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Preservation Grant

Grants to Georgia Nonprofits and Public Agencies to Help
Theaters Renovate, Purchase, or Improve Properties

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Fox Theatre Institute (FTI)

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Grants starting at $50,000 to Georgia theaters, nonprofits, or public agencies for projects that will help theaters complete projects involving the improvement or acquirement of property. Projects may include renovations or construction, purchasing a historic property, and the purchase and installation of equipment. Eligible expenses include fees for consulting services, project related building materials, and project related labor costs.

These grants are designed to complete projects and develop community-wide participation at the local level. Grants are awarded on an annual basis and may support the following kinds of needs:

- Securing an engineering and/or architectural team to provide final planning and budgets.
- Completing an overall preservation project or repurposing of a related structure, either a phase or other important improvements according to a study and planning process.
- Completion of a multi-year preservation plan or a long-term preservation plan for a historic structure.
- Acquisition of a historic property or related properties.
- Acquisition of real property or construction. Project may include renovation/alteration of property in order to comply with Section 504 of the 1974 Rehabilitation Act and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Purchase and installation of equipment such as assistive listening access, seating, listening devices, staging, sound equipment, lighting equipment, and projection systems that will expand accessibility and availability of programming.

The following criteria will be used to evaluate and rank applications for these grant funds:

- Historical significance of the resource.
- Physical condition of the property.
- Proposed use of the site and quality of the interpretive program.
- Quality of the preliminary planning or contract documents, including credentials of the project team, feasibility of the budget, and work schedule.
- Appropriateness of the project to meet the needs of the resource.
- Ability of the applicant to match the funds requested and to complete the proposed work, maintain the property, administer the grant funds, and develop programs to sustain and interpret the property.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181575

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may apply for grants starting at $50,000 to upwards of $250,000.

Multi-phased projects may request up to $500,000 during a three-year period.

Term of Contract:

Grant projects must begin within six months of award date. With the exception of multi-phased projects, grant projects must be completed by June 1, 2018.

Multi-phased projects may apply for funding for three consecutive years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to be eligible for grant funding, properties must be:

Owned by a public agency, 501(c) (3), or other nonprofit organization.

50 years or older and/or:

- Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Listed as a National Historic Landmark.
- Contributing member of a National Register District.
- Eligible for any of the above.

Organizations receiving funding of $250,000 or above are not eligible to re-apply for three years.

Ineligible Expenses:

- Staff or faculty salaries
- Organizational overhead costs
- Catering, food and beverage, and entertainment
- Expenses incurred prior to award date

Pre-Application Information:

The Fox Theatre Institute suggests an initial phone call or meeting to review your project, the needs, and to obtain guidance on your grant application.

Panelists will review the applications and grant award notifications will be sent in September 2017.

Matching funds are required. Applicants must be capable of matching the grant amount dollar-for-dollar or more if there is potential to do so. Grant funds will be disbursed upon proof that matching funds have been secured or pledged formally.

Matching gifts may come from private or public sources, or from earned income (special events, fundraising activities, etc.). Donated materials and services and organizational overhead costs can be eligible sources as matching funds if they directly underwrite the project budget and are the result of the Institute’s challenge grant.

Contact Information:

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

Completed applications should be returned to:

The Fox Theatre Institute
ATTN: Maggie Fuller
660 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

Maggie Fuller, FTI Community Engagement Manager
Phone: 404-881-2023

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Georgia