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FY22 Vibrant Communities Grant

Grants to Georgia Nonprofits, Agencies, Libraries, and IHEs
in Eligible Counties for Community-Based Arts Programs

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Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA)

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Deadline Date:

08/31/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Georgia nonprofit organizations, local government agencies, public libraries, schools, and institutions of higher education in eligible counties for community-based arts initiatives. Funding is intended to support projects such as art exhibits, concerts, festivals, public art, artist residencies, theater productions, and - due to the potential impact of COVID-19 - online programs. An eligible applicant must be located in a county in which no organization received an FY22 GCA Project, Partner or Arts Education Grant.

Projects may involve professional artists and/or local community members. For instance, a community could present an exhibit of work by professional artists or a showcase of work by local non-professionals. Eligible projects may also include professional development and capacity-building projects, such as attendance at an arts conference, the engagement of a consultant to complete a strategic plan, etc. 

Due to the potential ongoing impact of COVID on arts programs during FY22, GCA is including online programs on the list of program types eligible for Vibrant Communities Grant funding.

Eligible projects could include, but are not limited to:

  • Performances (theater, dance, or music; may be in person or virtual)
  • Art exhibits
  • Workshops/classes (in person or virtual)
  • Demonstrations (in person or virtual)
  • Readings (in person or virtual)
  • Murals
  • Sculpture
  • Public art
  • Residencies (in person or virtual)
  • In-school (or virtual) programs for students
  • Arts festivals
  • Arts programs with seniors (in person or virtual)
  • Arts programs with Veterans or military populations (in person or virtual)
  • Arts programs in hospitals or residential care facilities
  • Arts programs with incarcerated individuals
  • Transportation and admission for field trips (must be within the applicant’s county)
  • A classroom residency by an artist (in person or virtual)
  • Professional development related to arts program development or arts management (in person or virtual)
  • Capacity building for arts programs or arts organizations (in person or virtual)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186699

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request no more than $5,000 and no less than $1,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed between October 15, 2021 and June 1, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants must be one of the following:
- A non-profit organization that has been designated a 501(c)3 organization by the IRS AND is registered with the Georgia Secretary of State
- A local government entity (state and federal government entities are not eligible to apply)
- A public library
- A school, college or university

If the applicant organization is a non-profit organization, then attach a copy of the organization’s IRS 501(c)3 letter. You may not substitute any other type of document for the IRS letter. The IRS letter must belong to the applicant organization as GCA does not allow fiscal agents. Public schools, public libraries, units of government, and public colleges/universities are not required to submit an IRS 501(c)3 letter.

An eligible applicant must be located in a county in which no organization received an FY22 GCA Project, Partner or Arts Education Grant. For a list of eligible counties, see: An eligible applicant organization must be physically located in one of the Georgia counties listed. Arts projects must take place within the county in which the applicant is located.

Eligible applications must not include programming that promotes a specific religious doctrine or political party or candidate.

While this grant will support in-school programs for students under age 18, it will not support programs exclusively for college or university students.

This grant will not support programs that are not arts-based. Examples of ineligible programs include, but are not limited to: history or science-based exhibits or lectures, magic shows or magicians, petting zoos, rental of inflatable jumpers, war reenactments, face painters, balloon twisters, cooking/culinary events, jugglers or circus arts, 5K races and other physical education events, parades, and fireworks.

For a list of ineligible expenses, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be an online webinar training on Tuesday, August 3 at 2:00 PM.

GCA staff will review the required elements of the application, offer tips on setting up a project, and answer questions from participants. Applicants are not required to participate in the webinar in order to submit an application

To register, go to:

A recording of the webinar will be posted on the GCA website.

Pre-Application Information:

- August 31, 2021: Deadline for application at 11:59 p.m.
- October 15, 2021: Applicants are notified whether or not they received an award
- October 15, 2021: Grantees may begin working on projects
- November 12, 2021: Deadline for grantees to return grant contracts and required forms
- November 2021-May 2022: Grantees may submit a Request for Reimbursement Form.
- November 2021-May 2022: Final reports are due 30 days after the completion of the project
- May 1, 2022: Deadline to notify GCA if grantees anticipate that not all of the grant funds will be spent
- June 1, 2022: All projects must be completed
- June 15, 2022: All Final Reports are due for projects completed through June 1

To create an account on the online system, you will need your organization’s Federal Employment Identification Number (FEIN) and a DUNS number. If you will not receive your DUNS number prior to the grant deadline, you may proceed with registration by entering 111111111 as your DUNS number. However, if you receive a grant, you must submit your organization’s actual DUNS number before GCA can issue a grant contract.

GCA is compiling a list of artists and programs that organizations may present with a Vibrant Communities Grant. Applicants are not required to use an artist on this list. GCA is providing the list as a reference for organizations that are looking for projects for their communities. Applicants may find the Vibrant Communities Artist List on the GCA website (at the URL for Full Text below) beginning July 30, 2021.

The amount being requested cannot exceed 2/3 of total expenses.

A 50 % cash match is required.

The Vibrant Communities Grant is a reimbursement grant.

Eligible applications must be the only application from an eligible organization. Multiple applications from the same applicant will not be considered for funding.

Training Workshop:

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

For questions, contact:
Allen Bell
Director of Grants and Research
(404) 962-4839

Individuals with disabilities requiring assistance or information in a different format should please contact:
Delilah Johnson-Brown, Grants Specialist

Georgia Council for the Arts
Georgia Department of Economic Development
75 Fifth Street, NW, Suite 1200
Atlanta, GA 30308

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