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Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra,
Johns Creek, GA

FY20 Partner and Program Grant Guidelines and Applications Available

Georgia Council for the Arts' FY20 Project and Partner Grant guidelines are now available on GCA's website. The deadline for applications is February 6, 2019, at 11:59 p.m.

Online workshops held earlier this month reviewed the requirements for each grant along with tips for submitting a successful application. Click either of the following links to access the recording of the online training workshop.

Project Grant Training Webinar

Partner Grant Training Webinar

For questions and additional information about Project or Partner grants, contact Tina Lilly, GCA Grants Program Director, at or 404-962-4827.
Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA

GCA FY19 Partner, Project, Arts Education, and Vibrant Communities Grant Timeline

Recipients of FY19 Partner, Project, Arts Education, and Vibrant Communities grants are in the middle of their funded programs and seasons. As a reminder, we have put together a brief timeline for CRRs, payments, and final reports.

Now-June 2019 - Partner, Project, and Arts Education grantees may submit CRR forms to request payment of the grant award up to 90%. Vibrant Communities grantees may submit CRR forms to request payment of the grant award up to 80%. Payment processing and delivery usually takes 4-6 weeks.

Now-July 2019 - Final reports and CRR forms for the final 10% of the grant award are due during these months. All final reports are due no later than 30 days after the end of the funded project. For Partner Grants, 30 days after the end of the funding period is July 31, 2019.

Also, GCA wants to remind all grantees to thank their state legislators for grant funds allocated for FY19. Without the commitment of the Governor and the General Assembly, these grants would not be possible.

Please note: If a grantee is not going to spend the full grant amount, GCA must know early enough in the fiscal year to reallocate those funds to another arts project. If GCA is not notified about unused funds until late in the fiscal year (May-June), there is not time to reallocate the money and it must be returned to the state’s general fund. In the recent past, unused funds in one year have had a negative impact on GCA’s budget in the following year. Please help us protect and utilize all of the state’s arts appropriation by submitting your Final Report on time and notifying GCA as soon as possible if you believe that you will not utilize all of your grant funds.

If you have questions about grant contracts or payment processing, please contact Sanaa Furqan, Grants Administrative Coordinator, at or 404-962-4837.
Springer Theatre, Columbus, GA

Potential Grants Payment Delay Due to Federal Government Shutdown

Due to the federal government shutdown, GCA is currently unable to process payments to FY19 grantees whose award is made up of federal funds. The top of the first page of the grant contract indicates whether an award contains federal funds.  All Contractor's Request for Reimbursement Forms (CRRs) submitted during the time of the shutdown will be processed by our office as soon as the freeze on payments is lifted. GCA will inform all grantees as soon as we are notified by the state that we can again process all payment requests.
  • If your organization's grant does not contain federal funds, you may submit CRRs with no delay in payments.
  • If your organization's grant contains both federal and state funds, you may submit CRRs and request up to the amount of state dollars indicated for your award.
  • If your organization submitted a CRR after January 1 and your grant is solely made up of federal funds, we will hold that CRR until we are notified by the state that we can move forward with payment requests.
  • If your final report is due before the shutdown is over, please submit the report and include the CRR. GCA will submit it for payment when the payment freeze is over.
If you have questions, please contact Tina Lilly, Grants Program Director, at or 404-962-4827, or Allen Bell, Arts Education Manager, at or 404-962-4839.
2018 Poet Laureate's Prize Winner and Finalists, with the Poet Laureate, Governor and Mrs. Deal

Georgia Poet Laureate's Prize Call for Entries

Georgia’s Poet Laureate, in collaboration with GCA, is pleased to announce the sixth annual Poet Laureate’s Prize, awarded for an original poem written by a Georgia high school student. Selected by the Poet Laureate, the winner and finalists will be announced in April 2019.

The winner and finalists will tour the historic Margaret Mitchell House in Atlanta and their poems will be published by Atlanta Magazine at Entry details are included in the guidelines. The deadline for Poet Laureate's Prize entries is March 1, 2019.
2018 Georgia Poetry Out Loud State Champ,
Valyn Turner, Lanier High School, Sugar Hill, GA

Georgia Holds Poetry Out Loud Regional and State Finals

The Georgia Poetry Out Loud State Finals will be hosted by the Atlanta History Center on Sunday, March 17, 2019. The winner will represent Georgia at the national finals in Washington, D.C., April 29-May 1, 2019.

Leading up to the State Finals, Regional Finals will be held at the Atlanta History Center on February 2, at Gilmer Arts Center in Ellijay on February 9, at the Atlanta History Center on February 17, and at Telfair Center for the Arts in McRae on February 23. 

