GEORGIA MUSIC GRANT GUIDELINES
In support of its mission, the Georgia Music Foundation’s annual Georgia Music Grant program offers grants for music education, preservation and outreach projects demonstrating need; impact on a school, program or community; and the capacity to responsibly manage project operations and finances. All grant recipients are required to provide a final report per the terms of acceptance.
GRANT APPLICATION PERIOD
Applications for projects taking place in 2021 will be accepted from Sept. 16, 2020 through Oct. 16, 2020.
Applications will only be considered from Georgia-based non-profit organizations with IRS 501(c)3 status, or from public, private or charter schools in Georgia serving grades K-12.
The maximum amount for a Georgia Music grant request for projects taking place in 2021 is $1,000.
In order to be considered, the applicant must clearly demonstrate that the proposed project falls within one of the three categories below and meets criteria for that category:
EDUCATION: Project provides music instruction and/or programming for K-12 schools, after-school programs or music camps. Public, private and charter schools may apply; however, public or charter schools must identify in their application the percentage of students that qualify for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) free or reduced price school meals. All private schools must provide the cost of tuition and the number of students that receive full or partial scholarships based on low income.
PRESERVATION: Project interprets, documents and preserves Georgia’s rich music heritage. Examples include, but are not limited to, conducting oral and video histories, restoring or digitizing historically significant materials and production of documentaries or media that preserve and interpret stories of Georgia’s music history and culture.
OUTREACH: Project interprets and fosters an appreciation for Georgia’s rich music heritage through through public programming. Examples include museum exhibitions, educational workshops, symposiums and lectures. Festivals, plays, ballets or other special events are generally not considered unless applicant clearly demonstrates project is in support of an existing museum or educational program and presents Georgia’s music heritage and stories as the primary focus of the proposed programming.
ELIGIBLE USE OF FUNDS
Georgia Music Grants are only eligible for expenses associated with: music instruction including instructor, teaching artist or artist residency fees; instructional materials; instruments, instrument repair and musical equipment; music technology, hardware and software; exhibit curation, design and fabrication; fees for musical artist or lecturer participating in approved project; archival research and development.
NON-ELIGIBLE USE OF FUNDS
No funds from Georgia Music Grants shall be used for expenses incurred outside the specified project period. Additional non-eligible expenses include: general administrative or operating expenses; marketing or fundraising expenses; food or beverage; or accumulated deficits or debuts.
EVALUATION CRITERIA AND REVIEW PROCESS
Grant applications are reviewed by Georgia Music Foundation board members who consider the merits of the application including the capacity to implement the program with available budget and personnel, as well as organizational history and prior achievements. Preference is given to projects demonstrating critical need and providing accessibility to underserved audiences and students.
The Review Panel reserves the right to request Applicant Interviews as part of the application review process.
AWARDS AND DISBURSEMENT OF FUNDS
Grant awardees will be notified by Dec. 4, 2020. Grant awardees will be provided a contract with the Georgia Music Foundation detailing the terms and conditions of the award. Upon receipt of the contract executed by an authorizing official of the grantee and a completed W-9 form, the Georgia Music Foundation will disburse awards.
Final reports for funded projects taking place in 2021 are due within 30 days of completion of the project or no later than Jan. 31, 2022. Final reports must demonstrate that the project was completed within the terms and conditions of the contract. Grantees who do not submit final reports by the due date will not be eligible to apply for future Georgia Music Foundation grants.
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