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.
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
Applications for the 2013-2014 grant cycle will be accepted electronically. Please see the Guidelines posted below for eligibility requirements and deadline information. ALL APPLICANTS are required to attend an application workshop or webinar. The Office of Cultural Affairs seeks to support programs that educate and expose the public to a rich and diverse range of cultural expressions and provide equal access to the arts. As such, we encourage you to develop programs that represent the cultural diversity of the city and to target areas that may not have cultural programming on an ongoing basis. Below, you will find several pertinent resources:
- 2013-2014 Contracts for Arts Services Guidelines
- 2013-2014 Application Workshop 3
- Application Workshop via Webinar
- 2013-2014 Application Forms Applications are due by 11:59pm on August 26, 2013. The system will not accept late applications.
For more information, contact Selena Harper at 404-546-6895 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of Cultural Affairs is proud to present the list of organizations and individuals awarded funding through Contracts for Arts Services in the 2012-2013 fiscal year:
7 Stages Theatre
Actor’s Express Theatre
Alliance Francaise d’Atlanta
American Jewish Committee, Atlanta Chapter
Art Papers, Inc.
Atlanta Celebrates Photography
Atlanta Chamber Players
Atlanta Contemporary Art Center
Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus
Atlanta Music Project
Atlanta Preservation Center
Atlanta Printmakers Studio
Atlanta Shakespeare Company
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta – Youth Art Connection
Center for Puppetry Arts
Clark Atlanta University – English Department
Dad’s Garage Theatre
Dance Canvas, Inc.
Flux Projects, Inc.
Full Radius Dance
Gateway Performance Productions
Georgia Lawyers for the Arts
Georgia State University – Rialto Center for the Arts
Good Moves Dance Consort
Hammonds House Museum
High Museum of Art
Horizon Theatre Company
Kenny Leon’s True Colors Theatre
Metropolitan Atlanta Community Band
Moving in the Spirit
Museum of Design Atlanta
National Black Arts Festival
Out of Hand Theater
The Atlanta Opera
The Essential Theatre
The Fox Theatre
The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
The Wren’s Nest
Theatre du Reve
Urban Youth Harp Ensemble
VSA Arts of Georgia
Young Audiences – Woodruff Arts Center
Zoetic Dance Ensemble
Emerging Artist Award