CFGA: Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund

Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

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Predicted deadline: Jul 22, 2021 2:00pm PDT

Grant amount: More than US $10,000

Fields of work: Art & Culture

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense

Location of project: Counties in Georgia: Barrow County, Bartow County, Butts County, Carroll County, Cherokee County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in Georgia: Barrow County, Bartow County, Butts County, Carroll County, Cherokee County Show all

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Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund

Arts, culture and creativity enhance the lives and the work of people and communities.

A Reflection of Us

The Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund (Arts Fund) was created in 1993 to support independent small and medium-sized nonprofit arts organizations located throughout the metro Atlanta region and provides financial resources to strengthen arts organizations with annual operating budgets under $2 million.

Across the 23-county region, arts organizations are experiencing significant revenue losses from the impacts of COVID-19 due to event cancellations, shuttered performances and venue closures. Many nonprofits have channeled their creative, innovative spirits to pivot to online performances and virtual programming.

The Community Foundation received criticism and feedback from the community regarding our first round of Arts Fund grants announced in May 2020. Given the Foundation’s commitment to equity of opportunity, equitable grantmaking and the critical feedback, with the program update effective July 1, 2020, it is our intention to:

  • Honor the requests and promises made to prioritize racial equity in the Arts Fund’s grantmaking. We will do this by prioritizing organizations founded and led by people of color, especially Black-founded and Black-led organizations.
  • Incorporate feedback and recommendations from Black arts leaders, artists, and members of the community by adjusting the program’s eligibility criteria and application process. We have removed certain eligibility criteria and modified others in order to welcome a broader group of arts organizations to apply. Additionally, the application has been significantly streamlined, thus making it less onerous.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • In our upcoming grant cycle, eligible organizations are invited to apply for up to 30% of their annual operating expenses based on 2019 year-end expenses.
    • Awards will vary in size based on the number of applicants and funds requested, and all awards will be for general operating support.
    • The minimum grant size will be $10,000 regardless of the organization’s 2019 year-end expenses.
    • General operating support provides unrestricted funding to help support an organization as it pursues its mission. This type of grant is flexible and gives the recipient the ability to use funding where most appropriate.
  • Must be located and providing services within the Foundation’s 23-county service area; all grant funds must be spent within the 23-county service area.
  • Must have current annual operating expenses between $25,000 and $2 million.
  • Must present, produce or provide arts and cultural programming OR provide direct support to organizations that present, produce or provide arts and cultural programming.
  • Must have at least one paid part-time staff member.
  • If an organization has artists and performers, organization must pay artists and performers associated with arts and cultural programming.
  • Must be classified by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service under Section 501(c)(3) of the I.R.S. code as a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, donations to which are deductible as charitable contributions under Section 170 (c)(2) and the I.R.S. determination must be current.
  • Must be registered with the Georgia Secretary of State as a nonprofit (click here to verify).
  • Must have a Board of Directors where 100% of members made personal cash donations or made financially measurable in-kind contributions during the last completed fiscal year.


  • The Foundation will prioritize organizations that show clarity in their mission and vision and those founded and led by people of color, especially Black-founded and led organizations that have not been supported in the Fund’s 27-year history.


  • The following organizations are not eligible to apply for funding:
    • Organizations that require participation in religious services and/or religious education as a condition of receiving services.
    • Organizations that have discriminatory policies and/or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.
  • Foundation funds may not be used to support the following:
    • Religious services and/or religious education.
    • Endowment funds.
    • Capital campaign contributions (for building construction or renovation) or use of funds to cover capital campaign feasibility studies or campaign implementation expenses. 


This page was last reviewed July 23, 2020 and last updated July 23, 2020