Past & Present Grant Projects

From creating potential new theatre jobs as well as increasing employment for surrounding businesses, the Fox Theatre Institute also helps revitalize downtown districts by restoring architecturally significant historic venues and preserving important important landmark buildings. The success of the Fox Theatre Institute is also often part of larger partnered successes through local and regional non-profit and government organizations.

A vibrant theater thrives as the cornerstone of a historic downtown district lined with bustling shops, favorite restaurants, cocktail bars, and plenty of parking – all of whom benefit immeasurably from a season of sold-out shows. From creating new jobs, both within the theater and in surrounding businesses, to helping revitalize declining downtown districts, restoring these venues often results in saving much more than a historic structure. FTI works to help these struggling theaters and communities, to build a framework of support that will sustain these beloved structures, as well as the businesses and communities that surround them, for generations to come.

Since its inception, FTI has collaborated on 49 preservation projects and contributed more than $1.3 Million in grant funds in theatres across Georgia.
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Current Projects

2018-2019 Grants

The Fox Theatre Institute (FTI) proudly announces 13 grant recipients of the 2018-2019 Historic Preservation, Historic Structure Studies or Planning, and Technical Assistance and Service grant completing a record-breaking year of giving totaling $480,565 including the previously announced Urgent/Emergency Need grants. These grants allow Georgia’s historic theaters or structures to receive much needed financial assistance, restoration support, and operations mentoring.

As part of its ongoing commitment to Georgia’s historic theaters, the Fox Theatre’s newly expanded 2018-2019 FTI grant program seeks to provide significant economic and cultural impact to local communities across the state. FTI is part of the Fox Theatre’s overall strategic plan to further increase its impact and outreach.

The FTI Preservation Grant, also known as the ‘brick and mortar’ grant, is awarded on an annual basis and assists theaters in completing projects that directly affect the integrity of the building or structure itself.

The 2018-2019 FTI Preservation Grant recipients are as follows:

  • Academy Theatre in Hapeville, GA - $25,000
  • Grove Theatre in Atlanta, GA - $100,000
  • Habersham Community Theatre in Clarkesville, GA - $49,400
  • Ritz Theatre/ Waycross Community Theatre in Waycross, GA - $19,625
  • Royal Theatre in Hogansville, GA - $51,250
  • Plaza Theatre Arts Center in Eatonton, GA - $66,400
  • Warrenton Cultural Center in Warrenton, GA - $17,600
  • Winterville Auditorium in Winterville, GA $47,500

Preservation Grants Total: $376,775


This year, FTI continued the Historic Structures Studies or Planning Grant. Recipients will receive support to complete a historic structure study or assistance in planning. Additionally, FTI will provide guidance on the study, including implementation process planning and securing project experts.

The following organizations were awarded 2018-2019 Historic Structure Studies or Planning Grants:

  • Holly Theatre in Dahlonega, GA - $6,600
  • Imperial Theatre in Agusta, GA - $15,000
  • Sara O'Kelly Municipal Auditorium in Grantville, GA $32,190

Historic Structures Studies/ Planning Grants Total: $53,790


FTI also awarded Urgent or Emergency support Grants to historic theaters and related structures in emergency situations when immediate and unanticipated work is needed to save a historic structure.

The following organizations were awarded 2018-2019 Urgent or Emergency Support Grants:

