The Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) provides up to $1,500 per organization to fund art programs in Georgia. The goal of the program is to ensure that all Georgians have access to the arts. All 159 Georgia Counties receive funding based on an equal per-capita allocation. Arts Clayton has been appointed by the Georgia Council for the Arts as the FY2010 re-granting agency for the Grassroots Arts Program in Butts, Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Newton, Rockdale, and Spalding counties. The Grassroots Arts Program is supported by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. Georgia Council for the Arts is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) 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. Established groups may also apply for GAP funding to make quality improvements – to get to “the next level” of artistry – or to expand their programs and develop new audiences, especially in underserved communities. GAP is available to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations for Art related programming. 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 encourages local collaborations between artists, arts organizations, and non-arts organizations in order to serve a broad range of Georgia’s residents. 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. GAP projects will create new opportunities for citizens to experience the arts, while fostering greater awareness and developing local partnerships in the arts.
Six GAP grant writing workshops will be offered in September. The purpose of the workshops is to demystify the grant-writing process for potential applicants. These workshops are free of charge – however seating may be limited and pre-registration is required. All applicants (especially new and first-time applicants) are strongly encouraged to attend.
FY2010 Grant Workshops are currently scheduled on Wednesday September 9 at 5:30 pm; Tuesday September 15 at 10 am and 1:30 pm; Thursday, September 17 at 1:30 pm; Tuesday September 22 at 10 am; and Saturday September 26 at 10 am. 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 and first-time applicants) are strongly encouraged to attend. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 obtain the 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, 2010.
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 www.artsclayton.org where you may download the FY 2010 application and granting guidelines; email Arts Clayton at email@example.com 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. The deadline for submitting FY 2010 completed GAP applications is October 5, 2009 at 4 p.m.
About Arts Clayton:
Arts Clayton, Inc. is a non- profit, community service arts agency promoting Georgia artists with a focus on the South Metro area. For more information please visit the Arts Clayton website at www.artsclayton.org
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