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Grants to Georgia Arts Nonprofits in Eligible Counties for
Operating Support to Enrich the Cultural Life of Local Residents

Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund

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Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta - Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund

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Deadline Date:

11/19/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Georgia nonprofit arts organizations in eligible counties to support operations. Applicants must update their online profiles prior to applying. Funding is intended to enrich the cultural life of local residents. Organizations must be located and provide services within the Foundation’s 23-county Metropolitan Atlanta service area.

The Arts Fund provides general operating support for programming and operations to increase public engagement with, and access to, various forms of art across the region. This program supports the creation of art within metro Atlanta’s arts and culture ecosystem, as well as the utilization of arts to amplify and activate community voice, strengthen the regional economy and foster an environment of life-long learning in the arts at all stages of life.

General Operating Support (GOS) provides unrestricted funding to help support an organization as it pursues its mission. This type of grant is flexible and gives the recipient the ability to use funding where most appropriate. For the summer cycle, the Foundation will be providing one to two year general operating support for eligible organizations. The Foundation will be prioritizing organizations that did not receive funding in 2020.

The Foundation will prioritize organizations that:

  • Show clarity in mission and vision
  • Engage in work that prioritizes diversity, racial equity and inclusion in their artistic and organizational practices
  • Have efforts that contribute toward recovery and long-term sustainability of the arts and culture community post COVID-19 or that demonstrate innovation to make arts available to community members.
  • Priority will be given to Black Indigenous and People Color (BIPOC) led and serving organizations defined as organizations that meet three of the following four criteria:
    • Organizational leader is BIPOC
    • Majority of the senior leadership team is BIPOC
    • Majority of board members are BIPOC
    • Majority of population served are BIPOC

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170738

Estimated Size of Grant:

Eligible organizations are encouraged to apply for up to 20% of their annual operating expenses based on 2019 and/or 2020 year-end expenses with minimum grant amount of $10,000 and a maximum of $50,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

One to two year General Operating Support grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations that meet the following requirements are eligible to apply for Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund grants:
- Located and providing services within the Foundation’s 23 county service area; all grant funds must be spent within the 23-county service area.
- Classified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3) of the I.R.S. code as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, donations to which are deductible as charitable contributions under Section 170(c)(2); I.R.S. determination must be current OR have a fiscal agent that meets this requirement as a classified nonprofit
- Registered with the Georgia Secretary of State as a nonprofit
- Present, produce or provide arts and cultural programming OR providing direct support to organizations that present, produce or provide arts and cultural programming
- Pay artists and performers associated with cultural programming
- Have annual operating expenses not exceeding $2 million for the last completed fiscal year
- Have at least one part-time paid employee for the 12 months prior to submitting an application
- Have a Board of Directors where 100% of members made personal cash donations or made financially measureable in-kind contributions during the last completed fiscal year;

Ineligible Organizations:
The following organizations are not eligible to apply for funding:
- Organizations that require participation in religious services and/or religious education as a condition of receiving services; and/or
- Organizations that have discriminatory policies and/or practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, economic status, disability, sex/gender, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information or political beliefs.

Ineligible uses of Foundation funds:
Foundation funds may not be used to support the following:
- Religious services and/or religious education;
- Endowment funds;
- Capital campaign contributions (for building construction or renovation) or use of funds to cover capital campaign feasibility studies or campaign implementation expenses. This does not include regular maintenance and capital improvements.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Information session via Zoom

Friday, October 22, 2021 at 11 a.m.

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Pre-Application Information:

Grant Cycle Timeline:
- Application period begins: Monday October 18, 2021
- Information session via Zoom: Friday, October 22, 2021 at 11 a.m.
- Deadline for: Organizational Profile, grant application and budget information: Friday, November 19, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
- Application review period (organizations may be contacted for a virtual site visit via Zoom): Monday November 29 – Friday, December 17, 2021
- Organizations notified of grant decisions: Thursday, December 30, 2021

Nonprofits must also have an updated Organizational Profile on the Nonprofit Online Portal in order to apply. If your organization submits an application but does not have an updated profile on the portal by the application review period, the application will not be reviewed.

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

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If you have any questions about the grant application or encounter any technical difficulties, please contact:

Katrina DeBerry
Program Officer

Clarke Henderson
Program Associate

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
191 Peachtree Street NE
Suite 1000
Atlanta, GA 30303

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USA: Georgia: 23-county Metropolitan Atlanta service area

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