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Contracts for Services to Georgia Nonprofits, Municipalities, IHEs, Schools, and Artists for Public Arts Programming

Contracts for Services (CFS) Program


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Fulton County
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Geographic Focus
USA: Georgia: Fulton County

Important Dates
Conference Date: 12/13/22
LOI Date: 12/07/22
Deadline: 01/16/23 11:59 PM Receipt Save

Grant Description
Contracts for services of up to $50,000 to Georgia nonprofit organizations, municipalities, artists, IHEs, arts and cultural institutions, and schools in eligible locations for arts programming that benefits the local community. Certain applicants must contact program staff before the application submission deadline. The purpose of the program is to provide enriching arts experiences through programs that offer access, participation, and appreciation of the arts for residents of Fulton County.

The Contracts for Services Program (CFS) seeks to strengthen the cultural health of individuals, organizations, and communities by awarding funding and providing technical assistance to non-profit organizations whose arts programming supports arts and cultural services to Fulton County residents. Funding is awarded through service contracts that specify the art services individual artists or organizations must provide in exchange for financial support from Fulton County. Funding is awarded for the following priorities:

  • Providing cultural access for the diverse citizenry of Fulton County with a focus on youth, seniors, individuals with disabilities, and populations and districts underserved through the arts
  • Catalyzing for capacity building and stabilizing arts and cultural organizations throughout the County
  • Encouraging the highest standards of artistic quality and excellence
  • Creating an environment that encourages the growth and development of arts organizations and individual artists
  • Stimulating neighborhood development and facilitating creativity within communities throughout Fulton County
  • Fostering partnerships between the public and private sectors of Fulton County
  • Contributing to the economic well-being of the community, including the ability to attract new businesses and residents

Funding Categories:

  • Operating Support Funds (OSF): Provides operating support for arts organizations
  • Project Support Funds (PSF): Provides project support to the following Fulton County-based groups
  • Emerging Arts Funds (EAF): Provides project support to emerging arts organizations with operating budgets under $100,000.
  • Arts Services Fund (ASF): Provides project or general operating support for the delivery of services that support arts & cultural organizations and artists.
  • Small Arts Projects Fund (SAPF): Provides project support for nonprofit arts organizations, municipalities, schools, colleges & universities, cultural organizations, and non-art nonprofit organizations
  • Individual Artist Funding: Provides support for the creation and delivery of small community-driven arts projects
  • Municipality Support Funds (MSF): Provides support for the 15 cities within Fulton County

For details on each of these Funding Categories, see


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility - Individual
Individual artists must provide evidence of their residential address as a part of the application process. A P.O. Box or mailing address is not eligible for verification. Please use the district finder map to verify your street address and include the district in which you reside:

Eligibility - Organizations and Cities
Municipalities, public schools, independent schools, not-for-profit schools, colleges, and universities must be based in Fulton County. To identify the district for your headquarters.

Nonprofits, Arts & Cultural Institutions & Civic Groups
CFS provides funding to non-profit organizations that meet the following conditions:
- The organization must be based in and provide the majority of its services within Fulton County.
- The organization must be incorporated as a nonprofit organization in the State of Georgia.
- The organization must be able to document acceptance of nonprofit status by the Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c) (3) or hold other nonprofit status or have a designated nonprofit fiscal agent.
- Newly formed organizations with a 501 (c) 3 status less than three years of are eligible to apply for up to $5,000 for their first year funding request in the Emerging Arts Fund category. The age of the organization is determined by the effective date for the 501 (c) 3 as designated by the IRS and identified on the Letter of Designation.
- First-time applicants with a 501(c) (3) status for years and above (all budget sizes ) are eligible to apply in the Project Support Funds category.

Individual artists
CFS provides funding to artists that meet the following conditions:
- Individual artists are eligible to apply for funding support only in the Individual Artist category
- Artists must have a residence in Fulton
- Reside in Fulton County for at least one year before the deadline, and live and work in Fulton County.
- A post office box or studio is not allowed as proof of the individual artist's Fulton County residency status.

CFS provides funding to Fulton County cities that meet the following conditions:
- Cultural Divisions or units or Departments of one of the 15 Fulton County municipalities are eligible to apply for project support for art activities which are open to the public.

