The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission is pleased to announce our fifth annual Arts in Community Grants competition. 

Communities across our nation are engaging artists and designers to enhance their neighborhoods and public spaces with projects, events, and activities that serve to boost the quality of local life, increase arts education and arts industry, and establish a distinct sense of place.

To promote creative place making in our community, the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission is inviting local organizations, groups, and artists to apply for an Arts in Community Grant to support a public art project, event, or art activity in Athens-Clarke County. Proposed activities should contribute to the livability of our communities through arts and culture. Grants will be awarded based on criteria including: level of community enrichment through the arts, contribution to the local identity, accessibility, and quality or artistic merit. Projects may involve any art form, including: performance, visual arts, events, and technology. Grant funds may be used as matching funds for a greater project.

In 2018, the commission will award three grants of $1500.00 each. Applications will be available beginning January 19, 2018 and are due by Friday, March 9, 2018 at 11:59 pm. Late submissions will not be considered. Grantees will be notified by April 1, 2018 and funds will be released by May 31, 2018. A final report will be required at the completion of the art project. This report will need to include documentary photos and a narrative discussing the successes of the granted project.  All awarded works must be completed by December 30, 2018.


Step 1 – Download the application below

Step 2 – Complete the application and submit it along with other required application materials (see below) as a PDF file to Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Materials:

• Include any visual support for your request (links to a website or online source to view a previous performance, photos of previous installations or artwork, a portfolio of relevant work)

• A detailed drawing or design of the proposed work
 (if applicable)

• Maps and site plans (if applicable)

• Resume and a biographical statement of the Director or primary artist(s) involved in your project

Step 3 –ACAC will review all submitted proposals. Applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of their application by March 9, 2018. Applicants may be interviewed. Selections will be based on the criteria stated above. Please do not send follow-up emails or phone calls unless requested by the ACAC. Awardees will be required to fill out a W-9 to receive payment from ACAC. Awardees will receive the Arts in Community Grant funds by May 31, 2018.

Thank you for your valuable contributions to the arts and culture in the Athens community!

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