Contracts for Arts Services
The Contracts for Arts Services (CAS) program is the City of Atlanta’s means of granting public funding to the arts. CAS awards contracts related to the production, creation, presentation, exhibition and management of artistic and cultural services in the city of Atlanta. The program recognizes that the presence of artists and non-profit organizations involved in the arts are critical to Atlanta’s cultural vitality. The arts enrich the creative development of the city’s diverse populations and contribute positively to the social and economic well being of Atlanta and the region.
The goals of the CAS program are:
- To provide support for the existence and excellence of artists and arts organizations in Atlanta.
- To assist in the artistic development of the arts in Atlanta so that all citizens may participate in the diverse cultural life of the city.
- To develop the contributions of Atlanta’s culturally diverse communities.
- To ensure that the arts have broad geographic distribution and reach all segments of the population.
- To support a broad range of educational activities in the arts.
- To preserve the city’s artistic, cultural and historic heritage.
- To enhance neighborhood vitality and economic development through the arts.
Each year, CAS awards grants in the following categories:
- Major Arts Organizations
- Arts Organizations
- Community Cultural Development
- Artist Projects
- Emerging Artist Award
The CAS program also provides matching support for projects posted on www.power2give.org/Atlanta , a crowd funding site for the arts, designed specifically to connect donors to projects that inspire them.
In 2015, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is piloting a new Neighborhood Arts Grants program designed to bring arts into the community. Please see the Guidelines & Applications section to download the application.
Major Arts Organizations
- 7 Stages www.7stages.org
- Actor’s Express www.actors-express.com
- Alliance Theatre www.alliancetheatre.org
- Arts for Learning yawac.org
- Atlanta Ballet www.atlantaballet.com
- Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center www.thecontemporary.org
- Atlanta Shakespeare Company www.shakespearetavern.com
- Atlanta Symphony Orchestra www.atlantasymphony.org
- Center for Puppetry Arts www.puppet.org
- Children’s Museum of Atlanta www.childrensmuseumatlanta.org
- Dad’s Garage Theatre www.dadsgarage.com
- High Museum of Art www.high.org
- Horizon Theatre Company www.horizontheatre.com
- Moving in the Spirit www.movinginthespirit.org
- Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia www.mocaga.org
- Museum of Design Atlanta www.museumofdesign.org
- National Black Arts Festival www.nbaf.org
- The Atlanta Opera www.atlantaopera.org
- Theatrical Outfit www.theatricaloutfit.org
- True Colors Theatre Company www.truecolorstheatre.org
- Art Papers www.artpapers.org
- ArtsATL.com www.artsatl.com
- Atlanta Celebrates Photography www.acpinfo.org
- Atlanta Chamber Players www.atlantachamberplayers.com
- Atlanta Film Festival www.atlantafilmfestival.com
- Atlanta Jewish Music Festival www.atlantajmf.org
- Atlanta Music Project www.atlantamusicproject.org
- Atlanta Partnership for Arts in Learning
- Atlanta Printmakers Studio www.AtlantaPrintmakersStudio.org
- Bronzelens Film Festival www.bronzelens.com
- BURNAWAY www.burnaway.org
- C4 Atlanta c4atlanta.org
- Charis Circle www.chariscircle.org
- Dance Canvas www.dancecanvas.com
- Dashboard Co-op www.dashboardcoop.org
- Fabrefaction Theatre Company www.fabrefaction.com
- Fox Theatre www.foxtheatre.org
- Full Radius Dance www.fullradiusdance.org
- Gateway Performance Productions www.masktheatre.org
- Georgia Lawyers for the Arts www.glarts.org
- gloATL www.gloatl.com
- Hammonds House www.hammondshouse.org
- Metropolitan Atlanta Community Band www.macbonline.org
- MINT mintatl.org
- Out of Hand Theater www.outofhandtheater.com
- Piccadilly Puppets www.piccadillypuppets.org
- Room To Move Dance roomtomovedance.org
- Synchronicity Theatre www.synchrotheatre.com
- The Atlanta Boy Choir www.atlantaboychoir.org
- The Essential Theatre www.EssentialTheatre.com
- The Fern Theatre www.theferntheatre.org
- The Wren’s Nest www.wrensnest.org
- Theatre du Reve www.theatredureve.com
- Urban Youth Harp Ensemble www.urbanharp.org
- Voices of Note www.voicesofnote.org
- VSA Arts of Georgia www.VSAartsGA.org
- Whole World Improv Theatre www.wholeworldtheatre.org
- William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum www.thebreman.org
- WonderRoot www.wonderroot.org
- Alliance Francaise d’Atlanta www.afatl.com
- Atlanta Center for Creative Inquiry www.cci-atl.org
- Atlanta Preservation Center www.PreserveAtlanta.com
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta www.bgcma.org
- Equality Foundation of Georgia www.georgiaequality.org
- Public Broadcasting Atlanta www.pba.org
- Rialto Center for the Arts at Georgia State University www.rialtocenter.org
- The APEX Museum www.apexmuseum.org
- VOX Teen Communications www.voxteencommunications.org
- YMCA of Metro Atlanta www.ymcaatlanta.org
- Alex Gallo-Brown www.alexgallobrown.com
- Althea Brown www.directorforhire.com
- Amina McIntyre ladylovesherpen.wordpress.com
- Ayoka Chenzira www.ayomentary.com
- Carolyn Morris
- Chiwuzo Okwumabua www.chi-ife.com
- Corrina Sephora corrinasephora.com
- David Klimchak klimchakmusic.com
- F. Geoffrey Johnson smellsisee.com
- George King www.georgeking_assoc.com
- Jai McClendon Jones
- Johnny Drago
- Jon Carr
- Lillian Ransijn grounddelivery.org
- Malak Abdus-Salam
- Martha Whittington www.marthawhittington.com
- MaryGrace Phillips marygracephillips.virb.com
- Meredith Kooi meredithkooi.us
- Michael Reese michaelreesephotography.com
- Robbie Land
- Ruth Dusseault www.ruthdusseault.com
- Sean Shewmake
- Stephanie Dowda www.lostintheletters.org
Resources for Grant Seekers
Here are a few resources to consider:
The Georgia Center for Nonprofits
The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta
The Foundation Center of Atlanta
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
Tips for Individual Artists Writing a Compelling Grant Application
The Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) believes that providing the local arts community with financial assistance is an investment in the continued cultural growth of the city of Atlanta. At the same time, the Office recognizes that government resources are limited while demands for services are high. For this reason, the Office views its financial assistance role as that of a catalyst, helping to augment and strengthen a grantee’s overall base of support.