Georgia’s Poetry Out Loud champion receives $200 from the NEA and their school will be presented with a $500 certificate for new books. The Poetry Out Loud runner-up will receive $100 from the NEA and $200 for new books for their school.

Poetry Out Loud is a national program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation which encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization and recitation of the written word.

Professional Development Opportunities

•  The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking will host the Creative Placemaking Summit - South + Appalachia on April 16-18, 2019, in Columbia, South Carolina. The conference will focus on how the arts can build bridges to create more inclusive, connected, and resilient communities. GCA will support scholarships of $500 for Georgia attendees. The scholarships will be awarded through South Arts. More information about applying for scholarships and the deadline to apply will be available soon.  

•  The Woodruff Arts Center has announced the dates for their sixth annual Educator Conference, which will take place on June 4-5, 2019. On June 4th, the program will focus on fine and performing arts instruction. On June 5th, the program will focus on Arts Integration and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math). Participants will have the option to participate in one or both days. Save the date on your calendars and look for registration details in the coming months.

•  South Arts is accepting applications from organizations in their region for funding available to support the professional development and artistic planning needs of presenters, programmers, or curators to strengthen program design and increase organizational capacity. Applications are accepted for professional development opportunities new to the organization. Proposed projects must support or relate to the applicant’s work as a presenter. Presenters are defined as organizations that present or host guest artists for engagements in their communities. Grants are limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so early submission is encouraged. The maximum request is $1,000 for projects taking place prior to June 30, 2019.

•  Produced by South Arts, the 2019 Performing Arts Exchange will be September 23-26, in Orlando, Florida. Join hundreds of fellow performing arts presenters, performers, agents, managers, and presenting and touring industry professionals for four days of networking, artist showcases, professional development, and time in the Marketplace. Registration opens May 15, 2019.

•  Launchpad provides a year-long support system to professionals who are new to the performing arts presenting field in the South Arts region. The program offers professional development, mentorship, and a travel subsidy for participation in the 2019 Performing Arts Exchange in Orlando, FL. The application deadline is June 3, 2019.
Savannah Music Festival Musical Explorers, Savannah, GA

FY20 Arts Education Program Grant Guidelines and Applications Available

GCA's FY20 Arts Education Program Grant guidelines are now available on the agency's website. The application deadline is March 6, 2019, at 11:59 p.m.

The FY20 Arts Education Program Grant funds school and community arts education programs that serve Georgia's K-12 students between July 1, 2019, and June 30, 2020. Grant awards range from $1,500-$5,000 and require a one-to-one cash match. 

GCA will host an online training workshop for the FY20 Arts Education Program Grant on January 29, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. During the workshop, GCA staff will review the requirements for the grant application, along with tips for submitting a successful proposal. If you plan to participate in the online training workshop, please register here in advance.

If you have questions or need additional information about the Arts Education Program Grant, contact Allen Bell, Arts Education Program Manager, at or 404-962-4839.
GCA's FY18 Impact Map

GCA Releases New FY18 Impact Map

GCA recently released our FY18 Impact Map. During FY18, GCA directly and indirectly delivered support to 131 of the state's 159 counties. A total of 3.9 million individual Georgians directly benefitted from the programs and services delivered by GCA grantees.

The FY18 Impact Map publication identifies the location of GCA grants and programs in each county served, including grant recipients, grant recipients' service areas, capacity building & professional development, arts learning programs, literary arts programs, acknowledging artistic excellence & preserving cultural heritage, and GCA local consultations.

The document also features GCA program descriptions and new grants survey data, including:

• 84% of grant recipients said they would have had to cut back on the scope of the project or programming if they had not received the grant.
• 81% of all grantees said they were able to leverage the GCA grant to help raise additional funds.
• 93% of all grantees said that the grant helped them reach new audiences.

• 95% of all grantees said that other funders look more favorably on their organization because they are funded by GCA.
Georgia Arts Network

Save the Date: Georgia Tourism, Hospitality and Arts Day at the Capitol is February 5th

Georgia Tourism, Hospitality and Arts Day at the Capitol is February 5, 2019. 

As part of the day's events, Georgia Arts Network will host the annual Arts Day program beginning with a coffee hour and networking at 9:30 a.m. in the Coverdale Legislative Office Building. At 11:00 a.m., registration opens for the annual Arts Day luncheon, which will begin at 11:30 a.m. The featured speaker on “Advocating for the Arts” is Jamie Lord with Fiveash-Stanley. The program will conclude at 1:30 p.m. Registration for Georgia Arts Network's Arts Day Luncheon is available here.

