Applications are now open for Richmond County-based arts nonprofit organizations to apply for City Arts Grants for fiscal year 2020. The application deadline is August 9. Established by the City of Augusta to increase the cultural significance of our region, the City Arts grants redistribute just over $70,000 to our local arts organizations to fund their programs and projects each year. The Greater Augusta Arts Council administers the program on behalf of the city of Augusta – Richmond County.
By providing these funds, leaders of the City of Augusta recognize the importance of the arts in our community. By financially supporting a range of artistic disciplines and expressions, the city shows that it understands the impact art can make – on the quality of life of our residents, on the economy, and the growth of our community as a whole.
Funding through City Arts Granting enables arts organizations to:
- Provide programming and educational opportunities throughout Augusta and Richmond County
- To promote Metro Augusta as an arts destination
- To build the capacity and stability of Augusta’s arts and cultural organizations
- To enhance the economic development of the city through the arts
- To share arts programs and activities with underserved audiences
There are two types of grants provided by the City Arts Grants program – Art Works and Art Challenge. Art Works grants are designed for an organization to receive general operating funds, while Art Challenge grants provide funding for new and existing special projects.
All City Arts Grants guidelines and application materials, including final report forms for returning grant recipients, can be found online at augustaarts.com/city-grants. Application Deadline : August 9, 2019.
Grant applications are adjudicated in a public process that is free from conflicts of interests and assures fairness and professionalism. The review panel is made up of artists, business leaders, city officials and community members who are tasked with rating organizations based on stringent guidelines regarding professionalism, proven fiscal responsibility, and strength of purpose. These ratings are used to determine the award amounts. The Board of Directors of the Greater Augusta Arts Council then votes to approve the recommendations from the review panel and the organizations are notified of their award. Awards are only given to arts-based nonprofit organizations located and programming within Richmond County.