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Free grant-writing workshops offered

Special to the Clayton News Daily and Henry Daily Herald

Four grant writing workshops will be offered free of charge for the Grassroots Arts Program (GAP) at the Arts Clayton Gallery, located at 136 S. Main Street in Downtown Jonesboro.

Available times are: Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 10 a.m.; Thursday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m.; and Saturday, Sept. 20 at 10 a.m.

Pre-registration is required. Interested parties can e-mail artline@artsclayton.org, or call Sara Cookson at (770) 473-5775 to reserve a date and time to attend one of these sessions.

Applicants should obtain application forms and funding guidelines, available at the Arts Clayton web site www.artsclayton.org, prior to attending, and should bring their rough draft applications with them. The purpose of the workshops is to demystify the grant-writing process for potential applicants. All applicants (especially new ones) are strongly encouraged to attend. Additional workshop locations, dates and times may be scheduled as needed.

GAP provides up to $2,000 per organization to fund art programs in Georgia. The goal of the program is to ensure that all Georgians have access to the arts. Arts Clayton has once again been appointed by the Georgia Council for the Arts as the re-granting agency for the Grassroots Arts Program in Butts, Clayton, Coweta, Fayette, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Newton, Rockdale, and Spalding counties.

Funded by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations from the Georgia General Assembly, the Grassroots Arts Program is designed to help smaller, emerging groups get off the ground -- or to assist an established organization offering new programming to "fill in the gap" between start-up and when an organization is ready to apply directly for larger funding, or become self-sustaining.

This statewide arts program is designed to encourage local collaborations among artists, arts organizations, and non-arts organizations, in order to serve a broad range of Georgia's residents.

Funding for art projects is open to any non-profit, 50l(c)(3), tax exempt organization or unit of local government. Civic clubs, churches, theatre groups, arts festivals, Boys & Girls clubs, schools, parent-teacher organizations, libraries, Senior Citizen Centers, Parks & Recreation Departments also may be eligible to apply.

Examples of projects eligible for funding include: visual arts exhibits, concerts, readings, theater and dance performances, film programs, folk art projects, storytelling, workshops, and art festivals. Projects combining arts and education are encouraged.

For more information about the Grassroots Arts Program, to discuss a potential project, or to request assistance with an application, visit the Arts Clayton web site at www.artsclayton.org, where you may download the application and granting guidelines.

The deadline for submitting completed applications is Oct. 3, at 4 p.m.