The Georgetown Arts and Culture Board awards grants twice a year for art, music, theatre, dance, literary, and cultural heritage events and programs taking place in Georgetown. The City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board considers all applicants without attention to the following – which includes but is not limited to – race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status.

Starting December 1, 2023, the board invites grant proposals for events and programs occurring between April 1, 2024 – September 30, 2024 as part of the 2024 Round I grant period. The deadline for submitting for this grant period is December 31, 2023.

Eligible requests: Nonprofit organizations, schools, and informal arts and culture organizations creating arts and culture programming or an event open to the public are eligible to apply. Eligible requests include equipment and supplies specific to the event or program that is occurring during the period of performance and necessary for the event/program to occur. Eligible applicants must be in good standing with a history of timely reporting and grant fulfillment requirements if previous Arts and Culture grants have been awarded.As this grant program is funded by the Hotel Occupancy Tax, programs must demonstrate economic impact through cultural tourism (e.g., programs that may attract people who also attend other arts & culture venues or events, stay overnight, shop, or dine in Georgetown). Programming and events must be open to the public.

Ineligible requests: Organizations that received funding in the 2023 Round I grant period are not eligible to apply for 2023 Round II. For profit businesses are not eligible to apply for Arts and Culture grant funding. Additional ineligible requests include food/beverage expenses, start-up costs or general operating expenses, and capital improvements.

The Georgetown Arts and Culture Grants help the Arts and Culture Board fulfill bylaw requirements which include recognizing and encouraging groups and organizations that enrich Georgetown life by bringing cultural and artistic values and artifacts to the City.  Members of the Arts and Culture Board believe a vibrant arts community and cultural offerings are good for the quality of life for residents, will attract visitors, and will assist Georgetown in becoming a nationally recognized arts destination by 2030.  The grant program helps develop and strengthen our local arts community by contributing funding to arts and culture programming that enhances our local community.

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