Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund

Arts, culture and creativity enhance the lives and the work of people and communities.

A Reflection of Us

At the Community Foundation, we value the work of the arts because they reflect who we have been and who we’re becoming—as individuals and as a culture. Throughout the Atlanta region, the arts connect communities of geography and communities of interest.

In particular, small and midsized organizations are core to the rhythm and vibrancy of Atlanta. They show new work, incubate ideas and debut talent. They offer safe places for experimentation. They add to countless micro-economies throughout the city. And they also frequently struggle to keep the doors open and the lights on, even as they offer such a valuable resource for our area.

The Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund focuses on the 250+ small and midsized arts groups in the Atlanta area with an operating budget of less than $2 million. The Arts Fund provides strategic funds to support and strengthen small and midsized arts organizations so that they may attract, serve and build audiences across the Atlanta region.

As the only independent endowed fund exclusively for the arts in metropolitan Atlanta, the Arts Fund provides a unique opportunity for donors to support a wide range of arts organizations with one contribution. The Arts Fund provides combinations of grant funding, professional coaching and post grant mentoring that helps ensure an organization’s success.

The Arts Fund cycle will be combined with the General Operating Support cycle. Guidelines for the 2016 General Operating Cycle can be found here. The General Operating Support Guidelines should be followed, however with the following differences in eligibility criteria for the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund:

  • Must have a primary focus on presenting, producing, or providing arts programming for the public
  • Must have an annual operating budget less than $2 million
  • Must have at least one full-time, paid employee
  • Must have a minimum operating history of two years after its 501(c)(3) designation
  • Must pay artists and performers associated with cultural programming

For more information about grants from Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, please contact:

Jonathan Katz
Program Associate

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2016 Grant Cycle Timeline

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Eligibility and Application Materials

General Operating Support Guidelines


Over 550 arts, business and philanthropic leaders joined together on December 3, 2015 at the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead to “Amp up the Arts” at the Community Foundation’s 20th annual Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund luncheon.

The event’s keynote speaker was Steven J. Tepper, a leading writer and scholar on U.S. cultural policy and creativity, who discussed how artists and arts leaders are reshaping the relationship between art and the city. During his keynote he empowered listeners with his stories of how he has fostered national discussions around topics of cultural engagement, everyday creativity and the transformative possibilities of a 21st century creative campus.

Watch Tepper’s keynote and other Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund videos on the Foundation’s YouTube channel here.


Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund Advisory Committee

    • Charlene Crusoe-Ingram, Chair
      Community Volunteer
    • Elizabeth Adams
      Community Volunteer
    • Susan Antinori
      Community Volunteer
    • Kristina Christy
      Wells Fargo
    • Lynda Courts
      Community Volunteer
    • Erica deChicchis
      PNC Financial Services Group
    • Adina Erwin
      The Fox Theatre
    • Andrew Feiler
      MDI Strategies
    • Gabrielle Fulton
    • Amy Githens
      The Coca-Cola Company


  • Kwanza Hall
    Atlanta City Council
  • Lane Carlock Howard
  • Lyn Hunt
    Community Volunteer
  • Carrie Kurlander
  • Max Leventhal
    Woodruff Arts Center
  • Camille Love
    City of Atlanta, 
    Office of Cultural Affairs
  • Ivan Pulinkala
    Kennesaw State University
  • Lain Shakespeare
  • Lesley Grady, 
    ex officio
    The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

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