ABOUT CONTRACTS FOR SERVICES
Our application process for the Operating Support Funds Category is now available through WebGrants at http://fulton.dullestech.net.
The remaining funding categories will be released over the next several weeks. Check the website for updates and details.
While waiting for your category to open, take the first step in the application process and register. Only organizations and individual artist with approved registrations will be granted access to WebGrants for application development and submission.
FULTON COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ARTS & CULTURE ANNOUNCES 2017 FUNDING APPLICATIONS
Applications are now being accepted for Operating Support Funds (OSF)
Project Support Funds (PSF) and Arts Services Funds (ASF) opens February 17, 2017
Emerging Arts Funds (EAF) and Small Arts Project (SAPF) opens March 3, 2017
The Fulton County Department of Arts & Culture (FCAC) announces the 2017 Contracts for Services (CFS) funding cycle. Through the CFS program, Fulton County-based arts organizations and artists can request funding of $2,000 to $75,000. CFS funding supports the delivery of arts & cultural services throughout Fulton County.
Eligible groups and artists are encouraged to apply for these service contracts which are designed to support activities taking place between January 1 through December 31, 2017. Eligible projects or activities must provide access, participation and appreciation of the arts for Fulton County residents and visitors.
During fiscal year 2016, improvements were made to the CFS guidelines that address the core strategies presented in the five- year Fulton County Government strategic plan and that simplifies the application process. 2017 CFS funding categories include, Operational Support Funds (OSF), Project Support Funds (PSF), Arts Services Funds (ASF), Emerging Arts Funds (EAF), and Small Arts Project Funds (SAF). See the list below detailing changes made this year to further improve the CFS application process.
CFS PROGRAM CHANGES FOR 2017
§ Organizations must apply for funding using the new WebGrant system supported by Dulles Tech at http://fulton.dullestech.net. Applicants are able to register and to access the Webgrants system for application submissions. Guidelines and instructions are available at the agency’s website: www.fultonarts.org
§ Fiscal agents can only represent non-profit organizations (maximum of 2) per funding cycle.
§ Organizations employing a fiscal agent cannot apply for funding directly. Fiscal agents are required to register and submit the application for the sponsored non-profit organization.
§ Non-profit organizations whose primary mission is related to arts with operating budgets exceeding $1,500,000 are not eligible to apply in the OSF category. These organizations can only apply in the PSF category.
§ Art Services organizations are no longer eligible to apply in the OSF or PSF categories. Art Services organizations must apply in the ASF category.
§ A 1:1 match is not required for applicants in the SAF category.
§ The Neighborhood Arts Program category has been eliminated. Non-arts organizations, municipalities, schools and community groups can apply in the PSF category for eligible arts & cultural projects.
§ Individual artists are now eligible to apply for funding in the SAF category. There are three deadlines offered for the 2017 funding cycle contingent upon availability of funds.
Organizations with budgets of less than $150,000, are allowed 50% of their 1:1 match as in-kind support.
SCHEDULE OF WORKSHOPS
FCAC will offer Application Workshops covering the specific process and guidelines of the Contracts for Services Program. Any organization or individual who have not applied before must attend an application workshop. All workshops are FREE to Fulton-County based organizations and artists. FCAC staff will lead the workshops. Advance Registration is required.
WOLF CREEK LIBRARY
3100 Enon Road, SW
Atlanta, GA 30331
Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Time: 2:00PM - 4:00PM
HAMMONDS HOUSE MUSEUM
503 Peeples Street
Atlanta, GA 30310
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
ABERNATHY ARTS CENTER
254 Johnson Ferry Road
Sandy Springs, GA 30328
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017
Time: 11:00AM - 1:00PM
FULTON COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER
141 Pryor Street, Room 4056
Atlanta, GA 30303
Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Time: 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Check the website, www.fultonarts.org for dates and locations.
February 3, 2017
March 13, 2017
Project Support Funds /Arts Services Fund
February 17, 2017
April 10, 2017
Emerging Arts Funds / Small Arts Projects Funds
March 3, 2017
April 14, 2017
IMPORTANT PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Fulton County introduced its revised proactive Access Policy for Persons with Disabilities in 2015. Informational workshops will be announced for all 2017 contractors/vendors.
New applicants are required to register for a Fulton County vendor code as the first step in the application process using the vendor code self-service system. Applications without a confirmed vendor code will be considered ineligible for funding consideration.
Returning applicants are encouraged to complete an annual update of vendor information in the self-registration system including address and contact. All applicants should contact the purchasing department to ensure that all the required business documents have been received. To access the vendor self-service site at: www.fultonvendorselfservice.co.fulton.ga.us.
Applicants who are approved for funding and are presented with fiscal agent issues that are not resolved at the time of contract will forfeit the award.
THINGS TO REMEMBER
Deadlines for submission of accurate and complete applications and final reports will be strictly enforced. Organizations interested in applying should review the guidelines available at www.fultonarts.org and contact CFS staff early in the planning process to verify eligibility. Staff members are available to assist organizations throughout the application process.
Applications must be submitted in WebGrants by 11:59 p.m on the published deadline date. Applications submitted after the deadline are not eligible to move forward to panel and will not be accepted.
Advancing the development and growth of Fulton County’s Creative Economy: Grants for Organizations and Artist Collectives
Comprising of international and nationally renowned institutions to local jewels in the community, Fulton County invests in organizations and programs that enhance the quality of life of all citizens through the arts.
In fiscal year 2016, Fulton County Arts and Culture awarded funding through the Contracts for Services program (CFS) to 103 organizations and artists collectives throughout Fulton County totaling $1,506,692.00.
The Contracts for Services funding program provides unrestricted general operating and project support to nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, arts & culture organizations, cultural institutions, colleges and universities, as well as units of government, that produce or present ongoing arts programming open to the public. CFS contractors present programs that reflect the cultural diversity of the county, captures the imagination of adults, families and youth, invigorate neighborhood growth, support economic development and provides jobs.
CFS applicants are reviewed and awarded using the following evaluation criteria, artistic merit, service to the community and field, organizational effectiveness, and accessibility. Contractors are selected after a thorough evaluation by an advisory panel of professionals representing all artistic categories.
Fulton County Arts & Culture (FCAC) makes recommendations to the Fulton County Board of Commissioners on funding the arts and generally oversees the development and implementation of direct arts services and programing in Fulton County.
The Department of Arts & Culture is the channel through which the Board of Commissioners funds cultural services and provides access to the arts for its citizens. Fulton County Arts & Culture is both partner and catalyst in developing new opportunities.