Historic Structure Studies or Planning

The Fox Theatre will be offering grant funding for the 2024/2025 fiscal year.

For more information about past grants and organizations awarded by the Fox Theatre please click here.

Grants for Historic Structure Studies or Planning are awarded on an annual basis to support the completion of a Historic Structure Study or Planning project – the first steps in the care of historic structures.

The study and planning should address such needs as:

  • Obtaining a professional contractor or team to review the overall conditions of the structure, followed by presenting priorities and steps for planning.
  • Retaining expertise in specific areas for study such as the architecture, engineering, paint analysis, archives and other collections, interpretation, community use and potential cultural and economic impact.
  • Hiring a preservation architect to create an interior or exterior restoration plan.
  • Hiring a consultant to develop a conservation plan for archives and collections.
  • Planning for renovations or repurposing of related structures (not necessarily historic).

Levels of grant amounts depend on the complexity of the structure and scope of the work.  The maximum amount that an applicant organization may apply for annually for this grant is $50,000 and this is a matching grant. The minimum funding request for the Historic Structure Studies or Planning Grant is $20,000.

Guiding Criteria for All Applicants and Applications

Applications should emphasize the following:

  • The historic significance of the property to be assisted and evidence of community support.
  • The need for funding and the urgency of the project or the long-term objectives or impact of the project.
  • Increased cultural and/or economic impact for the community.
  • Involvement of collaborations and partnerships that leverage additional public and private investment.
  • The adequacy of plans to meet the current needs and for the future care and maintenance of the theater or the continuation for the activity for which grant support is requested.

If grant support is awarded, the following conditions will apply:

  • Awardees are required to sign a contract agreeing to the conditions of the grant.
  • Matching gifts may come from private or public sources, or from earned income (special events, fundraising activities, etc.)
  • Donated materials and services and organizational overhead costs can be eligible sources as matching funds if they directly underwrite the project budget and are the result of the Institute’s challenge grant.
  • Grant projects must begin within six months of award date – otherwise, the grant award is subject to review.
  • Periodic reports are required and specific to each form of grant support. These requirements will be detailed in the grant contract upon award notification.
  • A final report of the project and financial accounting of the expenditure of the grant must be submitted within the fiscal year of the grant disbursement date. If the project is not completed in accordance with the contract, the parties will need to negotiate continuing or returning grant funds.

Please note:

  • Organizations may submit applications for more than one Urgent or Emergency Needs grant per cycle.
  • Organizations may apply for support only once per grant cycle in the following categories:
    • Historic Structure Studies or Planning
    • Periodic Technical Assistance and Services
    • Preservation & Facilities Grant
    • (Organizations may apply for Urgent or Emergency Needs grant support in addition to one of the categories listed above.)
  • The Fox Theatre's grant program’s goal is to award funding for historic theatres in the state of Georgia. Grants will be awarded to projects designed to provide significant economic and cultural impact to the communities they serve. Grant award winners will also receive operations expertise and guidance through seminars, and strategic planning fostering professional development. Out-of-state applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis and must demonstrate a substantial economic impact on the development of the community.

For more information, questions, or other assistance, please contact: 

Leigh Burns
Director of Community Partnerships
Phone: 404.881.2003

Maggie Fuller
Senior Manager of Community Partnerships
Phone: 404.881.2023