Fulton County Public Art

APPLICATIONS

The Fulton County Department of Arts & Culture (FCAC) announces the 2017 Contracts for Services (CFS) funding cycle. Through the CFS program, Fulton County-based arts organizations and artists can request funding of $2,000 to $75,000. CFS funding supports the delivery of arts & cultural services throughout Fulton County.

Eligible groups and artists are encouraged to apply for these service contracts which are designed to support activities taking place between January 1 through December 31, 2017. Eligible projects or activities must provide access, participation and appreciation of the arts for Fulton County residents and visitors.

During fiscal year 2016, improvements were made to the CFS guidelines that address the core strategies presented in the five- year Fulton County Government strategic plan and that simplifies the application process. 2017 CFS funding categories include, Operational Support Funds (OSF), Project Support Funds (PSF), Arts Services Funds (ASF), Emerging Arts Funds (EAF), and Small Arts Project Funds (SAF). See the list below detailing changes made this year to further improve the CFS application process.

Click here to download a PDF of the 2017 guidelines

CFS PROGRAM CHANGES FOR 2017

§  Organizations must apply for funding using the new WebGrant system supported by Dulles Tech at http://fulton.dullestech.net. Applicants are able to register and to access the Webgrants system for application submissions. Guidelines and instructions are available at the agency’s website: www.fultonarts.org.

§  Fiscal agents can only represent non-profit organizations (maximum of 2) per funding cycle.

§  Organizations employing a fiscal agent cannot apply for funding directly. Fiscal agents are required to register and submit the application for the sponsored non-profit organization.

§  Non-profit organizations whose primary mission is related to arts with operating budgets exceeding $1,500,000 are not eligible to apply in the OSF category. These organizations can only apply in the PSF category.

§  Art Services organizations are no longer eligible to apply in the OSF or PSF categories. Art Services organizations must apply in the ASF category.

§  A 1:1 match is not required for applicants in the SAF category.

§  The Neighborhood Arts Program category has been eliminated. Non-arts organizations, municipalities, schools and community groups can apply in the PSF category for eligible arts & cultural projects.

§  Individual artists are now eligible to apply for funding in the SAF category. There are three deadlines offered for the 2017 funding cycle contingent upon availability of funds.

Organizations with budgets of less than $150,000, are allowed 50% of their 1:1 match as in-kind support.

Types of Support

Project Support is designed to fund project-specific expenses for either one (1) non-arts organizations to present arts programming or for two (2) arts organizations who are only applying for support for a single unifying project (e.g., a festival, a concert series, etc.) All project activities must take place within Fulton County.

General Operating Support is designed to support all programs and activities of an arts and cultural organization that relate to its mission.

NEIGHBORHOOD ARTS PROGRAM FUND (NAPF)

NAPF’s provide project support to expand the availability of direct impact programs that deliver arts and cultural programs to underserved populations throughout Fulton County.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Projects must be led by a qualified artist(s) or arts organization.
  • May not apply in any other category
  • May only submit one application


ELIGIBLE ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Nonprofit organizations with a primary mission outside the arts that desire to incorporate arts and culture into their current work.
  • Eligible organizations include social service organizations, community centers, NPU’s, units of government such as Municipalities and school systems are eligible
  • Fulton County based with headquarters and administrative offices located in Fulton County
  • Must be registered with the office of the Secretary of State
  • Must be a 501(c)( 3) non-profit located in Georgia or apply with a fiscal agent


ELIGIBLE APPLICATIONS MUST:

  • Include programs that take place in Fulton County and serve an underserved audience
  • Include arts programs scheduled for and completed during the funding cycle (January 1- December 31, 2016)
  • Show a 1:1 match (at least 50% of the match must be cash)
  • Provide programming in a venue or location that is accessible to people with physical disabilities.
  • Describe the role of the arts organization or professional artist(s) within the scope of the project


FUNDING REQUEST:

  • Funding awards up to $30,000
  • First-time applicants can request up to $5,000
  • Request cannot exceed 50% of cash expenses


INELIGIBLE EXPENSES:

  1. Payment for Full-time employees of Fulton County Government
  2. Activities restricted to an organization’s membership
  3. College and university projects that do not reach a significant non-student, faculty and staff population
  4. Projects of a religious nature that are designed to promote or inhibit religious belief and/or practice or which have no basic underlying secular theme or topic
  5. Endowments that only support a single or specific group of organizations.
  6. Deficit reduction
  7. Entertainment costs (parties, dinners, receptions, etc.)
  8. Performances/exhibitions by students that are not directed by a qualified artist
  9. Activities that do not benefit Fulton County citizens
  10. Activities that are not primarily focused in arts and culture
  11. Capital expenditures and equipment purchases
  12. Activities that take place outside of Fulton County
  13. Re-granting or as a pass-through for organizations and/or individuals
  14. Activities that are not led by a qualified artist(s)
  15. Replacement of other funds currently being spent on arts programs and services

Click here for the full application

OPERATIONAL SUPPORT FUNDS (OSF)

OSF’s provide general operating support to art & cultural organizations and arts services organizations that exhibit high artistic quality, stable and effective organizational structure, sound financial management and a strong commitment to enrich the lives of Fulton County citizens. Organizations with a cash expense budget of $100,000 and higher will have the option to apply for Multi-Year Funding provided the organizations meets the criteria described below.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Primary mission of the organization is to present or produce arts programming or provide a service to the arts and cultural community
  • Must have received funding from FCAC for the last five (5) consecutive funding cycles
  • May not apply in any other category
  • Large Organizations with budgets $1.5 million dollars and above requesting $50,000 or more must show evidence of dedicated outreach services for Fulton County residents (e.g. free admission to designated events, discounted tickets to events, exclusive preview performances or other comparable services).


