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Contracts for Arts Services (CAS) Program - Major Arts Organizations Grant

Contracts for Services to Georgia Arts Nonprofits in
Eligible Areas for General Operations and Outreach

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City of Atlanta - Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA)

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Deadline Date:

08/20/21 11:59 AM


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Contracts for services of up to $50,000 to Georgia nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for general operating support and outreach activities. New applicants must contact the funding source and attend an online application workshop prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to enhance the quality of life for residents through cultural experiences. All eligible proposals must provide services for the direct benefit of Atlanta residents and visitors and must include viable plans to increase access and enhance the presence of arts and culture in Atlanta.

This grant is intended for general operating activities and project support (for outreach activities only) for Atlanta‘s established large-budget arts organizations that exhibit the highest standards of artistic and administrative excellence. The grant fosters the stability, development, and vitality of the city‘s major cultural institutions by stimulating growth and professional development, and by increasing the organization‘s accessibility to the general public. These contracts enable major arts institutions to promote Atlanta as a cultural destination and to share the organization‘s programs and services with a broad cross-section of the city‘s population.

Eligible for Support: 

  • Administrative and marketing support to arts organizations related to audience development and community engagement 
  • Publicly accessible and community-based arts programs 
  • Artistic components of festivals 
  • Percentage of staff salaries related to funded projects and activities

All applicants in this category will be evaluated based on the following five criteria: artistic quality, evidence of commitment to practice, ability to use grant effectively, leadership/administrative capability, and impact/accessibility.

The OCA supports applicants that demonstrate diversity in their programs through artists, staff, committee, and board participation, as well as through programs that interest and education Atlanta's culturally diverse and underserved populations, Priority populations include low-income youth, senior citizens, people with physical and or/ emotional disabilities, ethnic minorities and the LGBTQ communities. and traditionally underrepresented audiences.

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GrantWatch ID#: 178615

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum request: $50,000

Term of Contract:

The contract begins at the time of execution and continues until June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicants must be headquartered in the City of Atlanta and all funded activities must take place within the City of Atlanta and result in presentations that are available to the general public. The OCA has the right to withdraw awards for activities and contractors determined not to be in the City of Atlanta.
- Applicants granted contracts must remain in the City of Atlanta during their contract period or they forfeit funding.
- Applicants must be tax-exempt, have 501 (c)(3) status non-profit arts and community organizations incorporated in the State of Georgia, and headquartered in corporate City of Atlanta limits for 3 years prior to the application deadline. An organization may not use the 501(c)(3)status of another institution.

Applicants are deemed ineligible if they are:
1) Private, for-profit organizations
2) Organizations based outside corporate City of Atlanta limits
3) Contractors in violation of OCA contracts from previous funding cycles

For ineligible expenses, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

First-time applicants interested in submitting a proposal for Contracts for Arts Services funding must attend one of three virtual workshops covering the submission process. Workshops will provide an overview of the program, application tips, and the review process. The virtual workshops will be held on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 3:00 PM via Microsoft Teams. You must RSVP to attend. RSVP by 12:00 PM on July 29, 2021.

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After attending the FY22 Contracts for Arts Services Virtual Application Workshop, complete the following survey:

By completing the survey you will fulfill the workshop requirement.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline Update: The deadline to apply for the 2021-2022 grant cycle has been extended to August 20, 2021.

Grant Timeline:
- August 20, 2021: Deadline (11:59 AM)
- August 6 - September 6, 2021: Online Panel Review Dates
- September 7 - 13, 2021: Online Panel Scoring Dates
- Fall 2021: Announcement of grant awards
- July 2022: Final report due and second payment disbursement

Any organization that intends to apply as a new applicant in the Major Arts Organization category must first obtain the Office of Cultural Affairs certification as an eligible organization. Contact the office to request an application form and to discuss your intent to apply with the Contracts for Arts Service Program Manager. The deadline for applying for eligibility is July 16, 2021. For more information, see

Requests for assistance should be made two weeks in advance of the due date to allow time for corrections.

Major Arts Organizations must show a match on a minimum of 1:1 cash basis.

Only one application will be accepted from an organization in a funding cycle.

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Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Direct questions to:
Brittnee Buley
Contracts for Arts Services Program Manager

City of Atlanta
Office of Cultural Affairs
233 Peachtree St NE
Harris Tower Suite 1700
Atlanta, GA 30303

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