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Grants to Georgia Nonprofits, Agencies, Libraries, Schools, and IHEs for K-12 Arts Programming

Arts Education Program Grant


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Funding Source
Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Georgia

Important Dates
Conference Date: 01/16/24
Deadline: 03/01/24 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $8,000 to Georgia nonprofit organizations, government agencies, public libraries, schools, and IHEs for arts programming designed for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Funding is intended to support activities in a wide range of artistic disciplines, including music, dance, theater, media arts, visual arts, and creative writing. Arts Education Program Grants support schools and organizations whose work demonstrates the meaningful intersection between excellence in the arts and education.

Program Eligibility:

Arts education programs eligible for funding include:

  • Arts programs delivered to K-12 students in a variety of disciplines, including visual art, music, theatre, dance, media arts, and creative writing
  • In-school, after-school, or summer arts programs delivered to K-12 students
  • Arts integration or STEAM programs in K-12 classrooms
  • Teaching artist residencies in K-12 classrooms
  • Arts assembly programs at K-12 schools
  • Virtual programs delivered to K-12 students, including live streaming and recorded programs

Eligible programs must include a partnership between:

  • A school and a nonprofit organization or government agency, or
  • A school and a teaching artist, or
  • A nonprofit organization or government agency and a teaching artist 

Applicant programs should address a specific need in a specific school or among a specific student population and have measureable outcomes. Eligible programs may include professional development in the program scope and budget, but may not be solely comprised of professional development. The Arts Education Program Grant is intended to fund a specific program or project, not to support all of the annual programming for an organization or school. 

Grant Description:

  • The Arts Education Program Grant provides support for arts education programs produced by organizations, schools, or agencies located in Georgia. Programs may be one-time events, such as an arts assembly or visiting artist program, or a series of events, such as a teaching artist residency, afterschool program, or summer arts program. Programs with multiple components must demonstrate that there is a cohesive thread and singular goal that ties the elements together. The program must serve K-12 students; however, programming does not have to take place at a school or during school hours. FY25 Arts Education Program Grant applications may request support for virtual programs, which may be live streamed or recorded.

For information regarding eligible projects, see:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Arts Education Program Grants are awarded to all types of schools and organizations, from large to small, urban to rural, and first-time applicants to experienced grantees. GCA strongly encourages all types of eligible schools, organizations, and agencies to apply.

All eligible applicants must:
- Be located in Georgia.
- Be registered with the Georgia Secretary of State.
- Have completed all requirements of any GCA or State of Georgia grant received in or prior to FY23. Organizations that received FY24 grants may apply for FY25 funding.

Performing arts groups such as a band or a chamber music quartet organized as non-profits will be eligible to apply if a majority of the group’s members live in Georgia.

An eligible applicant must be one of the following:
- A non-profit organization located within Georgia and registered with the Georgia Secretary of State and the IRS; organizations must have attained non-profit status prior to the grant deadline of March 1, 2024
- A school
- A public library
- A government department or agency, such as a city, county, or local authority
- An entity within a college or university that:
o Has its own community advisory board (see definition on page 20)
o Receives at least 20% of its income for the program from outside of the college/university
o Is not an academic department within the college/university
o Manages its own budget

GCA will accept applications from parent organizations, but not fiscal agents.

Organizations with a parent organization based in another state, but with a chapter in Georgia may apply for arts education program support for the Georgia chapter; however, they must meet the requirements listed here:

Not eligible:
- Individuals
- Organizations with fiscal agents
- Non-profit organizations that do not have their own IRS 501(c)3 non-profit status
- Corporations or for-profit businesses
- Organizations that are based outside of Georgia

For information regarding ineligible uses of funds, see:

For information regarding ineligible expenses, see:

Pre-Proposal Conference
FY25 Arts Education Program Grant Online Application Workshop - Tuesday, January 16, 2024, at 1:00 p.m.

To access the online workshop, click the link and enter as a Guest by typing your first and last name:

Pre-Application Information
Arts Education Program Grant Timeline
- Application Deadline - March 1, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.
- Grant Panel Process - April-June 2024
- Final Funding Decisions - June 2024
- Notification of Funding to Grantees - July 2024
- Contract Delivered and Returned - July/August 2024
- Final Reports Due – 30 days after the completion of the funded project (projects that are completed on June 20, 2025, will have a final report deadline of July 31, 2025)

The application with all required components must be completely uploaded into GCA’s online grant application system, no later than 11:59 p.m. on March 1, 2024. GCA strongly encourages applicants to submit the application well ahead of the deadline so that there is time to upload all attachments and to request technical assistance, if necessary. No changes to the application can be made, nor will additional material be accepted, after the deadline.

Please Note: GCA staff will not be available to assist with questions or to resolve technical issues after 5:00 p.m. on the day of the application deadline, March 1, 2024.

The grant request may not be more than 66% of total project expenses. The budget must show a 50% cash match for the requested amount. GCA grants are matching grants.

Applicants may only submit one Arts Education Program Grant application per fiscal year.

Estimated Size of Grant
Grant Request: Between $1,500 and $8,000

Term of Contract
Projects Must Take Place: July 1, 2024-June 30, 2025 for FY25 grants

Contact Information
Apply Online:

If you have questions about the Arts Education Program Grant application, guidelines, or the application process, please contact: Emily Yewell Volin, Grants and Arts Education Programs Manager at or 404-962-4015.

People with disabilities who require assistance with this information or who need this information in a different format, please contact:
Karen Hampton, Accessibility Coordinator
Georgia Council for the Arts • 75 Fifth Street NW, Suite 1200 • Atlanta, GA, 30308
404-962-4097 •

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