ELIGIBLE ORGANIZATIONS

  • Fulton County based with headquarters and administrative offices located in Fulton County
  • Incorporated in Fulton County for more than three (3) years
  • Must be registered with the office of the Secretary of State
  • Must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Georgia


ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Include programs that take place in Fulton County
  • Include arts programs scheduled for and completed during the funding cycle (January 1- December 31, 2016)
  • Show a 1:1 match (at least 50% of the match must be cash)
  • Provide programming in a venue or location that is accessible to people with physical disabilities
  • Describe the role of the arts organization or professional artist(s) within the scope of the project


FUNDING REQUEST

  • Organizations with the budget of $100,000 or higher can request up to $75,000
  • Organizations with budgets less than $100,00 can request up to $20,000
  • Cannot exceed 30% of cash expenses


INELIGIBLE EXPENSES

  1. Payment for Full-time employees of Fulton County Government
  2. Activities restricted to an organization’s membership
  3. College and university projects that do not reach a significant non-student, faculty and staff population
  4. Projects of a religious nature that are designed to promote or inhibit religious belief and/or practice or which have no basic underlying secular theme or topic
  5. Endowments that only support a single or specific group of organizations.
  6. Deficit reduction
  7. Entertainment costs (parties, dinners, receptions, etc.)
  8. Performances/exhibitions by students that are not directed by a qualified artist
  9. Activities that do not benefit Fulton County citizens
  10. Activities that are not primarily focused in arts and culture
  11. Capital expenditures and equipment purchases
  12. Activities that take place outside of Fulton County
  13. Re-granting or as a pass-through for organizations and/or individuals
  14. Activities that are not led by a qualified artist(s)
  15. Replacement of other funds currently being spent on arts programs and services


Click here for the full application

Multi-Year Option Interest

The Contracts for Services Program is laying the groundwork for a multi-year funding program. The multi-year funding option will feature an abbreviated application process that will minimize the amount of required documents and supporting materials requested for funding support in 2017. Funding amounts are based upon the final approved budget for FCAC in 2017.

Eligible candidates include organizations applying for Operational Support Funds (OSF) that: (1 )have a cash operating budget of $100,000 and above for the last three years, (2) received funding from FCAC for the last five years in consecutive funding cycles, (3) are not in contractual default.

Applicants must check in with the Contracts for Services staff to verify eligibility.

Please indicate your interest by selecting yes or no on the application cover page.

Click here for the full application instructions section.

PROJECT SUPPORT FUNDS (PSF)

PSF’s provides support to arts and cultural organizations, arts services organizations and non-profits with programs that exhibit high artistic quality, have stable and effective organizational structure, sound financial management and a strong commitment to enriching the lives of Fulton County citizens.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

  • May not apply in any other category


ELIGIBLE ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Primary mission of the organization is to present or produce arts programming or provide a service to the arts and cultural community.
  • Non-profits whose primary mission is not presenting or producing, but who provide ongoing public arts activities through public programming. Organizations such as school systems, colleges, universities, botanical gardens, and non-art museums are eligible to apply in this category.
  • Cultural institutions with a mission to preserve a body of knowledge, stories, beliefs and ideas
  • Units or departments of institutions of higher education are eligible to apply for funding to support activities which are open to the public and that reach or serve a significant (50% or more) non-campus population.
  • Fulton County based with headquarters and administrative offices located in Fulton County
  • Incorporated in Fulton County for more than three (3) years
  • Must be registered with the office of the Secretary of State
  • Must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Georgia


ELIGIBLE APPLICATIONS:

  • Include programs that take place in Fulton County
  • Include arts programs scheduled for and completed during the funding cycle (January 1- December 31, 2016)
  • Show a 1:1 match (at least 50% of the match must be cash)
  • Provides programming in a venue or location that is accessible to people with physical disabilities


FUNDING REQUESTS:

  • Funding awards for PSF’s are up to $50,000
  • Request cannot exceed 50% of cash expenses
  • First-time applicants are eligible to apply for up to $5,000


INELIGIBLE EXPENSES:

