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Investment Programs: Arts and Culture Enrichment (ACE) Program

Grants to Georgia Nonprofits and IHEs in Eligible
Areas to Support Cultural, Arts, and Creative Programs

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City of Savannah Cultural Affairs Commission

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Deadline Date:

08/02/21 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 that help to promote economic growth. Funding is intended to enhance the quality of life for local residents and visitors. Applicants must be located in Savannah.

The City and Cultural Affairs Commission is seeking proposals that 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. Funding priorities include:

  • 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 programs 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:

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. 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 that a determination of tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is pending.

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).

For information about ineligible use of funds, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

All applicants are highly recommended to attend an ACE workshop.

- Wednesday, July 7 at 11:00 a.m. (Zoom only)
- Wednesday, July 7 at 6:00 p.m. (In-person or virtual)
- Saturday, July 10, at 11:00 a.m. (In-person or virtual)

In-person workshops are held at the Savannah Cultural Arts Center at 201 Montgomery St.

To RSVP, please email your preferred date and whether you plan to attend in person or via Zoom to the Contracts Coordinator.

Applicants that cannot attend the scheduled workshops may seek individual technical assistance by contacting the Cultural Resources Department’s Contracts Coordinator

Pre-Application Information:

- The application process opens: June 18, 2021, 8:00 AM
- Proposal submission deadline: August 2, 2021, at 5:00 PM.
- Staff application review: August
- Cultural Affairs Panel review and deliberation: August
- Funding recommendations finalized: September/October
- Funding recommendations presented to City Council: October/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 2021 - May 2022
- Contracts finalized and executed: January - May 2022
- Contracted services are completed: January - December 2022

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 additional information about matching funds, see:

Contact Information:

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

RSVP to an ACE workshop and direct questions to

Register and apply online:

City of Savannah
P.O. Box 1027
2 East Bay Street
Savannah, GA 31401

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