Municipal Support for the Arts

The Municipal Support for the Arts program is the City of Atlanta’s means of granting public funding to the arts. MSA awards contracts related to the production, creation, presentation, exhibition and management of artistic and cultural services in the city of Atlanta. The program recognizes that the presence of artists and non-profit organizations involved in the arts are critical to Atlanta’s cultural vitality. The arts enrich the creative development of the city’s diverse populations and contribute positively to the social and economic well being of Atlanta and the region. The goals of the MSA program are:

  • To provide support for the existence and excellence of artists and arts organizations in Atlanta.
  • To assist in the artistic development of the arts in Atlanta so that all citizens may participate in the diverse cultural life of the city.
  • To develop the contributions of Atlanta’s culturally diverse communities.
  • To ensure that the arts have broad geographic distribution and reach all segments of the population.
  • To support a broad range of educational activities in the arts.
  • To preserve the city’s artistic, cultural and historic heritage.
  • To enhance neighborhood vitality and economic development through the arts.
 

Each year, MSA & CAS awards grants in the following categories:

Funding Categories

Grants to Major Arts Organizations are available for project support (for outreach activities only) and general operating support for the city‘s established large-budget arts organizations with expenses totaling at least $500K. The grant fosters the stability, development and vitality of the city‘s major cultural institutions by stimulating growth and professional development, and by increasing the organization‘s accessibility to the general public. These contracts enable major arts institutions to promote Atlanta as a cultural destination and to share the organization‘s programs and services with a broad cross-section of the city‘s population.

Grants to Arts Organizations are available to provide general operating or special project support for the city‘s established mid-size and small arts organizations with expenses between $500K and $100K or less than $100K respectively.

 

Grants to Community Cultural Development are available to provide project support for non-arts organizations to encourage arts programming initiatives that develop partnerships with local professional artists and meet specific needs in a targeted community. 

Grants to Artist Projects are available to provide support for arts and cultural activities initiated by individual practicing professional artists who live and work in the city. It provides project support to artists working in the areas of dance, literary arts, media arts, visual arts, music, theater, and multidisciplinary genres.

Awards to Emerging Artist are available in recognition for artistic vision and achievement of new, upcoming, professional artists who live and create in Atlanta.

Grants to Neighborhood Arts are available to provide support for artistic development, engage neighborhood art-making and reimagine places. The OCA piloted this funding program in early 2015 to help neighborhood associations and neighborhood planning units (NPU) enrich the quality of life in the City of Atlanta.

Funding FAQ

The Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) believes that providing the local arts community with financial assistance is an investment in the continued cultural growth of the city of Atlanta. At the same time, the Office recognizes that government resources are limited while demands for services are high. For this reason, the Office views its financial assistance role as that of a catalyst, helping to augment and strengthen a grantee’s overall base of support. All funded activities must take place within the city of Atlanta and result in presentations available to the general public.

  • Tax-exempt, non-profit arts organizations (1) incorporated in the State of Georgia, (2) headquartered in Atlanta, within the corporate limits, for at least one year prior to the application deadline, and (3) have 501(c)(3) IRS tax-exempt status.
  • Tax-exempt, non-profit community organizations that are not involve in arts programming on a regular basis, but initiate arts programming as part of their service to the community (1) incorporated in the State of Georgia, (2) headquartered in Atlanta, within the corporate city limits, for at least a year prior to the application deadline, and (3) have 501(c)(3) IRS tax-exempt status.
  • Practicing professional artists (1) who reside in Atlanta, within the corporate city limits, and (2) who have been residents for at least one year prior to the application deadline.

 

*Refer to the Application Guidelines for Eligibility Requirements for a specific funding category.

