Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund

Arts, culture and creativity enhance the lives and the work of people and communities.

A Reflection of Us

At the Community Foundation, we value the work of the arts because they reflect who we have been and who we’re becoming—as individuals and as a culture. Throughout the Atlanta region, the arts connect communities of geography and communities of interest.

In particular, small and midsized organizations are core to the rhythm and vibrancy of Atlanta. They show new work, incubate ideas and embrace the diversity of people. They offer safe places for experimentation. They add to countless micro-economies throughout the city. And they also sometimes struggle to pay artist and administrators a living wage and keep the doors open and the lights on, even as they offer such a valuable resource for our area.

The Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund focuses on 100+ small and midsized arts groups in the Atlanta area with an operating budget of less than $2 million. The Arts Fund provides strategic funds to support and strengthen small and midsized arts organizations so that they may attract, serve and build audiences across the Atlanta region.

As the only independent endowed fund exclusively for the arts in metropolitan Atlanta, the Arts Fund provides a unique opportunity for donors to support a wide range of arts organizations with one contribution. The Arts Fund provides unrestricted grant funding and post grant mentoring that helps ensure an organization’s success.

The Arts Fund unrestricted general operating grants are administrated with the General Operating Support Cycle.

The Arts Fund is grateful for the support of many contributors including the Fulton County Arts & Culture’s support of this program. The Arts Fund was established by over 100 donors who have built the over $10 million endowment fund.

For more information about grants from Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund, please contact:

Lauren Jeong
Program Associate

years of grantmaking
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2020 Grant Cycle Timeline

Thank you for your interest in this program. Information about 2020 grant cycles will be available in 2020.

In the meantime, please sign up for the Foundation’s newsletter at the bottom of this page for the latest updates and complete or update your Common Grant Application. Completion of the Common Grant Application is the best way for us to get to know you. It is also the first step to being considered for the Foundation’s grant programs and for funding opportunities through the Foundation’s donors.



  • Must have annual operating expenses less than $2 million as reflected in the expense line on the most recently filed I.R.S. Form 990;
  • Must have a primary focus on presenting, producing or providing arts programming for the public;
  • Must pay artists and performers associated with cultural programming; and
  • Must have an artistic emphasis which falls into one or more of the following art forms: dance, design, folk arts, literature, media arts, music, opera, performance arts, theatre or visual arts.


In most cases, organizations must have received at least one grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, South Arts, Georgia Council for the Arts or a local arts agency in the last two years to be competitive. It is unlikely that the following arts organizations or programs will receive a grant:

  • Programs organizationally or financially connected to colleges, universities or religious organizations, even though the program may be operated separately;
  • Community or civic centers, unless the organization’s mission is solely arts-oriented or it can be demonstrated that the grant funding will directly support a major arts division with its own administration; and
  • Arts service organizations that do not directly present, produce or provide arts programming.


Eligibility and Application Materials

General Operating Support Guidelines


Over 550 arts, business and philanthropic leaders joined together on December 3, 2015 at the InterContinental Hotel in Buckhead to “Amp up the Arts” at the Community Foundation’s 20th annual Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund luncheon.

The event’s keynote speaker was Steven J. Tepper, a leading writer and scholar on U.S. cultural policy and creativity, who discussed how artists and arts leaders are reshaping the relationship between art and the city. During his keynote he empowered listeners with his stories of how he has fostered national discussions around topics of cultural engagement, everyday creativity and the transformative possibilities of a 21st century creative campus.

Watch Tepper’s keynote and other Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund videos on the Foundation’s YouTube channel here.


The Journey Starts Here

Ready to get started? Just visit our Nonprofit Online Portal to complete your Organizational Profile, Common Grant Application and Grant Application Supplement.

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