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The Georgia Council for the Arts has released an update for arts organizations and has assured groups that grant money from the council will not have to be returned due to the  coronavirus’s impact on their programs and seasons. Groups will have to amend their contracts with the council, however.

“In the days since our last communication, the news regarding the COVID-19 virus, commonly called the ‘coronavirus,’ has moved quickly and with ferocity,” the council said in an email blast. “In the midst of the uncertainty that many are now feeling, we want to alleviate any potential concerns regarding [our] grants and provide you with the most up-to-date information we have on resources available to the arts community.”

The council sent out these bullet points:

— If you have a GCA FY20 grant, you will not have to return funds due to COVID-19 impact on programs or seasons. You must amend your contract with GCA. Click here for details.

— Georgia is now a declared state for coronavirus (COVID-19) by the Small Business Association, opening SBA Economic Impact Disaster Loans to Georgia businesses. Nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for these working-capital loans.

— Americans for the Arts is collecting data and impact stories. You can resubmit as often as you have new information available.

— The Georgia Council for the Arts grant application reviews for fiscal year 2021 are moving forward as planned with the understanding that project and program changes will likely need to be accounted for in the future.

— Resources for arts organizations and individual artists are available on the council website.

 

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