More Arts News and Opportunities

•  GCA is seeking individuals interested in serving on Grant Review Panels in the coming months for Partner, Project, and Arts Education Program Grants. We seek to develop panels which are diverse based on geography, artistic discipline, and type of organization, among other factors. We especially have a need for panelists who live outside of the metro Atlanta area. If you are interested in serving as a grant panelist, please send a short bio or resume to Tina Lilly at for Partner and Project Grant panels or to Allen Bell at for Arts Education Program Grant panels.
•  The National Endowment for the Arts has posted guidelines for their FY20 Art Works and Challenge America grants. Art Works grants fund artist communities, arts education, dance, design, folk & traditional arts, literature, local arts agencies, media arts, museums, music, musical theater, opera, presenting & multidisciplinary works, theater, and visual arts. Challenge America grants fund small and mid-size organizations with projects that reach underserved populations. Deadlines begin in February 2019 and vary based on the grant type and grant cycle.

•  South Arts is accepting applications for their Performing Arts Touring grant program, which provides an opportunity for presenting arts organizations in South Arts’ nine-state region (including Georgia) to receive fee support to present Southern performing artists from outside of the presenter’s state. Touring support is awarded to theatre, music, opera, musical theatre, and dance projects that contain both a public performance and an educational component. These grants are limited and very competitive. The maximum request is 50% of the artist fee, up to $7,500 for dance projects or $5,000 for all other projects. Projects must take place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. The deadline to apply is March 4, 2019.

•  South Arts is accepting applications for their new, quick turnaround Express Grant program, which provides an opportunity for presenting organizations in rural Southern communities (with populations of 50,000 or below) to engage Southern guest performing or literary artists from outside of the presenter’s state. Support is awarded to theatre, music, opera, musical theatre, dance, fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry projects that contain both a public performance or reading and an educational component. Grants are very limited and awarded on a first-come/first-served basis, so early submission is encouraged. The maximum request is $2,000 for projects taking place prior to June 30, 2019.

•  South Arts is seeking screening partners for the 2019-2020 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. The program enables communities and audiences to connect through the transformative power of film. Nonprofit, education, and government partners screen new work and host discussions with some of today’s best filmmakers. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2019.

•  The Library of Congress is accepting applications for the 2019 Literacy Awards. Created by the Library of Congress and philanthropist David M. Rubenstein, the Literacy Awards were first conferred in 2013 to honor and support organizations working to promote literacy both in the United States and abroad. The awards encourage the continuing development of innovative methods for promoting literacy and the wide dissemination of the most effective practices. They are intended to draw public attention to the importance of literacy and the need to promote literacy and encourage reading.The deadline for applications is March 8, 2019.

•  Georgia Humanities is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations for grants of up to $2,000 to fund public humanities programs, including lectures, walking and driving tours, exhibitions, living history programs, and film and book festivals. Georgia Humanities supports the efforts of nonprofit organizations seeking to foster connections between people and ideas. Through a competitive process, Georgia Humanities awards grants to such cultural, civic, and educational entities as museums, libraries, universities, and historical societies for a range of projects. The postmark deadline for spring applications is March 30, 2019.

•  South Arts is accepting applications for the Literary Arts Touring grant program, which offers presenting organizations the opportunity to receive financial support to engage Southern writers (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry) who reside outside of the presenter’s state. Support is awarded to literary projects that contain both a public reading and an educational component, such as a writing workshop. The project can include a single engagement by a writer or multiple writers involved in an event (for example, writers series or festivals). The maximum request is 50% of the writers’ fees, up to a total grant of $2,500. Each writer is required to fully-participate in the reading and educational or outreach component. Projects must take place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2019. 

•  The Kresge Foundation has recently added a new report to their series of white papers on Creative Placemaking. The report, titled "Creative Placemaking: Rethinking Neighborhood Change and Tracking Progress," reviews practices in creative placemaking and community development.

•  In a recent column for the Saporta Report, GCA Executive Director Karen Paty reminds us how invaluable the arts are to our state. Karen was also named again to Georgia Trend's list of 100 Most Influential Georgians. Congratulations, Karen!

•  In "The Power of Creativity," Georgia Trend highlights the transformative power of the arts in three Georgia communities - Thomasville, Sandy Springs, and Macon.

•  Earlier this month, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) published a special issue of their ASCD Express newsletter with a focus on The Arts and Creativity in Schools. Topics included arts integration, the intersection of creativity and science, the benefits of dance education, and the arts in juvenile justice programs. In addition, Edutopia recently featured an article on "4 Ways to Develop Creativity in Students,"  and Dance Magazine recently examined the connections between physics and dance.
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