  1. Payment for Full-time employees of Fulton County Government
  2. Activities restricted to an organization’s membership
  3. College and university projects that do not reach a significant non-student, faculty and staff population
  4. Projects of a religious nature that are designed to promote or inhibit religious belief and/or practice or which have no basic underlying secular theme or topic
  5. Endowments that only support a single or specific group of organizations.
  6. Deficit reduction
  7. Entertainment costs (parties, dinners, receptions, etc.)
  8. Performances/exhibitions by students that are not directed by a qualified artist
  9. Activities that do not benefit Fulton County citizens
  10. Activities that are not primarily focused in arts and culture
  11. Capital expenditures and equipment purchases
  12. Activities that take place outside of Fulton County
  13. Re-granting or as a pass-through for organizations and/or individuals
  14. Activities that are not led by a qualified artist(s)
  15. Replacement of other funds currently being spent on arts programs and services

Click here for the full application

SMALL ARTS PROJECT FUNDS (SAPF)

SAPF’s are designed to support the creation and delivery of small community-driven arts projects. Arts and cultural organizations, non-profit organizations, and artist collectives are able to apply.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

  • Supports one-time events such as a festival or exhibition or a unifying project such as a concert series, or a class series
  • Projects led by a qualified artist(s)


ELIGIBLE ORGANIZATIONS

  • Primary mission of the organization is to present or produce arts programming or provide a service to the arts and cultural community.
  • Non-arts organizations incorporating as programming to support its mission
  • An Artist Collective, a group of five (5) or more artist working together applying with a fiscal agent
  • Fulton County based with headquarters and administrative offices located in Fulton County
  • Must  be registered with the office of the Secretary of State
  • Must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Georgia or apply with a fiscal agent
  • May not apply in any other category


ELIGIBLE ORGANIZATIONS MUST:

  • Include programs that take place in Fulton County
  • Includes arts programs scheduled for and completed during the funding cycle (January 1- December 31, 2016
  • Show a 1:1 match (at least 50% of the match must be cash)
  • Provides programming in a venue or location that is accessible to people with physical disabilities
  • Describe the role of the arts organization or professional artist(s) within the scope of the project


FUNDING REQUEST

  • Funding awards are up to $2,500
  • First-time applicants can request up to $1,500
  • Request cannot exceed 50% of cash expenses


INELIGIBLE EXPENSES

  1. Payment for Full-time employees of Fulton County Government
  2. Activities restricted to an organization’s membership
  3. College and university projects that do not reach a significant non-student, faculty and staff population
  4. Projects of a religious nature that are designed to promote or inhibit religious belief and/or practice or which have no basic underlying secular theme or topic
  5. Endowments that only support a single or specific group of organizations.
  6. Deficit reduction
  7. Entertainment costs (parties, dinners, receptions, etc.)
  8. Performances/exhibitions by students that are not directed by a qualified artist
  9. Activities that do not benefit Fulton County citizens
  10. Activities that are not primarily focused in arts and culture
  11. Capital expenditures and equipment purchases
  12. Activities that take place outside of Fulton County
  13. Re-granting or as a pass-through for organizations and/or individuals
  14. Activities that are not led by a qualified artist(s)
  15. Replacement of other funds currently being spent on arts programs and services


Click here for the full application instructions section.

SMALL & EMERGING ARTS ORGANIZATIONS FUNDS (SEAOF)

SEAOF’s provide project support to small and emerging arts and cultural organizations. Applicants are able to apply for Arts Project support and /or support for Organizational capacity to assist in the agency’s overall organizational development, programming and growth.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS:

  • May not apply in any other category
  • Projects must be led by a qualifying artist


ELIGIBLE ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Primary mission of the organization is to present or produce arts programming or provide a service to the arts and cultural community
  • Fulton County based with headquarters and administrative offices located in Fulton County
  • Must be registered with the office of the Secretary of State
  • Must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit located in Georgia or apply with a fiscal agent
  • Emerging organizations are defined as organizations with a 501(c)(3) status of three(3) years or less
  • Annual Operating Budget of $100,000 or less


ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Include programs that take place in Fulton County
  • Include arts programs scheduled for and completed during the funding cycle (January 1- December 31, 2016)
  • Show a 1:1 match (at least 50% of the match must be cash)
  • Provide programming in a venue or location that is accessible to people with physical disabilities
  • Describe the role of the arts organization or professional artist(s) within the scope of the project


FUNDING REQUEST:

  • Funding awards are up to $10,000
  • First-time applicants can request up to $5,000
  • Request cannot exceed 50% of cash expenses


INELIGIBLE EXPENSES:

  1. Payment for Full-time employees of Fulton County Government
  2. Activities restricted to an organization’s membership
  3. College and university projects that do not reach a significant non-student, faculty and staff population
  4. Projects of a religious nature that are designed to promote or inhibit religious belief and/or practice or which have no basic underlying secular theme or topic
  5. Endowments that only support a single or specific group of organizations.
  6. Deficit reduction
  7. Entertainment costs (parties, dinners, receptions, etc.)
  8. Performances/exhibitions by students that are not directed by a qualified artist
  9. Activities that do not benefit Fulton County citizens
  10. Activities that are not primarily focused in arts and culture
  11. Capital expenditures and equipment purchases
  12. Activities that take place outside of Fulton County
  13. Re-granting or as a pass-through for organizations and/or individuals
  14. Activities that are not led by a qualified artist(s)
  15. Replacement of other funds currently being spent on arts programs and services

Click here for the full application