Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Grassroots Arts Program Provides Up to $2000 per Organization to Fund the Arts

The Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) provides up to $2,000 per organization to fund art programs in Georgia. The goal of the program is to ensure that all Georgians have access to the arts. Arts Clayton has been appointed by the Georgia Council for the Arts as the FY2009 re-granting agency for the Grassroots Arts Program in Butts, Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Newton, Rockdale, and Spalding counties.

Funded by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly, the Grassroots Arts Program is designed to help smaller, emerging groups get off the ground – to “fill in the gap” between start-up and when an organization is ready to apply directly for larger funding or become self-sustaining.

GAP projects will create new opportunities for citizens to experience the arts, while fostering greater awareness and developing local partnerships in the arts. Examples of projects eligible for funding include: visual arts exhibits, concerts, readings, theater and dance performances, film programs, folk art projects, storytelling, workshops, and art festivals. Projects combining arts and education are encouraged.

This statewide arts program is designed to encourage local collaborations between artists, arts organizations, and non-arts organizations in order to serve a broad range of Georgia’s residents. All 159 Georgia Counties receives an equal per-capita allocation. Funding for art projects is open to any non-profit 50l(c)(3) tax exempt organization or unit of local government. Civic clubs, churches, theatre groups, arts festivals, Boys & Girls clubs, schools, parent-teacher organizations, libraries, Senior Citizens’ Centers, Parks & Recreation Departments also may be eligible to apply.

Four GAP grant writing workshops will be held at the Arts Clayton Gallery, located at 136 S. Main Street in Downtown Jonesboro. The purpose of the workshops is to demystify the grant-writing process for potential applicants. These workshops are free of charge, however pre-registration is required and all applicants (especially new / first time applicants) are strongly encouraged to attend. Workshop times are: Tuesday, September 9 at 10 am; Thursday, September 11 at 1 pm; Monday, September 15 at 6 pm; and Saturday, September 20 at 10 am. Please email with your name, organization, contact information and which workshop session you wish to reserve and attend or call Sara Cookson at 770-473-5775. Applicants should visit the Arts Clayton website at to obtain application forms and funding guidelines prior to attending, and should bring their rough draft applications with them.

Funded projects must be accessible to the general public, must provide 50% of the total project cost as a cash match for the grant, and projects must be completed by June 30, 2009. For more information about the Grassroots Arts Program, to discuss a potential project, or to request assistance with an application, visit the Arts Clayton website at where you may download the application and granting guidelines; email Arts Clayton at to request information; or call Sara Cookson at Arts Clayton 770-473-5775.

There is plenty of time to apply for the GRASSROOTS ART PROGRAM (GAP) grants. Forms and granting guidelines are available online at The deadline for submitting FY09 completed GAP applications is October 3, 2008 at 4 p.m.
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