Colleges, Universities and Local schools
CFS provides funding to local colleges, universities and secondary schools that meet the following conditions:
- Units or departments of higher education institutions are eligible to apply for project support for activities open to the public, and that reach or serve a significant (50% or more) nonstudent population.
- Local schools must present curriculum-based arts education projects that engage arts educators and professional artists in planning and execution. These projects must be open to the public. Nonprofit, independent schools are eligible to apply for community-based arts programs only.
- The applicant must demonstrate in the application how the project will reach its targeted audience.
- Activities must be led by an arts professional.

Organizations With a Regional or Statewide Focus
CFS provides funding to regional institutions that meet the following conditions:
- Institutions that offer the majority of their programming on a regional or statewide basis are not eligible for general support. Instead, these organizations are eligible to apply only for project support for activities taking place in Fulton County. The organization must focus on a cohesive project that has a direct impact on Fulton County.
- This policy affects institutions that have an administrative office (organizational headquarters) in Fulton County but whose services are provided mostly outside the boundaries of Fulton County. Please note that this policy does not affect Fulton County based organizations with programs that attract a regional or statewide audience to Fulton County.

Additional eligibility information can be found at

Information about ineligible entities or individuals can be found at

Information about ineligible programs and expenses can be found at

Pre-Proposal Conference
FCAC will offer virtual application workshops to review the guidelines and application process. All CFS workshops are FREE to Fulton County-based organizations and artists. New applicants and new staff members of returning organizations are encouraged attend.

Application review Webinar One
Date: November 18, 2022
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 P.M.

Application review Webinar Two
Date: November 30, 2022
Time: 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Application review Webinar Three
Date: December 8, 2022
Time: 3:00 – 4:00 P.M.

Application review Webinar Four
Date: December 13, 2022
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 P.M.

Pre-Application Information
- Letters of interest will be accepted from November 14 - December 7, 2022.
- The NEW deadline to submit applications is Monday, January 16, 2023
- Panel Review: February 2023
- Project Cycle: January 1 - December 31, 2023
- Notification: May 2023

First-time applicants should submit a letter of intent for staff feedback.

First-time applicants and previous applicants who were not awarded funding in the 2022 cycle are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to attend an application workshop. New applicants unable to attend an application workshop should call staff to schedule an appointment with the Contracts for Services staff or use the self-guided tool online.

Applicants applying for the 2022 funding cycle but were not funded are strongly encouraged to contact the CFS staff at least ten (10) working days before the deadline to discuss previous panel comments and approaches to strengthen the 2022 application. Assistance from the staff does not guarantee a positive review from the community panel or a recommendation for funding. Staff recommend that new and first-time applicants attend an application workshop facilitated by FCAC or select the on demand workshop for the online self-guided review.

Individuals and organizations that did not apply in the 2021 or 2022 funding cycles but were funded by FCAC before the past two contract cycles MUST contact the staff at least fifteen (15) working days before the deadline to discuss their application and eligibility.

Individuals or organizations needing technical assistance can call staff to set up an appointment. Appointment requests will not be accepted one week before the deadline.

Please Note:
- Applications can be accessed electronically via WebGrants.
- New applicants must register on WebGrants to establish a profile.
- 2022 Contractors not in compliance with the submission of the 2021 final report are not eligible to seek financial support for FY2023. To apply for funding all final reports must be received by the published deadline date.
- Applications must be submitted by 11:59 P.M. on the due date.
- Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered for funding.
- Applicants may not apply in more than one (1) funding category per funding cycle.
- Applicants cannot submit more than one application per funding cycle.

CFS FY23 Application Webinar - November 18, 2022 : Cloud Recording:

Estimated Size of Grant
- Operating Support Funds (OSF) – Funding up to $50,000
- Project Support Funds (PSF) – Funding up to $50,000
- Emerging Arts Funds (EAF) – Funding up to $10,000
- Arts Services Fund (ASF) – Funding up to $50,000
- Small Arts Projects Fund (SAPF) – Funding up to $5,000
- Individual Artist Funding – Awards up to $5,000
- Municipality Support Funds (MSF) - Funding $10,000 to $50,000

Term of Contract
Programming must take place between January 1 through December 31, 2022.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Direct questions and LOIs to:
Shantras Lakes, Contracts for Services Program Manager

Tasha Tavaras, Contracts for Services Grants & Contract Specialist

Fulton County Arts and Culture
141 Pryor St. SW - Suite 2030
Atlanta, GA 30303

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