Greater Augusta Arts Council Recovery Grant for Arts Nonprofits


The Greater Augusta Arts Council advances vibrant cultural arts in Augusta’s River Region, thus enriching the lives of citizens and visitors, and fostering growth in the arts sector of our economy. As part of this mission, the Arts Council manages the responsible and systematic distribution of City Arts Grant funds to arts nonprofit organizations in Richmond County.

As an extension of this function as a local arts agency, the Greater Augusta Arts Council has been awarded National Endowment for the Arts funds from the American Rescue Plan to allocate through subgranting to arts nonprofits in Richmond and Columbia Counties in Georgia, and Aiken County in South Carolina. There are additional, separate funds to allocate to individual artists who reside in the CSRA for arts projects they are planning to create July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023.


To ensure an optimal application, we highly recommend attending the weekly zoom Friday Office Hours, every Friday 2-3 pm until May 13, for Q&A sessions:

Purpose: To support subgranting to the nonprofit arts sector in response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.


Additional Project Description: Subgrants will support nonprofit arts organizations with day-to-day organizational business expenses and operating costs to preserve jobs and maintain operations, during recovery from the devastating economic and health effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Intended Beneficiaries: The subgrants will help restore the local community’s cultural infrastructure, benefitting arts workers, artists, and audiences within the CSRA.


Intended Outcome: Artistic activities and traditions are supported to strengthen the nation’s cultural infrastructure.

Grant Snapshot:
  • How to apply: online
  • Maximum Award: variable, dependent number of eligible applicants
  • Open to: arts nonprofit organizations based in Aiken, Columbia, or Richmond Counties
  • Expected Output: support of operating expenses
  • Period of Performance: one year


  • Application available: March 1, 2022
  • Optional early review deadline: April 5, 2022 @ 3:00 pm
  • Final deadline: April 20, 2022 @ 3:00 pm
  • Announcement of awards: June 1, 2022
  • Earliest date for funded activities to begin: July 1, 2022
  • Latest date for funded activities to end: June 30, 2023
  • Final report due: July 31, 2023


Contact the GAAC grants team:  [email protected]

If accommodations are needed due to disability, please submit your request via the form here.

Requests for accommodations made after the grant deadline cannot be honored.

SAM REGISTRATION (note to nonprofits)

Due to the federal origins of this grant (National Endowment for the Arts), all nonprofit organizations must have a Unique Entity Identifier to be eligible for funding.

Organizations without a SAM registration:

  • Prior to April 4, 2022: You will need a DUNS number to register with SAM. You will be assigned a UEI as part of the SAM registration process.
  • On or after April 4, 2022: You will be assigned a UEI by SAM as part of SAM’s registration process. You will no longer need a DUNS number to register with SAM.
  • Go to SAM Entity Registration to get started.

Organizations already registered with SAM:

  • A UEI will automatically be assigned to your organization by SAM. The UEI will be visible in your organization’s SAM record.
  • If you have difficulty locating the UEI, contact SAM at 1-866-606-8221 or see the help sectionof SAM’s website.

When registering/renewing your SAM account, be sure to select “Yes” when completing the “Representations & Certifications” section. All awardees are required to have these representations & certifications in order to receive an award. Your SAM registration must be current at the time a grant is made, and throughout the life of the award.
SAM registrations, once activated, can take a day or more to be visible in Verify your SAM registration well ahead of the application deadline.

The Greater Augusta Arts Council does not have access to your SAM account. If you have any questions about or need assistance, contact them directly:

  • SAM Federal Service Desk: Call 1-866-606-8221 or see the information posted on the SAM website at SAM Help

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