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Contracts for Services to Georgia Nonprofits, Municipalities,
IHEs, Schools, and Individual Artists for Arts Programming

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Fulton County Department of Arts and Culture (FCAC)

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06/25/21 11:59 PM Receipt


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Contracts for services of up to $50,000 to Georgia nonprofit organizations, individual artists, agencies, IHEs, and secondary schools in eligible locations for arts programming. Certain applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Eligible applicants are located in Fulton County.

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 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 populations underserved through the arts
  • Serving as a catalyst for capacity building and 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

Fulton County will primarily support programs proposed for funding incorporating a full virtual format to maintain health and safety for the general public during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

For funding categories, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145278

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Arts Services Funds: Funding up to $50,000
- Emerging Arts Funds: Funding up to $10,000. First-time applicants in the Emerging Arts category can request a maximum of $5,000.
- Operating Support Funds: Funding up to $50,000
- Project Support Funds: Funding up to $50,000
- Small Arts Project Funds: Funding up to $5,000
- Individual Artist Funding: Funding up to $5,000
- Municipality Support Funds: Funding up to $50,000

Term of Contract:

Eligible applicants are encouraged to apply for these service contracts which are designed to support programm taking place between January 1 through December 31, 2021.

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:

Program Eligibility:
- Organizations
- Individual Artists
- Municipalities
- Colleges, Universities, and Local Schools
- Organizations with a Regional or Statewide Focus

For further eligibility requirements, see

Cultural organizations are eligible to apply for project support only. Cultural institutions can apply in the Small Arts Project category or the Project Support Category. Cultural institutions can request funding for arts-based projects.

Ineligible Entities or Individuals:
- Private, for profit organizations including individual artists operating under a LLC
- Organizations and individual artists not based in Fulton County
- Artists or organizations that have been placed in default status by FCAC for failure to comply with contract compliance requirements
- Non-profit organizations that cannot demonstrate their 501(c)(3) status or that of the fiscal agent
- Religions institutions and organizations
- Generally, FCAC does not provide direct funding to other Fulton County departments or agencies through the Contracts for Services Program. Interested agencies are asked to contact the Contracts for Services staff at least 30 days before the application deadline for additional information and to determine compatibility of proposed project with FCAC’s mission and goals

For ineligible programs and expenses, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Fulton County Department of Arts & Culture offers technical assistance webinars for the 2021 arts funding cycle. Sessions will include an overview of the guidelines which includes; a review of applicant eligibility, funding categories, and application submission.

All workshops are free to Fulton County-based applicants. All artists and organizations that have not applied for funding from Fulton County Arts and Culture are strongly encouraged to attend one of these webinars.

December 18, 3:00 - 4:00 PM. To Register:

January 11, 10:00 -11:00 AM. To Register:

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:

2021 Application Deadline: January 19, 2021. All applications must be received by 11:59 PM by the published application deadline date. The Small Arts Project Funds category has rolling deadlines subject to funds availability.

New and first-time applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of interest. Letters will be accepted December 14, 2020 - January 8, 2021.

Applicants submitting an application for the 2020 funding cycle but were not funded are strongly encouraged to contact the CFS staff at least ten (10) working days prior to the deadline to discuss previous panel comments and approaches to strengthen the 2021 application.

Individuals and organizations that did not apply in the 2019 or 2020 funding cycles but were funded by FCAC prior to the past two contract cycles must contact the staff at least fifteen (15) working days prior to the deadline to discuss their application and eligibility.

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.

Apply Online:

Call for technical assistance or to schedule an appointment with the Contracts for Services staff: 404-612-5780

Shantras Lakes, Contracts for Services Manager

Tasha Tavaras, Contracts for Services Specialist

Fulton County Arts and Culture
141 Pryor St. SW Suite 2030
Atlanta, GA 30303

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