  • Elba Theatre in Elba, AL - $25,000
  • Theatre Macon in Macon, GA - $25,000

Urgent/ Emergency Grants Total: $50,000

7 Stages Theatre

7 Stages Theatre

1105 Euclid Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, Georgia 30307

Preservation Grant in FY 17-18
Total Amount Awarded: $50,000

Academy Theatre

Academy Theatre

599 U.S. 19
Hapeville, Georgia 30354

Preservation Grant in FY 18-19
Total Amount Awarded: $25,000

Abbeville Opera House

Abbeville Opera House

100 Court Square
Abbeville, South Carolina 29620

Urgent/Emergency Needs Grant FY 18/19
Total Amount Awarded: $25,000

Arts of the Pamlico

Arts of the Pamlico

150 West Main Street
Washington, North Carolina 27889

Urgent/Emergency Needs Grant in FY 18/19
Total Amount Awarded: $50,000       

Averitt Center For the Arts

Averitt Center For the Arts

33 East Main Street
Statesboro, Georgia 30458

Preservation Grant in FY 17-18
Total Amount Awarded: $18,819

Colquitt County Arts Center

Colquitt County Arts Center

401 7th Avenue Southwest
Moultrie, Georgia 31768

Preservation Grant in FY 17-18
Total Amount Awarded:  $14,640

Conyers-Rockdale Council for the Arts

Conyers-Rockdale Council for the Arts

910 Center Street Northeast
Conyers, Georgia 30012

Urgent/Emergency Needs Grant in FY 16-17
Total Amount Awarded: $11,348

DeSoto Theatre

DeSoto Theatre

530 Broad Street
Rome, Georgia 30161

Preservation Grant in FY 08-09
Amount awarded: $20,000
Urgent/Emergency Needs Grant in FY 17-18
Amount awarded: $20,000
Total Amount Awarded: $40,000

 Dillon County Theatre

Dillon County Theatre

114 North Macarthur Avenue
Dillon, South Carolina 29536

Urgent/Emergency Needs Grant FY 18/19
Total Amount Awarded: $50,000

Dixie Theatre

Dixie Theatre

107 North Green Street
Swainsboro, Georgia 30401

Preservation Grant in FY 17-18
Total Amount Awarded: $61,576

 Douglass Theatre

Douglass Theatre

355 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
Macon, Georgia 31201

Preservation Grant in FY 15-16
Total Amount Awarded: $10,000 

Elba Theatre

Elba Theatre

231 Court Avenue
Elba, Alabama 36323
Phone: 334-494-4629

Urgent/Emergency Grant in FY 18-19
Total Amount Awarded: $25,000

Festival Hall

Festival Hall

201 North Main Street
Greensboro, Georgia 30642

Urgent/Emergency Needs Grant in FY 17-18
Amount awarded: $19,640
Historic Structures Studies & Planning Grant in FY 17-18
Amount awarded: $1,250
Total Amount Awarded: $20,890

The Grand Opera House

The Grand Opera House

651 Mulberry Street
Macon, Georgia 31201

Technical Assistance & Services Grant in FY 17-18
Total Amount Awarded: $23,500

Grand Theatre

Grand Theatre

119 South Main Street
Fitzgerald, Georgia 31750

Preservation Grant in FY 09-10
Total Amount awarded: $35,000

Grove Theatre

Grove Theatre

1576 Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway Northwest
Atlanta, Georgia 30318

Historic Structures Studies & Planning Grant in FY 17-18
Amount awarded: $20,000
Preservation Grant in FY 18-19
Amount awarded: $100,000
Total Amount Awarded: $120,000

Habersham Community Theater

Habersham Community Theater

North Washington Street
Clarkesville, Georgia 30523

Historic Structures Studies & Planning Grant in FY 17-18
Amount awarded: $3,900
Preservation Grant in FY 18-19
Amount awarded: $49,400
Total Amount Awarded: $53,300

 The Historic Ritz Theatre

The Historic Ritz Theatre

1530 Newcastle Street
Brunswick, Georgia 31520

Preservation Grant in FY 10-11
Total Amount Awarded:  $50,000

Historic Ritz Theatre at the Schaefer Center

Historic Ritz Theatre at the Schaefer Center

139 East Doyle Street
Toccoa, Georgia 30577

Preservation Grant in FY 12-13
Amount Awarded: $10,000
Preservation Grant in FY 15-16
Amount Awarded: $46,295
Total Amount Awarded: $56,295

 Holly Theatre

Holly Theatre

69 West Main Street
Dahlonega, Georgia 30533

Preservation Grant in FY 14-15
Amount awarded: $10,000
Historic Structures Studies and Planning Grant in FY 18-19
Amount awarded: $6,600
Total Amount Awarded: $16,600

