A total of $25,000 in grants will be awarded through a competitive process. The money is a new initiative in the city’s 2013 general fund budget.
It has been a priority for the CAB for many years to have a program like this in place to provide some level of assistance to Roswell’s many arts and cultural organizations, said Morgan Timmis, the city’s historic and cultural affairs manager.
According to a city press release, one of the primary purposes of this new program is “to level the playing field for all Roswell-based arts and cultural organizations so those which already receive significant support from the city of Roswell may not be eligible.“
“There are several organizations which do already receive some degree of city support, such as the Georgia Ensemble Theatre, which is provided free office space in the Cultural Arts Center as well as a significantly reduced rental fee for their performances based upon their status as a Resident Company,” Timmis said.
The Roswell Historical Society is another group which is provided free space in the city’s Cultural Arts Center. Other groups also get free space, such as the Roswell Photographic Society at the Visual Arts Center and the Clay Collective at the Visual Arts Center West.
“And yet there are groups which currently receive no support from the city such as the Riverside Chamber Players or the Michael O’Neal Singers, to name a couple,” Timmis said. “The board would simply like to be able offer some level of support to those groups which are not currently being provided any.”
The new Contracts for Cultural Services program is the only such local government-based program for support of arts and cultural organizations in the metro area other than those of the City of Atlanta’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Fulton County Arts Council.
The CAB has established several categories to meet a range of needs both for the organizations and the community. The four service categories include:
Arts/Cultural Services — funding in support of operational expenses including marketing, etc.
Project Support — funding in support of ongoing programs or a special program or event.
Arts Education — funding support for programs presented to school age children.
New Ventures Development funding support to help develop a new area of programming for established organizations or to assist with capacity enhancement for new organizations.
A peer review advisory panel and the CAB will apply various review criteria to ensure that fair consideration is given to all proposals. The CAB will then make its recommendation to the Mayor and Council for the final approval of the service contracts.
Applications or proposals are due on Aug. 17 by 4:45 p.m. All organizations wishing to submit applications for the program are required to send a representative to one of two workshops scheduled to take place on Monday, July 16 at 4:30 to 5 p.m. or 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Roswell City Hall in Room 220, 38 Hill Street.
For more information and to download the CFCS program guidelines and application forms, go to www.roswellcfcs.com.