  • Private, for-profit organizations.
  • Artists who reside outside the city of Atlanta, including areas classified as metropolitan Atlanta.
  • Artists whose projects were funded during the most recent grant cycle.
  • Contractors who have not successfully completed other OCA contracts within the last five years.
  • Employees of the City of Atlanta.
  • Publicly accessible arts programs in all arts disciplines that take place in the city of Atlanta.
  • Administrative and marketing support to arts organizations related to audience development and community outreach.
  • Community arts programs that provide arts opportunities to the public.
  • Artistic components of festivals.
  • Percentage of staff salaries related to funded projects and activities.
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  • Projects occurring outside the city of Atlanta.
  • Private events that are closed to the general public; or exhibitions at commercial, privately owned galleries; or activities restricted to an organization’s membership.
  • College/university or school projects that are a required part of the curriculum and/or which do not involve and serve a significant non-student population.
  • Deficit or debt reduction, fund-raising, lobbying, building construction or renovation, purchase of equipment and real property.
  • Hospitality and food costs.
  • Projects of a religious nature that are designed to promote or inhibit religious belief and/or practice and which have no basis underlying secular theme or topic.

Virtual Workshops

Each year, the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs conducts application workshops for the Municipal Support for the Arts applicants. First-time applicants interested in submitting a proposal must attend a virtual workshop covering the submission process. Workshops will provide an overview of the program, application tips, and the review process.

 

Residency Eligibility

Click here!

The purpose of this web map is to provide geographic information central to helping the OCA determine if an applicant lives within the City of Atlanta corporate city limits. It can be used for simple tasks such as determining the zoning districts in which a neighborhood lies, or for more complex tasks such as analyzing recent development patterns. In short, it is intended to help you–whether as a planner, community leader, or citizen–to make more informed decisions.

Individual and organization applicants can enter their address in the tool/search bar at the top left corner of the page and determine their residency or headquarter eligibility.

Guidelines & Applications

Major Arts Organization Grant

The Application and Guidelines for FY25 coming Summer 2024.

Arts Organization
Grant

The Application and Guidelines for FY25 coming Summer 2024.

Community Cultural Development Grant

The Application and Guidelines for FY25 coming Summer 2024.

Artist Projects Grant & Emerging Artist Award

The Application and Guidelines for FY25 coming Summer 2024.

Neighborhood Arts
Grants

The Application and Guidelines for FY25 coming Summer 2024.

For More Information

Municipal Support for the Arts, Program Manager, Brittnee Buley. 

Neighborhood Planning Units

Locating a NPU: NPUs are Citizen Advisory Councils that make recommendations to the Mayor and city council on zoning and land use. You can find your neighborhood by looking at an alphabetical list of neighborhoods that shows which NPU each neighborhood belongs to or by looking at an alphabetical list of NPUs and the neighborhoods they contain.

Neighborhood Association

Locating a Neighborhood Association: Neighborhood Associations consist of neighborhood residents who volunteer in the beautification, historical preservation, and celebration of the uniqueness of their neighborhood. Review the alphabetical list of neighborhood associations.

Panelists

The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) is seeking art leaders and professionals, as well as business and community members, who are interested in serving on the Municipal Support for the Arts and Contracts for Arts Services advisory panels for the 2024-2025 grant cycle. Panelists play a vital role in reviewing grant proposals and supporting OCA’s mission of granting public funding to the arts. 

Panelists will be compensated with a fixed honorarium of $120 for their service during the 2024-2025 grant cycle. 

Deadline to apply is Friday, July 5, 2024! 

For details and Panelist Guidelines & Applications, visit ocaatlanta.com or contact the Municipal Support for the Arts program manager, Brittnee Buley, at bjbuley@atlantaga.gov.

Apply Now | https://forms.gle/1fpsZ4DWiXdu5mDC9

Panelist Guidelines | https://shorturl.at/opX07

Support

For more support with Municipal Support for the Arts, Contact Program Manager, Brittnee Buley. 

