Urgent/ Emergency Needs
FTI will not be offering grants for the 20/21 fiscal year. For more information about past grants awarded please click here.
Urgent or Emergency support is available to historic theaters and related structures in emergency situations when immediate and unanticipated work is needed to save a historic structure. Examples of urgent or emergency needs include:
- Fire or water damage
- Natural disasters
- General disrepair posing an immediate threat to the structure or architectural integrity
- Imminent demolition
- An option to purchase a structure (temporary or long-term), especially if a structural change or possible demolition are evident.
- These grants can range up to $50,000.
- A cash match is not required for these projects – however, a grant award from the Institute could be used as leverage for other support.
- Urgent or Emergency Grants can be sought and awarded on a rolling, as-needed basis.
- If the building is not owned by the applicant, a certified letter of consent from the property owner is required in order to apply.
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.
- 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.
- 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 Grant
- (Organizations may apply for Urgent or Emergency Needs grant support in addition to one of the categories listed above.)
The Fox Theatre Institute Preservation 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.
How to Apply
The Fox Theatre Institute suggests an initial phone call or meeting to review your project, the needs, and to obtain guidance on your grant application.
The following items are required for your application submission:
- Completed copy of appropriate application form, narrative, and enclosures as follows.
- Signed Certification form.
- Up to ten high-resolution digital images (minimum 300 dpi) with caption and credit information. Applications must include at least one overall view of the property. Images should be saved as individual files. No Word or PDF images will be accepted.
- A list of the applicant organization’s current board members, including officers and professional and civic affiliations.
- Applicant’s IRS determination letter of tax-exempt status or sponsor. If tax-exempt status has not been fully approved by the IRS, please provide evidence of filing.
- Resumes of any consultants, project managers, or personnel administering the project.
- One sample of promotional material for your organization.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Budget breakdown that outlines proposed expenses and revenue for the project.
- One or two historic property planning documents or research if available
For more information, questions, or other assistance, please contact:
The Fox Theatre Institute
FTI Funding Hurricane Florence and Michael Relief Grants
The Fox Theatre Institute released limited Urgent/Emergency Funds for historic theatres and arts centers directly impacted by the 2019 hurricane events in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. These grants were the first of their kind to be awarded in order to repair hurricane damage. The total amount awarded for damages from Hurricane Florence and Michael was $225,000.