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City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Grants

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board is seeking grant proposals for art, music, theatre, dance, and cultural heritage events and programs taking place in Georgetown between Oct. 2020-March 2021.

Nonprofit organizations, schools, and informal arts and culture organizations creating arts and culture programming, or an event open to the public are eligible to apply. 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. Organizations that received funding in the 2020 Round I cycle are not eligible to apply for 2020 Round II; however, organizations that returned Round I grant funding due to canceled events and programs as a result of COVID may apply in 2020 Round II.

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.

Due to special circumstances related to COVID-19, the 2020 Round II grant cycle for events and programs occurring between October 2020 and March 2021 has been adjusted to address these special circumstances and will follow this adjusted schedule:

For events and programs occurring in…     Call will be open     Candidates will be notified     Checks will be mailed     
April 2020-Sept. 2020Dec. 1-31, 2019January 2020February
Oct. 2020-March 2021July 1-31, 2020August 2020September

The grant proposal form for events and programs occurring Oct. 2020-March 2021 will be live at 12:01 am on July 1, 2020 and will close at 11:59 pm on July 31, 2020. Click here to go to the form:

Grant Proposal Form

Due to special circumstances related to COVID-19 and the difficulty in planning events and programs for the 2020 Round II grant cycle, organizations may submit grant proposals that also seek relief funding for operating costs affected by COVID-19 during the period of March 2020-September 2020.  These operating costs include the following categories:

  • Facilities costs – percentage of rent or percentage of utilities
  • Percentage of salary for one or more positions that are critical to an organization’s artistic mission
  • Percentage of fees for artists and/or contractual personnel to maintain or expand the period during which such persons would be engaged

Organizations may still choose to submit grant proposals for events occurring October 2020-March 2021.

Organizations that received funding in the 2020 Round I cycle are not eligible to apply for 2020 Round II; however, organizations that returned Round I grant funding due to canceled events and programs as a result of COVID may apply in 2020 Round II.

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
  • If requesting COVID relief funds, why this funding would help further the organization’s mission
  • 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

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

  • Are free admission
  • 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:

  • 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

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



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