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Preservation Grants Program

Grants to Georgia Nonprofits for the
Refurbishment of Historic Theatres

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Foundation / Corporation

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Fox Theatre Institute (FTI)

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Deadline Date:

08/15/21 Postmarked


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Georgia nonprofit organizations for capital projects on historic properties that have a cultural or economic impact on the community. Eligible uses of funds include project-related building materials, project-related labor costs, and consulting service fees. The goal of the program is to award funding for historic theatres throughout the state. Grant award winners will also receive operations expertise and guidance through seminars, and strategic planning fostering professional development.

Categories include Preservation, Historic Structure Studies & Planning, Technical Assistance, and Urgent/Emergency Fund Grants.

Preservation Grant

The preservation grant was the first category of those awarded by FTI and designed to complete projects and develop community-wide participation at the local level. The grant is awarded to assist theaters in completing projects including acquiring historic property, purchase and installation of equipment, and renovation/construction of property. For more information, see:

Historic Structure Studies & Planning Grants

Grants for Historic Structures Studies or Planning are awarded on an annual basis to support the completion of a Historic Structures Study or Planning – the first steps in the care of historic structures. FTI can also provide guidance on how to implement the study or planning process, and where and how to secure expertise. For more information, see:

Technical Assistance Grants

These grant funds enable awardees direct access to experts in the field and to other resources in order to meet a range of specific technical needs. For more information, see:

Urgent/Emergency Fund Grants

Urgent or Emergency support is available to historic theaters and related structures in emergency situations, when immediate and unanticipated work is needed to save a historic structure. For more information, see:

Applications should emphasize the following:

  • The historic significance of the property to be assisted and evidence of community support.
  • The need for funding and the urgency of the project or the long-term objectives or impact of the project.
  • Increased cultural and/or economic impact for the community.
  • Involvement of collaborations and partnerships that leverage additional public and private investment.
  • The adequacy of plans to meet the current needs and for the future care and maintenance of the theater or the continuation for the activity for which grant support is requested.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181575

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Applicants may apply for grants starting at $15,000 to upwards of $50,000.
- Multi-phased projects may apply for funding for three consecutive years not to exceed $500,000 during this three-year period.

Term of Contract:

- Apart from expansive, multi-phased projects, grant projects must be completed by June 15, 2022.
- Grant projects must begin within six months of award date – otherwise, the grant award is subject to review.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for grant funding, properties must be:
- Owned by a public agency, 501(c)(3), or other nonprofit organization.
- 50 years or older and/or:
-- Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
-- Listed as a National Historic Landmark.
-- Contributing member of a National Register Historic District.
-- Listed as a contributing resource to a local historic district.
-- Eligible for any of the above categories.

Out-of-state applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must demonstrate a substantial economic impact on the development of the community.

Awards for Urgent or Emergency support are not given in instances of obvious demolition by neglect of either private or public ownership.

Ineligible Expenses:
- Staff or faculty salaries
- Organizational overhead costs
- Catering, food and beverage, entertainment
- Expenses incurred prior to award date

Pre-proposal Conference:

FTI strongly recommends that all potential grant applicants attend at least one of the upcoming virtual grant workshops. This virtual presentation will review the different grant funding categories and how to submit a complete application.

Organizations may register for one or both of the two grant workshops, which will be held on the following dates:

- Tuesday, June 29th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
- Tuesday, July 13th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
- Please note that there will be a Q&A session from 11:30 am – 12:00 pm during both sessions.

To register for a grant workshop, please use this link:

Once registered, you will receive details about how to join the virtual workshops via Zoom.

Pre-Application Information:

Completed applications for the 2021-2022 Fox Theatre Institute Preservation Grant Program are due August 15, 2021. This is a postmark deadline and grant applications will not be accepted after this deadline.

The FTI Grant Committee reviews the grant applications and grant award notifications are sent out via email in late October 2021.

FTI suggests but does not require an initial phone call or meeting to review the project, the needs, and to obtain guidance on the grant application.

The Fox Theatre Institute (FTI) will have one application instead of four separate applications specific to the different funding categories. Please note in your application the specific category to which you are applying for funding.

The 2021-2022 fiscal year grant cycle will not require a cash match.

Organizations may submit applications for more than one Urgent or Emergency Needs grant per cycle.

Organizations may apply for support only once per grant cycle in the following categories:
- Historic Structures Studies or Planning
- Periodic Technical Assistance and Services
- Preservation Grant
- (Organizations may apply for Urgent or Emergency Needs grant support in addition to one of the categories listed above.)

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Completed applications should be returned to:

Leigh Burns, Director
The Fox Theatre Institute
660 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

Please direct questions to or or call (404) 882-2023.

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