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Investment Programs: Arts and Culture Enrichment (ACE) Program

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City of Savannah Cultural Affairs Commission

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08/05/22 5:00 PM


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Contracts for services to Georgia nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education in eligible locations for cultural, arts, and creative programs that help to promote community development. Eligible programs may be in a wide range of artistic disciplines and formats, including visual arts, performing arts, literary, culturally based, and arts-integrated technology projects. All programs must take place in Savannah, Georgia and must be publicly accessible.

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.

An annual call for Proposals is held each year to align fiscal year resources with the City of Savannah’s priorities in a measurable way. The City seeks proposals that position arts, cultural, and creative programs as catalysts to realize the City’s goals of increasing economic growth through skill-building, employment, and entrepreneurship; improving the aesthetics of built environments; building and reinforcing a strong sense of community; engaging, developing and inspiring young people through imaginative approaches; and to increase access to art and culture in close proximity to where residents live. 

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. 

  • 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. The ACE program will prioritize programs which are equitable and reflective of the Savannah community, therefore proposals must address barriers of engagement and entry and ensure all individuals of the community and visitors have equitable access to cultural and artistic programming. 

For Eligible Expenses, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142879

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. Agencies are strongly encouraged to pursue other funding alternatives to support their programs and operations.

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.

- June 22 | Informational Workshop: Virtual Only (11:00am-12:00pm)
- June 23 | Informational Workshop: In Person Only (3:30-4:30pm)
- June 25 | Informational Workshop as part of the City's Grant Opportunity Informational Session 9:00am-12:00pm

Sign up for an Information Session on June 22, 23, or 25 via email.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for 2023 will open Monday, June 20. Proposal submission deadline is August 5, 2022, 5:00 PM.

ACE Important Dates and Timeline
- June 20 | Applications Open
- June 22 | Informational Workshop
- June 23 | Informational Workshop
- June 25 | Informational Workshop as part of the City's Grant Opportunity Informational Session
- August 5 | 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

Investment recommendations must be approved by the Mayor and Aldermen in accordance with the final Budget and if approved, contracts for services will be executed with selected providers.

Applicants are required to match requested funding on a one-to-one (1:1) basis from non-City funding sources. For more information, see

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