 Imperial Theatre

Imperial Theatre

749 Broad Street
Augusta, Georgia 30901

Strategic Planning Grant in FY 10-11
Amount awarded: $5,000
Preservation Grant in FY 17-18
Amount awarded: $42,258
Historic Structures Studies and Planning Grant in FY 18-19
Amount awarded: $15,000
Total Amount Awarded: $62,258

Knox Theatre

Knox Theatre

311 North Norwood Street
Warrenton, Georgia 30828

Preservation Grant in FY 12-13
Total Amount Awarded: $20,000

Madison Morgan Cultural Center

Madison Morgan Cultural Center

434 South Main Street
Madison, Georgia 30650

Preservation Grant in FY 15-16
Amount awarded: $25,000
Preservation Grant in FY 17-18
Amount awarded: $16,195
Total Amount Awarded: $41,195 

Mars Theatre

Mars Theatre

106 South Laurel Street
Springfield, Georgia 31329

Preservation Grant in FY 12-13
Total Amount Awarded: $20,000

Miller Theater

Miller Theater

708 Broad Street
Augusta, Georgia 30901

Preservation Grant in FY 15-16
Total Amount Awarded: $50,000

Morton Theatre

Morton Theatre

195 West Washington Street
Athens, Georgia 30601

Preservation Grant in FY 11-12
Total Amount Awarded: $30,000

The Plaza Arts Center

The Plaza Arts Center

305 North Madison Avenue
Eatonton, Georgia 31024

Preservation Grant in FY 18-19
Total Amount Awarded: $66,400

Plaza Theatre

Plaza Theatre

1049 Ponce De Leon Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, Georgia 30306

Preservation Grant in FY 13-14
Total Amount Awarded: $5,610

The President Theatre

The President Theatre

111 Broad Street
Manchester, Georgia 31816

Preservation Grant in FY 13-14
Total Amount Awarded: $27,000

Royal Theatre

Royal Theatre

400 East Main Street
Hogansville, Georgia 30230

Historic Structures Studies & Planning Grant in FY 17-18
Amount awarded: $29,125
Preservation Grant in FY 18-19
Amount awarded: $51,250
Total Amount Awarded: $80,375

Sara O'Kelley Municipal Auditorium

Sara O'Kelley Municipal Auditorium

123 Lagrange Street
Grantville, Georgia 30220

Historic Structures Studies and Planning Grant in FY 18-19
Total Amount Awarded: $32,190

Telfair Center for the Arts

Telfair Center for the Arts

903 West College Street
McRae, Georgia 31055

Urgent/Emergency Needs Grant in FY 17-18
Total Amount Awarded: $12,200

Theatre Albany

Theatre Albany

514 Pine Avenue
Albany, Georgia 31701

Urgent/Emergency Needs Grant in FY 17-18
Total Amount Awarded: $34,393

Theatre on the Green

Theatre on the Green

200 Market Street
Cheraw, South Carolina 29520

Urgent/Emergency Needs Grant FY 18/19
Total Amount Awarded: $50,000

Theatre Macon

Theatre Macon

438 Cherry Street
Macon, Georgia 31201

Urgent/Emergency Grant in FY 18-19
Total Amount Awarded: $25,000

Tift Theatre

Tift Theatre

320 Main Street South
Tifton, Georgia 31794

Preservation Grant in FY 17-18
Total Amount Awarded: $77,027

Warrenton Cultural Center

Warrenton Cultural Center

226 South Gibson Street
Warrenton, Georgia 30828

Preservation Grant in FY 18-19
Total Amount Awarded: $17,600

Waycross Area Community Theatre

Waycross Area Community Theatre

309 Pendleton Street
Waycross, Georgia 31501

Preservation Grant in FY 18-19
Total Amount Awarded: $19,625  

Winterville Auditorium

Winterville Auditorium

371 North Church Street
Athens, Georgia 30601

Preservation Grant in FY 17-18
Amount awarded: $55,476
Preservation Grant in FY 18-19
Amount awarded: $47,500
Total Amount Awarded: $102,976