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Investment Programs

The arts sector nourishes and drives the economic and the cultural vitality of our community. The City of Savannah invests in our community through the Contracts for Cultural & Arts Services.

Contracts for Cultural Arts Services are awarded to Savannah city based non-profit organizations or universities, for the purchase of programs that have a measurable and sustained impact on Savannah residents and visitors.

The Department of Cultural Affairs staff, along with the Cultural Affairs Commission members, administrate, manage and analyze the financial and programmatic outcome and scope of the contracted services.

Organizations may apply for 2017 funding in the Partner Investment and Project Investment programs through the Contracts for Cultural & Arts Services funding process. Click here to apply.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS

PARTNER INVESTMENT 
This program is designed for the City to invest in the artistic mission of thriving established arts organizations with operating budgets of at least $700,000. The organization must demonstrate artistic and administrative excellence and provide high quality arts services, expansive community outreach, and activities that promote Savannah as a cultural destination.

Project Investment
This program is designed for the City to invest in non-profit arts organizations and/or institutions of higher learning that provide high quality innovative arts services that increase access to cultural and creative experiences, support and facilitate skill development, inform the public about entrepreneurial avenues in the cultural sector, and nurture the local creative industry.

The goal of the Project Investment  is to offer all Savannah residents quality arts, cultural, and heritage services that are free and open to the public. Examples of projects/programs include festivals, education & outreach, concerts, and exhibitions.

FUNDING PHILOSOPHY

The Department of Cultural Affairs believes that assisting the local arts community financially as well as technically is an investment in continued cultural growth of the City of Savannah. Recognizing that government resources are limited, the DCA encourages organizations to develop proposals which demonstrate cooperation between agencies through collaborative partnerships or services showing additional sources of financial support.

Eligibility:

Who We Fund

  • Organizations incorporated in the State of Georgia, headquartered in the City of Savannah with 501(c)(3) non-profit exempt status determination.
  • Tax-exempt, non-profit cultural/arts organizations and Tax-exempt, non-profit community organizations which are not involved in arts programming on a regular basis, but initiate arts programming as part of their service to the community.
  • Colleges/Universities, provided that the programs submitted:

serve a community need

are not a required part of the curriculum

have an audience made up of 50% or more non-student/non-faculty audience.

  • New and Emerging Organizations who have a history of programming in the community and can submit:

documentation (newspaper articles, photos, videos or slides, etc.) of previous events

articles of incorporation

proof that a determination from IRS is pending.

 

Who We Do Not Fund

  • Private for-profit organizations
  • Employees of the City of Savannah
  • Organizations who do not provide a cultural service
  • Organizations that cannot provide evidence of their 501(c)(3) or that of their fiscal agent
  • Organizations that cannot provide financial statements
  • Organizations headquartered outside of the City of Savannah
  • Organizations that have failed to comply with contractual requirements within the last two years
  • Individual artists

WEAVE-A-DREAM

The Weave-A-Dream Program (WAD) is a project based program that provides financial support to non-profit organizations proposing specific and innovative arts, cultural, or heritage programming or presentations that have a measurable, quantifiable benefit to Savannah's diverse populations.

Please click here for the application and guidelines.