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.
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.
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 https://www.savannahga.gov/DocumentCenter/View/28301/2024-ACE-Guidelines-#page=4.