Proclamations are issued by the Atlanta City Council to recognize outstanding local events, programs and nonprofit organizations that make Atlanta a great and viable city. Individuals, for-profit businesses, and organizations and events outside of the City of Atlanta are not eligible for proclamations. National or regional events are eligible if there is a local partner.
Proclamation requests must:
- be submitted by Atlanta residents;
- have the sponsorship of a City Council representative
- not duplicate other similar requests; and
- not take sides in matters of political controversy, ideological or religious beliefs, or individual conviction.
Proclamations are ceremonial documents signed by the members of the Atlanta City Council and generally issued for:
- Public awareness campaigns
- Nonprofit organizations
- Arts and cultural celebrations within the City of Atlanta
- Special honors (on the recommendation of the President and members of the Atlanta City Council)
- Birthdays (90+)
- The Atlanta City Council reserves the right to modify or deny any proclamation request. For proclamations honoring an individual or organization for city-wide contributions, attempts are made to obtain signatures of all City Council members.
- A congratulatory letter is an alternative where proclamation criteria are not met.
Who can make a proclamation request?
- Request must be made by a City of Atlanta resident or organization that does work within the City of Atlanta.
Proclamations often are read at a regular session City Council meeting (generally on the first and third Monday of each month) and presented to representatives of the organization being honored. If you would like your proclamation to be presented at a Council meeting, there must be at least one representative in attendance to accept it. Please contact your City Council representative’s office to schedule the presentation.
Proclamations also can be issued without reading or presentation at a Council meeting. Please be sure to note on the proclamation form if you would like to pick up your proclamation at the City Council office instead of during a Council meeting.
HOW TO REQUEST A PROCLAMATION
1. Please submit your request for a proclamation no later than 30 days before the proclamation date. Your request will go through an internal review, therefore it is very important to meet the deadline and to fill out the form completely.
2. The body of a proclamation (the "whereas" sections) is limited to 150 words and 5 "whereas" sections.
Atlanta City Council
Office of Council Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30303