Since its start in 1998, the Decatur Craft Beer Festival has granted more than $1,200,000 to Decatur nonprofit groups. Previous grant recipients include Decatur Arts Alliance YEA!, Decatur Makers, Amplify My Community, and Decatur Education Foundation.
Check this page for more information about the grants and to find the grant application for the coming year. Applications should be mailed to the Decatur Craft Beer Festival Grant Committee, Post Office Box 220, Decatur, Georgia 30031 to be received in the Special Events office by the deadline.
If you have questions about grants, contact Shirley Baylis.
2018 Grant Recipients
Over the last 20 years, the Decatur Craft Beer Festival has given more than $1.35 million dollars to nonprofit groups and to a variety of projects in Decatur. Checks were given to the 2018 grant recipients at the Decatur Business Association’s annual holiday meeting in December. The 2018 recipients were:
Amplify My Community, Inc.
To host a community-based concert series on the Decatur square to engage the community and raise funds and awareness for Decatur Cooperative Ministry’s work to alleviate homelessness in the city of Decatur and DeKalb County.
To establish an art-based business group whose goal would focus on the sustainability of art-based businesses in the city of Decatur, which includes a monthly Gallery Night.
Decatur Cooperative Ministry
To help support the family transitional housing program.
To support the development of a community event to raise awareness about mental illness and the struggles that students are facing, and connect parents with resources that will help them and their children.
To purchase laptops loaded with the appropriate software to make available to makers who do not have laptops and relevant software for classes and projects.
To help support the annual project, which assists low-income senior Decatur homeowners with house maintenance and repairs, and provides it free of charge to the community
For the purchase of 15 new dress forms and mannequins for proper display of historic clothing.
To support the creation of “Sewing at Decatur,” a free sewing class to be offered to teens and adults. Funds will be used to purchase sewing machines.
DeKalb Rape Crisis Center
To pay for six months of the costs to operate one 24-Hour Crisis Line answering service to ensure that every survivor, family member or community person who contacts the hotline can speak with a real person on the phone who can connect them with the on-call advocate for the center.
Friends of Decatur Cemetery
To purchase a gravestone to mark the grave of Henry Oliver, Decatur’s first African-American business owner.
Friends of L’Arche Atlanta
To support their “Home of Life” campaign, to open a second home through a special partnership with Woodlands Garden, which will be a permanent home for four adults with intellectual disabilities, and to promote fellowship with local residents.
Funds will be used to maintain and care for more than 70 fruit trees and bushes in the Decatur Kitchen Garden. Tools, soil amendments, organic fertilizers, organic pest control, and harvest equipment will be purchased.
Funds will be used for marketing, event insurance and entertainment for the free community parade, which attracts visitors to Decatur, builds community, and promotes local business.
Housing Authority of the City of Decatur
To support the STAR Afterschool College Tour program, which supports educational development and encourages students to take ownership of their academic careers. The program exposes students to higher education and inspires them to develop a personal vision that includes attending a secondary educational institution.
To support providing transportation for senior citizens to doctor appointments in Decatur-DeKalb County.
To cover expenses for police presence during the annual parade and festival. The event raises funds to support CSD music and arts programs.
To purchase curriculum supplies and materials to be used in the Early Childhood Education program for 2019.
To purchase plants, wildflowers and grass seed for the meadow in Decatur Cemetery.
Funds will be used for the landscape design planting, plant materials, and installation of a new native pollinator plant garden at the corner of Scott Boulevard and Clairemont Avenue.
To repair the Cob House and garden, and to rebuild the children’s area at the Wylde Center.