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A Place to Perform

Grants to Metro Atlanta Area, Georgia Nonprofits for
Funds to Rent Spaces for Performing Arts Activities

GrantWatch ID#: 180432
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

11/03/17 12:00 PM

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Grants of up to $7,500 to Metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia nonprofit arts organizations for financial assistance to gain access to performance spaces, facilities, and venues to produce performing arts experiences for the public. Funding will be provided for direct rental costs (including performance space rental), load-in costs, required equipment or venue-related technician fees, including venue-specific box office or direct front-of-house fees. Requests may not include funds for artistic or general production costs.

This program is intended to address the following needs for arts organizations:

1. 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.

2. Regionality: A Place to Perform seeks to serve organizations and audiences throughout the Foundation’s entire 23-County region, which includes: 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.

3. Building Opportunities for Audiences: The program seeks to increase opportunities for audiences to experience productions by a range of performing artists across the Metro Atlanta region.

The Foundation's priority is to provide funds that enable access to venues for performances that fulfill the mission of the producing nonprofit organization. As such, requests to obtain space for fundraising events are ineligible.

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.

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

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 USA 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 a 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). Organizations with annual budgets over $250,000 must have audited financial statements; organizations with annual budgets between $100,000 and $249,999 must have reviewed financial statements; organizations under $100,000 may submit internal or compiled financials. (NOTE: Audited/reviewed financials are not part of the application, but must be available upon request if needed by the Community Foundation);

- 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.

Please note:

- Recipients of A Place to Perform grants will not be eligible to apply for another A Place to Perform grant until after they have submitted an end-of-grant report for their previous A Place to Perform grant.
- 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.

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.

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

Below, you’ll find important documents, including guidelines for funding and information on how to apply (see Supporting Documents section).

Please see http://facebook.com/metroatlantaartsfund for information on the next deadline.

Friday, March 3, 2017 (12:00pm): Application deadline
Monday, April 10, 2017: Applicants notified of funding decision

Friday, June 2, 2017 (12:00pm): Application deadline
Monday, July 10, 2017: Applicants notified of funding decision

Friday, August 4, 2017 (12:00pm): Application deadline
Monday, September 11, 2017: Applicants notified of funding decision

Friday, November 3, 2017 (12:00pm): Application deadline
Monday, December 11, 2017: Applicants notified of funding decision

Please note: All applicants must first submit a nonprofit profile and common grant application before submitting this application. If you have already completed a nonprofit profile and common grant application, please make sure it is up to date.

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

Click here to apply online: https://www.gdg.do/prod1/portal/portal.jsp?c=8693710&p=8699963&g=8699983

Jonathan Katz, Program Associate
Phone: 404.588.3216
Email: jkatz@cfgreateratlanta.org

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

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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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