Arts and culture create the lives, the work and the reflection of who we have been and who we are becoming. At the same time, the arts keep us connected to our community and to each other. They infuse creativity into our lives and inspire us to act. They bring us together and then leave us seeing our world in a new light. In a time when we are globally connected with other people, cultures and economies at an unprecedented level, the arts help us understand each other and make sense of our world in the most authentic way.
In Atlanta, our arts community continues to grow and expand along with our region. Our artists—and the small and midsized arts organizations that are the closest to them—are a regional asset. On any given day, you can see a play or improv, view exhibitions of fine art or film, hear spoken word or attend a ballet in different communities in the region. While the creativity and discovery is what we experience as an audience, behind each event is a team of individuals driving the production, development, marketing, financials and more.
The Arts Fund provides strategic funding for general unrestricted operations. The goal is to strengthen arts organizations in the Atlanta region. A recent extensive evaluation revealed that Arts Fund grantees have experienced transformative impacts beyond the immediate goal of a grant, including: strengthened artist product; strengthened overall organizational unity and effectiveness; increased, diversified and leveraged revenue; improved communications systems; improved their organizational profile in the community; increased staff efficiency; and more, resulting in more stable, survivable financial positions.
The Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund is a community initiative of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, founded in partnership with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and established with substantial support from The Coca-Cola Company.
In 2013, the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund will continue focus on providing strategic General Operating Support to eligible nonprofits and access to resources to increase Nonprofit Effectiveness.
Letter of Intent Instructions
Final Application Instructions
Cash Flow Worksheet (template)
Cash Flow Worksheet (instructions)
Board Information Form
2013 Grant Schedule
April 17: Orientation session (Watch video of session | Download PDF of slides)
May 8: Letter of Intent due
June 28: Final Applications due (by invitation only)
Mid October: Grants awarded
Grant Orientation Session
The Arts Fund conducted a grant orientation session to discuss the Arts Fund grant process, guidelines and application. A recording of the session is available.
Wednesday, April 17, 2-3:30 pm
Recording of session: (Watch video of session | Download PDF of slides)
The Arts Fund’s Advisory Committee oversees all activities of the initiative. Its grant and policy recommendations are reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors of The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. The Advisory Committee includes arts, community and business leaders.