Grassroots Arts Program accepting applications

Tue, 09/04/2007 - 4:49pm
By: The Citizen

The Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) is funded by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly to make sure that all Georgians have access to the arts activities which enrich all of our lives. Arts Clayton has once again been named by the Georgia Council for the Arts as the fiscal year 2008 re-granting agency for GAP in Clayton, Fayette, Henry and Spalding counties and has announced that Coweta County has been added to the re-granting area for 2008.

The idea behind GAP funding is to help smaller, “emerging” groups get off the ground – to “fill in the gap” between start-up and when an organization is ready to apply directly for larger funding to agencies such as the Georgia Council for the Arts, or become self-sustaining through admissions and/or other resources. Ideally, Grassroots Arts Projects will create new opportunities for citizens to experience the arts, while fostering greater awareness and developing local partnerships in the arts. Examples of projects eligible for funding include: visual arts exhibits, concerts, readings, theater and dance performances, film programs, folk art projects, storytelling, workshops and art festivals. Projects combining arts and education are encouraged.

This statewide arts program is designed to encourage local collaborations between artists, arts organizations and non-arts organizations, in order to serve a broad range of Georgia’s residents. Every Georgia county receives an equal per-capita allocation. Funding is open to any non-profit 50l(c)(3) tax exempt organization or unit of local government. Civic clubs, churches, theatre groups, arts festivals, Boys & Girls clubs, libraries, senior citizens’ centers and parks and recreation departments also may be eligible to apply.

There is plenty of time to apply for the Grassroots Art Program grants. Forms and granting guidelines are available on line at, by email request to or by calling Arts Clayton at 770-473-5775. The deadline for submitting completed applications is October 1 at 4 p.m.

Four GAP application workshops will be offered by reservation/appointment, at the Arts Clayton Gallery located at 136 S. Main Street in Downtown Jonesboro. Available times and dates are: Saturday, September 8 at 10 a.m.; Monday, September 10 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.; and Wednesday, September 12 at 2 p.m. Call Sara Cookson at 770-473-5775 to reserve a date and time to attend one of these sessions. Applicants should obtain application forms and funding guidelines prior to attending, and should bring their rough draft applications with them. The purpose of the workshops is to demystify the grant-writing process for potential applicants. All applicants, especially new, are encouraged to attend.

Funded projects must be accessible to the general public, must provide 50 percent of the total project cost as a cash match for the grant, and projects must be completed by June 30, 2008. For more information about the Grassroots Arts Program, to discuss a potential project, or to request assistance with an application, visit the Arts Clayton website at where you may download the application and granting guidelines; email Arts Clayton at to request information; or call Sara Cookson at Arts Clayton 770-473-5775.

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