The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta announces funding through the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund (Arts Fund). A total of $1.15 million is awarded to 28 arts organizations profoundly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic that has responded to the needs of their constituencies with safe, innovative programming to uplift arts throughout the region.
Since 1951, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta has been leading and inspiring philanthropy to increase the vitality of our region and the well-being of all residents. With nearly 70 years serving the 23-county Atlanta region and a robust team of experts, the Community Foundation expands its philanthropic reach and impact by providing quality services to donors and bold, innovative community leadership.
The Community Foundation recognizes that arts organizations have been especially hard hit during the COVID-19 pandemic as performances shuttered and venues closed. The impact of the pandemic especially overwhelmed Black-led organizations that were already at a significant disadvantage. Of the $1.15 million, more than a million, representing 91% of total funding, is granted to organizations founded or led by Black, Indigenous or people of color (BIPOC). Of those 28, 18 organizations are first-time recipients of a competitive cash grant from the Arts Fund.
“With this grant cycle we prioritized Black-founded and led organizations and those that have been thoughtful and innovative to continue to provide artistic education and expression to the community during the pandemic,” said Lita Pardi, vice president, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. “Moving forward we will work with organizations that did not receive funding in this round to direct them to our other grant programs or partners that can provide pro bono support during this critical time of need.”