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Contracts for Services Program (CFS)

Grants to Fulton County, Georgia Nonprofits, Municipalities, IHEs,
Schools, and Individual Artists for Community-Driven Arts Projects

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Fulton County Department of Arts and Culture (FCAC)

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06/26/20 11:59 PM


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $50,000 to Fulton County, Georgia nonprofit organizations, municipalities, colleges, universities, local schools, and individual artists for small community-based arts programming and projects. Funding is also available for operating support.

The Contracts for Services Program (CFS) seeks to strengthen the cultural health of individuals, organizations, and communities by awarding funding and providing technical assistance to non-profit organizations whose arts programming supports arts and cultural services to Fulton County residents. Funding is awarded through service contracts that specify the services that the individual artist or organization is required to provide in exchange for financial support from Fulton County. 

Funding is available in the following categories:

Arts Services Fund

Provides program support for the delivery of services that support arts & cultural organizations and artists. Fulton County Arts & Culture partner organizations applying in this category are subject to funding eligibility negotiation by the Allocations Committee and the Fulton County Arts Council.

Emerging Arts Funds

Provides project support to emerging arts organizations with operating budgets $100,000 or less. 

Operating Support Funds

Provides operating support for arts and cultural organizations. All budget sizes eligible.

Project Support Funds

Provides project support to the following Fulton County based groups. All budget sizes eligible.

Small Arts Project Fund

Provides funding support for the creation and delivery of small community-driven arts projects.

Funding is awarded for the following primary purposes:

  • Providing cultural access for the diverse citizenry of Fulton County, with a focus on youth, seniors, people with disabilities and underserved populations
  • Serving as a catalyst for stabilizing arts and cultural organizations throughout the County
  • Encouraging the highest standards of artistic quality and excellence
  • Creating an environment that encourages the growth and development of arts organizations
  • Stimulating neighborhood development and facilitating creativity within communities throughout Fulton County
  • Fostering partnerships between the public and private sectors of Fulton County
  • Contributing to the economic well-being of the community, including the ability to attract new businesses and residents.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145278

Estimated Size of Grant:

First-time applicants will no longer be capped at a $5,000 maximum request amount. Applicants are allowed to request the maximum amount the organization is eligible to request based on budget size in the project support funds category.

The Fulton County Department of Arts & Culture (FCAC) announces funding ranging from $1,000 to $50,000.

Arts Services Fund: Funding up to $50,000
Emerging Arts Fund: Funding up to $10,000
Operating Support Fund: Funding up to $50,000
Project Support Fund: Funding up to $50,000
Small Arts Project Fund: Funding up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

The project period for the Operating Support, Project Support, Emerging Arts, and Art Services categories is January 1 - December 31, 2020.

The project periods for the Small Arts Project category are January 1 - December 31, 2020, and August 1 - Decemer 13, 2020.

FCAC reserves the right to recommend multi-year general operating funding for up to three consecutive years to eligible CFS applicants that demonstrate significant impact to the community.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

CFS provides funds only to non-profit organizations that meet the following conditions:
- The organization must be based and provide the majority of its services within Fulton County.
- The organization must be incorporated as a non-profit organization in the State of Georgia.
- The organization must be able to document acceptance of non-profit status by the Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3) or hold other non-profit status or have a designated non-profit fiscal agent.
- First-time applicants with a 501(c)(3) status older than three years, all budget sizes are eligible to apply in the Project Support Funds category.

Individual Artists:
- Individual artists are eligible to apply only in the Small Arts Project Funding (SAPF) category.
- Artists must have a residence in Fulton County for at least one year prior to the deadline, and live and work in Fulton County for at least eight months of the year.
- A post office box or studio is not allowed as proof of the individual artist Fulton County residency status.

Fulton County Municipalities (Re-instituted for funding cycle 2020)
- Fulton County municipalities are not required to submit any of the items listed under eligibility requirements.
- Instead, Fulton County municipalities are required to submit with the application a letter signed by the mayor or the designee authorizing the municipal agency to apply and to receive funds.

Colleges, Universities, and Local Schools
- Units or departments of institutions of higher education are eligible to apply only for project support for activities which are open to the public and that reach or serve a significant (50% or more) non-student population.
- Local schools must present curriculum-based arts education projects that engage arts educators and professional artists in planning and execution. These projects must be open to the public.
- The applicant must clearly demonstrate in its application how the project will reach its targeted audience.
- The parent institution’s development, sponsored-research or advancement office must sign-off on the application to avoid delays in processing a contract if funds are awarded.
- CFS does not provide overhead costs for institutions of higher education.
- If funds are awarded, the organization must be prepared to sign the standard Fulton County contract for services, modified only to reflect jurisdictional legal issues.

Organizations with a Regional or Statewide Focus
- Organizations that offer the majority of their programming on a regional or statewide basis are not eligible for general support. Instead, these organizations are eligible to apply only for project support for activities taking place in Fulton County. The organization must focus on a cohesive project that has a direct impact in Fulton County.
- This policy affects organizations that have their main office in Fulton County but whose services are provided mostly outside the boundaries of Fulton County. Please note that this policy does not affect Fulton County-based organizations whose programs attract a regional or statewide audience to Fulton County.

For more eligibility requirements and ineligible programs, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Application workshops include an overview of the guidelines and application process. Workshops are free to Fulton-County based organizations and artists. New applicants, first-time applicants and previous applicants who were not awarded funding in the 2019 cycle are strongly encouraged to attend an application workshop or use the self-guided tool online.

New applicants unable to attend an application workshop should call to schedule an appointment with the Contracts for Services staff or use the self-guided tool online.

Pre-Application Information:

New and first-time applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of interest (a brief one-page proposal that summarizes the full project request) to Shantras Lakes.

All applications must be received by 11:59 PM on June 26, 2020 for the Operating Support, Project Support, Emerging Arts, and Art Services categories.

The Small Arts Project Funds category has a rolling deadline subject to funds availability.

Funding recommendations and announcements will be issued in March 2020.

Applicants may not apply in more than one (1) funding category per cycle.

Applicants cannot receive more than one award per funding cycle.

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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Shantras Lakes, Contracts for Services Manager

Tasha Tavaras, Contracts for Services Specialist

141 Pryor St. SW Suite 2030 Atlanta, GA 30303

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