural Arts Center. June 22 will have a virtual attendance option.

Pre-Application Information
Applications for 2024 Programming will Open on June 12, 2023. The proposal submission deadline is July 28, 2023 at 5:00 PM.

ACE Important Dates and Timeline
- June 10 | Super Grant Saturday
- June 12 | Applications Open
- June 21 | Informational Workshop
- June 22 | Informational Workshop
- July 28 | Applications Close
- August | Cultural Affairs Panel review and deliberation
- Oct-Nov | Funding recommendations presented to City Council
- November | Applicants notified of funding recommendations
- December | Applicants notified of approved awards

Applicants are required to match requested funding on a one-to-one (1:1) basis from non-City funding sources. A minimum of 50% of the organization’s match must be cash, and 50% may be in-kind contributions. For more information, see

Estimated Size of Grant
Eligible programs may be recommended for funding in varying amounts from a minimum of $7,000 to a maximum of $100,000.

Term of Contract
- Successful applicants begin contract process December 2023 – May 2024
- Contracts finalized and executed January - May 2024
- Contracted programs are completed January – December 2024

Contact Information
To sign up for Neighborly, please use the following participant link:

Questions? Please email CJ Bogle at

Applicants that cannot attend the scheduled workshops may seek individual technical assistance by contacting the Cultural Resources Department’s Contracts Coordinator at: 912-651-6783.

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