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Investment Programs: Arts and Culture Enrichment Program

Grants to Georgia Nonprofits and IHEs for Cultural,
Arts, and Creative Programs to Foster Economic Growth

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City of Savannah Cultural Affairs Commission

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Deadline Date:

08/10/20 5:00 PM


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Grants to Georgia nonprofit organizations and institutions of higher education in eligible locations for cultural, arts, and creative programs to foster economic growth. All applicants are required to attend a workshop. Funding is intended to enhance the quality of life for local residents and guests. Applicants must be located in Savannah.

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 projects
  • Expand art and cultural experiences to new and diverse audiences and participants
  • Build and reinforce a strong sense of community throughout Savannah by bringing people together to enjoy and experience art and culture in an environment of fellowship
  • 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

For more information on eligible projects and expenses, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 142879

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to 50% of the cost of proposed services to a maximum of $100,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed in the year in which services are contracted (January 1 – December 31).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-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.

Applying organizations must meet all of the following:
-Be a legally formed non-profit (not-for-profit) entity registered in the state of Georgia
-Have tax-exempt status or proof that IRS determination is pending (Note: Must secure tax-exempt status prior to contract signing.)
-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 services 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)

Funding may not be used:
-To reduce existing deficits or financial liabilities
-To pay ongoing operating or administrative expenses unrelated to the proposed project
-To hire subcontractors for the administration of a project
-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 services
-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 or sexual orientation
-For re-granting programs that are essentially recreational

Pre-proposal Conference:

Wednesday, July 22
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Savannah Cultural Arts Center

Wednesday, July 22
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Savannah Cultural Arts Center

Saturday, July 25
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Savannah Cultural Arts Center

To register for a workshop:

Pre-Application Information:

-The application process will open July 10, 2020.
-Applications are due Monday, August 10, 2020 at 5:00 PM.
-Staff application review: July/August
-Cultural Affairs Panel review and deliberation: August/September
-Funding recommendations finalized: September/October
-Funding recommendations presented to City Council: November
-Applicants notified of funding recommendations: November
-Budget hearings & annual budget approval: November/December
-Applicants notified of approved awards: December
-Successful applicants begin contract process: December/January
-Contracts finalized and executed: January-March
-Contracted services are completed: January - December

-All applicants will be required to attend an ACE workshop.

-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.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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