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.
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.
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.
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
Who We Fund
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:
are not a
required part of the curriculum
audience made up of 50% or more non-student/non-faculty audience.
(newspaper articles, photos, videos or slides, etc.) of previous events
proof that a
determination from IRS is pending.
Who We Do Not Fund
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.