Preservation & Facilities Grant

The Fox Theatre will be offering limited grant funding for the 2023/2024 fiscal year.

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

Grants are awarded on an annual basis and may support the following kinds of needs:

  • Securing an engineering and/or architectural team to provide final planning and budgets.
  • Completing an overall preservation project or repurposing of a related structure, either a phase or other important improvements according to a study and planning process.
  • Completion of a multi-year preservation plan or a long-term preservation plan for an historic structure.
  • Acquisition of a historic property or related properties.
  • Acquisition of real property or construction. Project may include renovation/alteration of property in order to comply with Section 504 of the 1974 Rehabilitation Act and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Purchase and installation of equipment such as assistive listening access, seating, listening devices, staging, sound equipment, lighting equipment, and projection systems that will expand accessibility and availability of programming.

The following criteria will be used to evaluate and rank applications for these grant funds:

  • Historical significance of the resource.
  • Physical condition of the property.
  • Proposed use of the site and quality of the interpretive program.
  • Quality of the preliminary planning or contract documents, including credentials of the project team, feasibility of the budget, and work schedule.
  • Appropriateness of the project to meet the needs of the resource.
  • Ability of the applicant to match the funds requested and to complete the proposed work, maintain the property, administer the grant funds, and develop programs to sustain and interpret the property.

Organizational multi-phased projects may apply for funding for three consecutive years not to exceed $500,000 during a three-year period. Organizations receiving funding of $250,000 or above are not eligible to re-apply for three years. Reapplication is possible for a new project that demonstrates its importance or benefits beyond the achievements of the previous project.

The maximum amount that an applicant organization may apply for annually for this grant is $100,000 and this is a matching grant. The minimum funding request for the Preservation & Facilities 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 Structures 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
Community Partnerships Manager
Phone: 404.881.2023