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The Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta has awarded nearly $600,000 in emergency grants to 11 arts organizations affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The grants were awarded through the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund from a pool of nearly $2 million. Future grants will be awarded every two weeks as the Covid-19 crisis continues. Applications remain open.

“We have many donors and other funding partners who are passionate about maintaining a thriving arts sector and especially bolstering smaller arts organizations,” Alicia Philipp, president of the Community Foundation, said in a press release. “At this moment, these donors are going all-in on tying passion to purpose for these grants, enabling us to multiply our impact several times over this year as compared to previous annual grant awards.”

Grant applications were initially reviewed by Community Foundation staff, who looked at how organizations have adapted during the pandemic and their plans for the future. Grants were then decided with the counsel of a panel of arts industry veterans. 

“With these grants we’re investing in leadership from both organization staff and their boards of directors, recognizing that strong vision, leadership and innovation are essential to keeping our arts sector exhibiting and performing in new ways through this crisis,” Virginia Hepner, the former CEO and president of the Woodruff Arts Center and member of the Community Foundation’s advisory committee, said in the press release.

The grant monies are for general operating support to allow organizations to put resources where they are needed the most. Recipients for this round are:

— Actor’s Express: $100,000

— Atlanta Celebrates Photography: $50,000

— Burnaway: $25,000

— Dad’s Garage: $100,000

— Horizon Theatre Company: $75,000

— MINT: $20,000

— Moving in the Spirit: $100,000

— Roswell Arts Fund: $10,000

— 7 Stages Theatre: $50,000

— The Creatives Project: $10,000

— Voices of Note: $40,000

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