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 , 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.

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



2015-2016 Grantees

Major Arts Organizations

Arts Organizations

Community Organizations

Individual Artists


Funding Philosophy
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.

Funding Categories

  • 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


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.

Eligible Activities
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.

Application Workshops
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 FY17 Contracts for Arts Services deadline is March 2, 2016. Please visit this page in mid to late December 2015 for more information about the FY17 grant cycle.

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs is pleased to continue the Neighborhood Arts Grants program designed to bring art directly into the community. This is a separate grant program, and the deadline is March 2, 2016. The new guidlines and application forms will be available in late fall.

2016-2017 CAS Applicants: Our FY2017 guidelines will be available in late fall of 2015

  • 2016Guidelines  (These are last year’s guidelines. Please note we will update this in late fall)

2016-2017 Neighborhood Arts Grants Applicants: Our FY2017 guidelines will be available in late fall of 2015

For more information, please contact

Alex Siclait, Project Supervisor at 404-546-6895 or [email protected]

Dominique Hite, Adminstrative Assistant at 404-546-7939 or [email protected]