Call: 404.546.6895 or bjbuley@atlantaga.gov

Resources for grant seekers

The Georgia Center for Nonprofits  | www.gcn.org

The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta | www.cfgreateratlanta.org

The Foundation Center of Atlanta | foundationcenter.org/atlanta

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System | www.afpls.org/books-materials/grant-resources

Tips for Individual Artists Writing a Compelling Grant Application | JG_TIPS AND TRICKS FOR WRITING A COMPELLING GRANT APPLICATION

 

2023-2024 Grant Recipients

  • Atlanta Ballet, Inc.
  • Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Inc.
  • Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Inc.
  • Atlanta Jewish Film Society, Inc.
  • Atlanta Shakespeare Company
  • Center for Puppetry Arts, Inc.
  • Dad’s Garage, Inc.
  • Horizon Theatre Company, Inc.
  • Independent Media Artists of Georgia Etc., Inc.
  • Moving in the Spirit, Inc.
  • Museum of Design/Atlanta, Inc. 
  • National Black Arts Festival, Inc.
  • Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Inc. (Alliance Theater)
  • Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Inc. (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra)
  • Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, Inc. (High Museum of Art)
  • Seven Stages, Inc.
  • Synchronicity Performance Group, Inc.
  • The Actor’s Express, Inc.
  • The Atlanta Music Project, Inc
  • The Atlanta Opera, Inc.
  • The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, Inc. 
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia Inc.
  • The Theatrical Outfit, Inc.
  • Whole World Theatre Company
  • William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, Inc. 
  • African Diasporic Art Museum of Atlanta, Inc.
  • Alliance Française D’Atlanta
  • ARTiculate ATL, Inc. 
  • Arts Critic ATL, Inc. 
  • Atlanta Art Papers, Inc.
  • Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Inc.
  • Atlanta Chamber Players, Inc.
  • Atlanta Freedom Marching Band, Inc. 
  • Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde, Inc.
  • Beacon Dance Company
  • Bent Frequency, Inc.
  • BronzeLens Atlanta Film Festival Inc
  • Caribbean American Cultural Arts Foundation Inc
  • CityDance, Inc.
  • Connected Content, Inc. (Hope Givers)
  • Dance Canvas, Inc.
  • Dance ATL Incorporated
  • Dance Force, Inc.
  • Dashboard Co-op Inc.
  • Dominion Arts Foundation, Inc. 
  • Drawchange Inc.
  • Enrich Kids Now, Inc.
  • Eyedrum, Inc.
  • Flux Projects, Inc.
  • Fly on a Wall, Inc. 
  • FOX Theatre, Inc.
  • Fresh Films, Co.
  • Gateway Performance Productions, Inc. 
  • Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, Inc.
  • Hammonds House Museum, Inc.
  • Jazz Matters, Inc
  • Manga African Dance, Inc.
  • Metropolitan Atlanta Community Band, Inc.
  • MINT, Inc.
  • Out Front Theatre Company, Inc.
  • Out of Hand Theater, Inc. 
  • Out on Film, Inc.
  • Pianos For Peace, Inc.
  • Praise House Project Inc
  • Radio Free Georgia Broadcasting Organization, Inc.
  • ReImagine ATL, Inc.
  • Remerge, Inc. 
  • Room to Move, Inc.
  • Soul Food Cypher, Inc.
  • South Fulton Institute, Inc.
  • Staibdance, Inc.
  • T. Lang Dance, Inc.
  • TADA Foundation Inc
  • The Bakery Atlanta Incorporated
  • The Creatives Project, Inc.
  • The Essential Theatre, Inc.
  • The Mass Collective Foundation, Inc.
  • Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra of Atlanta, Inc.
  • The Object Group, Inc.
  • Theatre du Reve, Inc.
  • The Wren’s Nest, Inc.
  • Urban Poets Inc
  • VOX Teen Communications, Inc. 
  • Working Title Playwrights, Inc.
  • Atlanta Educational Telecommunications Collaborative, Inc.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, Inc.
  • The Cabbagetown Initiative Community Development Corporation
  • Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc.
  • Historic Oakland Foundation, Inc.
  • Remerge, Inc. 
  • VOX Teen Communications, Inc. 

Contracts for Artists Services

2023-2024 Grant Recipients

  • Amina McIntyre
  • Carolyn Stine McLaughlin
  • Jacqueline Robinson
  • James Joyner
  • Janice L. Liddell
  • Jon Carr
  • Lee Osorio
  • Meaghan Novoa
  • Opal J Moore
  • Sanghoon Lee
  • Sonia Matthews
  • Thomas Jeffery Crompton
  • Victoria Bell
  • Billy Clifton-Strawn
  • Mary Shannon Kelly
  • Lee Osorio