In order to increase the cultural significance of the City of Augusta, City funds are allocated to the Greater Augusta Arts Council to distribute to the nonprofit arts community via the Arts Granting program. By doing so, Augusta?s leaders, acting in the best interest of the community, recognize the importance of the arts and the need to sustain and financially support a wide variety of artistic disciplines and expressions. Funding through Arts?Granting enables arts organizations to:

  • Provide programming and educational opportunities throughout Augusta and Richmond County
  • To promote Metro Augusta as an arts destination
  • To build the capacity and stability of Augusta?s arts and cultural organizations
  • To enhance the economic development of the city through the arts
  • To share arts programs and activities with underserved audiences

Therefore, on behalf of the City of Augusta, the Greater Augusta Arts Council announces with pleasure the 2017 Arts?Grant?recipients.

  • Augusta Choral Society
  • Augusta Concert Band
  • Augusta Mini Theatre
  • Augusta Players
  • Barefoot Productions
  • Colton Ballet Company of Augusta (Formerly Dance Augusta)
  • Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art
  • Harry Jacobs Chamber Music Society
  • Imperial Theater
  • Jessye Norman School of the Arts
  • Morris Museum of Art
  • Sacred Heart Cultural Center
  • Storyland Theater
  • Suzuki Strings
  • Symphony Orchestra Augusta
  • Westobou

Grant?applications are adjudicated in a public process that is free from conflicts of interests and assures fairness and professionalism. The review panel was made up of business leaders, city officials and community members who were tasked with rating organizations based on stringent guidelines regarding professionalism, proven fiscal responsibility, and strength of purpose. These ratings were used to determine the award amounts. The Board of Directors of the Greater Augusta Arts Council then voted to approve the recommendations from the review panel and the organizations were notified of their award. Awards are only given to arts-based nonprofit organizations located and programming in Richmond County. Organizations interested in applying for a 2018?grant?may find more information at