Athens Cultural Affairs Commission accepting applications for Arts in Community grants

The Athens Cultural Affairs Commission is now seeking applications for its fourth annual Arts in Community Grants competition.


Communities across the country are engaging artists and designers to enhance their neighborhoods and public spaces with projects, events, and activities that serve to boost the quality of local life, increase arts education and arts industry, and establish a distinct sense of place.

To promote “creative placemaking” in Athens-Clarke County, the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission is inviting local organizations, groups, and artists to apply for an Arts in Community Grant to support a public art project, event or art activity in Athens-Clarke County. Proposed activities should contribute to the community livability through arts and culture, according to the ACAC announcement. Grants will be awarded based on criteria including the level of community enrichment through the arts; contribution to the local identity; accessibility and quality or artistic merit. Projects may involve any art form, including performance, visual arts, events and technology. Grant funds may be used as matching funds for a greater project.

In 2017, the commission will award two grants of $1,500. Applications will be due on April 7; grant winners will be notified by April 21, funds will be released by May 31 and all awarded works must be completed by Dec. 30.

To apply for a grant, download the application at and submit it, along with other required application materials as a PDF file to

Applications must include visual support for grant requests — links to a website or online source to view a previous performance, photos of previous installations or artwork, or a portfolio of relevant work; a detailed drawing or design of the proposed work (if applicable), maps and site plans (if applicable) and a resume and biographical statement of the director or primary artist or artists involved the project

The commission will review all submitted proposals. Applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of their application shortly after submission. Applicants may be interviewed as part of the grant application process.