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A Place to Perform

Grants to Metro Atlanta Area, Georgia Nonprofits for
Access to Rental Facilities for Public Performing Arts Activities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Deadline Date:

11/02/18 12:00 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $7,500 to Metro Atlanta region, Georgia nonprofit arts organizations for access to performance facilities and venues to produce performing arts experiences for the public. Funding may be used for direct rental costs, including performance space rental, load-in costs, and required venue-related technician or equipment fees, including venue specific box office or direct front-of-house fees.

This program is intended to address the following needs for arts organizations:
- Inadequate Space: The program is designed to help nonprofit arts organizations that lack adequate performance space for a particular production. Priority will be given to organizations that lack their own primary performance space.

- Regionality: The program serves organizations and audiences throughout the Foundation’s 23-county region. These counties are: Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Hall, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Rockdale, Spalding, and Walton.

- Building and Diversifying Audiences: The program seeks to increase opportunities for audiences of varying backgrounds to experience productions by a range of performing artists across the metro Atlanta region.

In order of decreasing priority, A Place to Perform will cover the following categories of costs:
- Venue rental fees;
- Costs that are required by the venue (e.g. the venue requires that you use their technician or their box office system and staff);
- Costs that are not contractually required by the venue but that you identify as necessary to use the space (e.g. you feel that you need to hire a security guard for when the show lets out late at night or the venue does not provide enough chairs and you need to rent them);
- Costs that would add to the success of the particular production in this venue but are not essential.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180432

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests for funding may be up to $7,500.

Term of Contract:

Performance(s) must take place after the application deadline.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations must meet the following requirements to be eligible to apply for a grant from A Place to Perform:
- Must be located and providing services within the Foundation’s 23-county service area; all funds from A Place to Perform grants must be spent within the 23-county service area;
- Must be 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) and the I.R.S. determination must be current;
- Must be registered with the Georgia Secretary of State as a nonprofit (click here to verify: http://corp.sos.state.ga.us/corp/soskb/csearch.asp)
- Must have a minimum two-year operating history after the date of receipt of its 501(c)(3) classification;
- Must have at least one full-time paid employee (paid minimum wage or more, working at least 35 hours a week) for the 12 months prior to submitting an application (please note that contractors or consultants do not count toward this requirement);
- Must have filed the end-of-grant report for any previous A Place to Perform grant;
- Must have audited or reviewed financial statements that follow Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) or Government Auditing Standards (GAS) for the past two completed fiscal years as required by budget size (unless the organization’s budget is below $100,000).
- Must have a board of directors where 100% of members made personal cash donations or made financially measurable in-kind contributions during the last completed fiscal year (please note there is no required cash donation amount);
- Must have a board of directors representing the diversity and demographics of the community served, including individuals with varied skill sets and the committee structure necessary to succeed;
- Must have a primary focus on presenting, producing or providing arts programming for the public;
- Must pay artists and performers associated with artistic and cultural programming;
- Must carry a current policy that covers a minimum $1 million in general liability insurance and $1 million in accident insurance.

All applicants must have completed a nonprofit profile and common grant application on the Community Foundation’s website. If you have already completed a nonprofit profile and common grant application, please make sure it is up to date.

Applicants must have a written commitment from the venue that the performance space will be available for the requested time. Performance(s) must take place after the application deadline. No retroactive grants will be awarded for performances in the past or running through the grant application period.

Requests must originate from the producer of the performance, not the host venue.

Requests must be to rent a venue that meets basic safety requirements, including adherence to all applicable fire and safety codes, and carrying appropriate insurance. Venues must be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Requests to obtain space for fundraising events are ineligible.

Requests may not include funds for artistic or general production costs.

Costs that are not eligible for support include basic production costs that would be incurred in any venue. A Place to Perform seeks to expand the options your organization has for choosing venues, not replace regular operating expenses.

Previous A Place to Perform grantees will not be eligible for more than one A Place to Perform grant award in the same calendar year.

Pre-Application Information:

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta will be accepting applications for A Place to Perform throughout the year. Submissions will be reviewed quarterly.

Grant schedule:

- Friday, February 2, 2018 at noon: Application deadline; By Friday, March 16, 2018: Applicants notified of funding decision
- Friday, April 20, 2018 at noon: Application deadline; By Friday, June 29, 2018: Applicants notified of funding decision
- Friday, August 3, 2018 at noon: Application deadline; By Friday, September 14, 2018: Applicants notified of funding decision
- Friday, November 2, 2018 at noon: Application deadline; By Friday, December 14, 2018: Applicants notified of funding decision

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:
https://www.gdg.do/prod1/portal/portal.jsp?c=8693710&p=8699963&g=8699983

Maria Najlis
Program Associate
mnajlis@cfgreateratlanta.org
404.588.3216

Natasha Battle-Edwards
Grants Manager
nbattle@cfgreateratlanta.org
404.588.3211

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
191 Peachtree Street NE
Suite 1000
Atlanta, GA 30303
404.688.5525

grants@cfgreateratlanta.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Georgia: Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Hall, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Rockdale, Spalding, and Walton Counties

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