Cultural & Arts Investment Program
The Contracts for Arts Services initiative is intended to integrate arts, culture, heritage, design and other creative disciplines as strategies that strengthen the City of Savannah’s economic, physical, and social vitality.
An annual call for Proposals is held each year to align fiscal year resources with the Savannah Forward initiative. The City seeks proposals that position arts, cultural, and creative programs as catalysts to realize the City’s goals of Economic Strength, Poverty Reduction, and Neighborhood Revitalization. Submitted proposals are reviewed and evaluated by members of the Cultural Affairs Commission, who are City of Savannah citizens appointed through an application process by the Mayor and Aldermen. The Mayor and Aldermen will approve the final investments for the Cultural and Arts Investment Program.
1. The Cultural and Arts Investment Program is a competitive process. Proposals may or may not be recommended for funding; therefore, agencies should not rely upon or have an expectation of funding from the City of Savannah. This is an investment process with many applicants submitting proposals of merit. Past submission of an application, past city investment, participation in a workshop and/or technical assistance from staff does not guarantee that the Savannah City Council will allocate funds toward the proposed project.
2. City investment is intended to purchase programs and investment initiatives that address the City’s Strategic Plan, have measurable outcomes and benefit the Savannah community. It is not intended to support general operating and overhead costs that are not associated with the program or service being funded. Agencies are strongly encouraged to pursue other funding alternatives to support their programs and operations.
3. Investment recommendations must be approved by the Mayor and Aldermen in accordance with the final Budget and if approved, contracts for services will be executed with selected providers.
Technical Resource Center
In addition to producing and presenting cultural opportunities, the Department of Cultural Resources serves as a resource center providing technical assistance to cultural organizations, program information and marketing services, a cultural calendar, grant writing, and funding workshops. 2019 workshop dates and times will be posted soon.