- Major Arts Organizations: project support (for outreach activities only) and operating support to the Atlanta’s established large-budget arts organizations.
- Arts Organizations: project and operating support for small to mid-size arts organizations.
- Community Cultural Development: project support for non-arts organizations to encourage arts programming initiatives that develop partnerships with local professional artists and meet specific needs in a targeted community.
- Artist Projects: support for arts and cultural activities initiated by individual practicing professional artists who live and work in the city.
- Emerging Artist Award: award recognition for artistic vision and achievement of new, upcoming, professional artists who live and create in Atlanta.
- power2give: matching support for crowd funded artistic projects posted to power2give.org.
Who We Fund
- Tax-exempt, non-profit arts organizations (1) incorporated in the State of Georgia, (2) headquartered in Atlanta, within the corporate limits, for at least one year prior to the application deadline, and (3) have 501©(3) IRS tax-exempt status.
- Tax-exempt, non-profit community organizations that are not involve in arts programming on a regular basis, but initiate arts programming as part of their service to the community (1) incorporated in the State of Georgia, (2) headquartered in Atlanta, within the corporate city limits, for at least a year prior to the application deadline, and (3) have 501©(3) IRS tax-exempt status.
- Practicing professional artists (1) who reside in Atlanta, within the corporate city limits, and (2) who have been residents for at least one year prior to the application deadline.
*Refer to the Application Guidelines for Eligibility Requirements for a specific funding category.
Who We Do Not Fund
- Private, for-profit organizations.
- Artists who reside outside the city of Atlanta, including areas classified as metropolitan Atlanta.
- Artists whose projects were funded during the most recent grant cycle.
- Contractors who have not successfully completed other OCA contracts within the last five years.
- Employees of the City of Atlanta.
All funded activities must take place within the city of Atlanta and result in presentations available to the general public.
What We Fund
- Publicly accessible arts programs in all arts disciplines that take place in the city of Atlanta.
- Administrative and marketing support to arts organizations related to audience development and community outreach.
- Community arts programs that provide arts opportunities to the public.
- Artistic components of festivals.
- Percentage of staff salaries related to funded projects and activities.
What We Do Not Fund
- Projects occurring outside the city of Atlanta.
- Private events that are closed to the general public; or exhibitions at commercial, privately owned galleries; or activities restricted to an organization’s membership.
- College/university or school projects that are a required part of the curriculum and/or which do not involve and serve a significant non-student population.
- Deficit or debt reduction, fund-raising, lobbying, building construction or renovation, purchase of equipment and real property.
- Hospitality and food costs.
- Projects of a religious nature that are designed to promote or inhibit religious belief and/or practice and which have no basis underlying secular theme or topic.
Each year, The Office of Cultural Affairs conducts Application Workshops for Contracts for Arts Services applicants. All 2013-2014 applicants are required to attend an application workshop. Workshops will provide an overview of the program, application tips and the review process.
Guidelines & Applications
The FY16 Contracts for Arts Services deadline was March 2, 2015. Please visit this page in December 2015 for information about the next grant deadline.
The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs piloted a new Neighborhood Arts Grants program designed to bring art directly into the community. This is a separate grant program, and the deadline was February 25, 2015. The application form below includes a brief Q&A section.
The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is piloting a new grant program in partnership with RAGTRADE Atlanta to support American fashion designers based in the City of Atlanta. The Atlanta Emerging Fashion Designer Award will grant five (5) fashion designers $1,500 each to assist with building their businesses as emerging designers in Atlanta. The application form below includes a brief Q&A section. The deadline is June 5, 2015. For additional questions, contact RAGTRADE at AEFD@ragtradeatlanta.com.
2015 Atlanta Emerging Fashion Designer Award:
For more information, contact RAGTRADE at AEFD@ragtradeatlanta.com.
2015-2016 CAS Applicants:
2015 Neighborhood Grant Applicants:
For more information, contact Selena Harper at 404-546-6895 or firstname.lastname@example.org.