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Georgetown Arts & Culture

Georgetown Arts & Culture Grants

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board awards grant twice a year for visual art, music, theatre, dance, literary, and cultural heritage events and programs taking place in Georgetown, as well as organizational development initiatives including board training, strategic planning, and professional development. The City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board considers all applicants without attention to the following – which includes but is not limited to – race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board will begin inviting grant proposals for events and programs occurring between April 1, 2022 – September 30, 2022 as part of the 2022 Round I grant period in December 2021. The deadline for submitting for this grant period is December 31, 2021.

Eligible requests: Nonprofit organizations, schools, and informal arts and culture organizations creating arts and culture programming, organizational development, or an event open to the public are eligible to apply. Eligible requests include equipment and supplies specific to the event or program that is occurring during the period of performance and necessary for the event/program to occur. Organizational development requests include strategic planning, board development, and board training initiatives. Eligible applicants must be in good standing with a history of timely reporting and grant fulfillment requirements if previous Arts and Culture grants have been awarded.

Ineligible requests: Organizations that received funding in the 2021 Round II grant period are not eligible to apply for 2022 Round I. Additional ineligible requests include food/beverage expenses, start-up costs or general operating expenses, and capital improvements. Programming and events must be open to the public.

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Grants help the Arts and Culture Board fulfill bylaw requirements which include recognizing and encouraging groups and organizations that enrich Georgetown life by bringing cultural and artistic values and artifacts to the City.  Members of the Arts and Culture Board believe a vibrant arts community and cultural offerings are good for the quality of life for residents, will attract visitors, and will assist Georgetown in becoming a nationally recognized arts destination by 2030.  The grant program helps develop and strengthen our local arts community by contributing funding to arts and culture programming that enhances our local community.

For events and programs occurring in…      Call will be open      Candidates will be notified      Checks will be mailed     
April 2022-Sept. 2022 (Round I) Dec. 1-31, 2021 January 2021 February
Oct. 2022-March 2023 (Round II) June 1-30, 2022 July 2021 August

The grant proposal form will open on December 1, 2021. Click here to go to the form:

Grant Proposal Form

Some of the information requested will be:

  • Contact information for someone who is readily available to answer questions about the proposal
  • Purpose and description of the event or project
  • Amount being requested and total budget, including other anticipated funding sources (e.g., donations, ticket sales, other grants)
  • Date, location, admission charge, and anticipated attendance
  • Size and demographic makeup of past audiences or participants
  • If applying for organization development funding, you will be asked to provide the name of the facilitator or facilitating organization, the organizational development proposal and scope of work, as well as the cost of the program.
  • Description of how the grant will help your organization fulfill its mission.

Special consideration will be given for events or projects that meet one or more of these criteria:

  • Are free admission; are open and accessible to the public
  • Include outreach to populations that are traditionally underrepresented
  • Have a cultural tourism or economic impact (e.g., events that may attract people who also attend other arts & culture venues or events, stay overnight, shop, or dine in Georgetown)

Organizations or individuals that receive funding will be required to follow up by:

  • Complete a grant agreement form and vendor application before funds are disbursed
  • Recognizing the City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board in their advertising and programs
  • Submitting a one-page report to the Arts and Culture Board with a description of the use of grant funds and copies of event promotion materials
  • Submit a financial report form by April 30, 2022

If you have questions, please email Amanda Still at amanda.still@georgetown.org or call 512-930-8471.

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