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FY2020 Partner Grant

Matching Grants to Georgia Arts Nonprofits,
Agencies, and IHEs for General Operating Support

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

02/06/19 11:59 PM


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Matching grants ranging from $8,000 to $20,000 to Georgia nonprofits, IHE-based organizations, and governmental arts organizations for general operating support. Applying organizations must be able to demonstrate a public programming component. Funding is intended for a wide range of organizations, from small to large, rural to urban, classical to contemporary, and first-time applicants to those that have applied for many years. All types of organizations are encouraged to apply.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177544

Estimated Size of Grant:

- The maximum request is $20,000 and the minimum request is $8,000
- The grant request may not be more than 50% of total expenses.
- The budget must show a one-to-one cash match for the request amount.

Term of Contract:

Programming Must Take Place: July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Arts Organizations:
-Must have an arts-based mission statement;
-Must be a nonprofit 501(c)(3);
-Must be registered with the State of Georgia Secretary of State.

Multidisciplinary Organizations:
-Must mention the arts in the mission statement;
-Must have arts programming that is more than 50% of overall programs;
-Must be a nonprofit 501(c)(3);
-Must be registered with the Georgia Secretary of State.

Organizations Within a College/University or Local Government:
-Must have its own community advisory board;
-Must receive at least 20% of income from outside sources;
-Must not be an academic department;
-Must manage its own budget;
-Must not exclusively present work for or by students;
-Must have an arts-based mission statement.

Performing arts groups organized as nonprofits will be eligible to apply if a majority of the group’s members live in Georgia.

Not Eligible:
-Organizations with fiscal agents
-Nonprofit organizations that do not have their own IRS 501(c)3 status

Please note: GCA will accept applications from parent organizations, but not fiscal agents. GCA defines a parent organization as one with which an applicant has a long-term, legal relationship, and the parent organization has the ultimate fiduciary responsibility for the organization. A fiscal agent is an organization which allows an applicant to apply for funding using the fiscal agent’s non-profit status, but which does not have a legal, binding, long-term relationship with the applicant nor does it have fiduciary responsibility.

Applications may not include programming that promotes a specific religious doctrine or political party or candidate. Applications may not include programs that are exclusively by or for students if the applicant is a school or college/university.

The following are ineligible expenses:
- Capital Expenditures/Equipment, which are permanent fixtures or equipment with a useful life of over one year that cost more than $5,000. This includes: Buildings or real estate, renovations or improvements involving structural changes, roads, driveways, parking lots or other projects/repairs, permanent or generally immobile equipment
- Fundraising event expenses (Fundraisers are events planned to raise money that are not related to the organization’s mission.)
- Programming outside of Georgia
- Tuition for college/university study
- Scholarships, prizes, or endowment funds
- Debt and interest associated with capital expenditures
- Depreciation
- Bad debt
- Alcohol or concessions
- Entertainment expenses, such as receptions, refreshments, staff or cast parties, staff awards, flowers, etc.
- Late registration fees for conferences
- Fees paid to lobbyists
- Programs that are not arts-based
- Travel and accommodation expenses that are over the rate allowed by the state of Georgia
- Any expenses labeled as miscellaneous, other, additional expenses, discretionary expenses, slush fund, etc.

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be an online training webinar on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at 10:00 AM.

To register, see the link in Contact Information below.

After January 11, a recording of this webinar will be available at:

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for the Partner Grant application is February 6, 2019 at 11:59 PM.

A new component of the Partner Grant review process that began last year is phone interviews. Each grant review panelist will be assigned 2-3 organizations to contact and interview. The interview will give panelists a chance to ask questions about the application. Applicants should be contacted in March-April via e-mail to set up an appointment for the call. GCA will e-mail information prior to that point with complete information on the interview process.

Grant review panels meet in April-June and all applicants will be invited to listen to their grant being reviewed by the panel. Grant announcements will be made in July; all applicants, including those that are not funded, will be notified via email.

Contact Information:

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

To register for the webinar, go to:

Register and apply for grants online:

Tina Lilly, Grants Program Director
(404) 962-4827

People with disabilities requiring assistance with this information or information in a different format, please contact Sanaa Furqan, Accessibility Coordinator, at 404-962-4837 or email

Georgia Council for the Arts
75 Fifth St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30308

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USA: Georgia