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Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies in
Southern States to Host Performing Arts Events

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Deadline Date:

03/04/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 or $7,500 to Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee nonprofit and governmental arts presenting organizations to host performing artists for public events. Touring support is available for performances in opera, music, theatre, musical theatre, and dance. Projects must contain a public performance and an educational component.

Please note that these grants are limited and very competitive.


- The project must include both a public performance and an educational/outreach component. NOTE: Performances at conferences and school-focused performances (primarily engaging students, whether taking place at the school, or a performance venue) will not be considered public performances that are open and accessible to the general public; however, school-focused performances will satisfy the educational component requirement. For the public performance, a minimum of 60 minutes of performance by the artist/full company is required.

- Only one artist/company per grant application. The artist/company is required to fully participate in the performance. The artist or members of the company must also conduct the educational/outreach component.
- Events must be open and marketed to the public and dedicated to serving a wide audience. Projects are not required to serve the entire geographic community but should have targeted participants.

- All grant recipients are required to provide accessibility for constituents with disabilities at grant-funded events. For the purpose of these guidelines, accessibility relates to your overall facility and project being accessible to all. In addition to physical access (ramps, accessible parking/box office/restrooms/seating, etc.), communications and programmatic accessibility is not only required but can help your organization build audiences and strengthen engagement. Grant applications should show evidence of thoughtful planning and implementation efforts. The National Endowment for the Arts has resources to assist arts organizations in making accommodations. Please visit the NEA’s website for more information and view presentation slides from the fall of 2015. Applicants must commit to the Endowment’s Assurance of Compliance.

The educational/outreach component is an integral part of the engagement and should be carefully planned. A meaningful educational component should involve concentrated preparation by the artist/company and presenter, and include a learning event that has a lasting impact upon the audience (e.g., workshops, lectures and master classes). The artist(s)/company must conduct the educational activity. Please be aware that failure to include an educational/outreach component will result in ineligibility.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166033

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum request is 50% of the artist fee, up to $7,500 for dance projects or $5,000 for all other projects. The minimum grant request is $1,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


- Only nonprofit and governmental presenting organizations in South Arts’ nine-state region are eligible to apply. South Arts’ nine-state region includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

- Presenting organizations must have not-for-profit, tax-exempt status or be an official unit of local, county or state government. For nonprofit presenters, tax-exempt status will be verified by a third party entity. Governmental presenters must provide proof of government status. South Arts does not accept applications from fiscal agents for this grant program.

- All applicants must have a DUNS number. Applications will not be accepted from organizations that do not have a DUNS number.

- All applicants must have a readiness plan.  Applications will not be accepted from organizations that do not provide the required description of the readiness plan. 

- Eligible projects must take place in South Arts’ nine-state region. Unless there are special circumstances, projects should take place in the presenter’s state (please contact South Arts to discuss special conditions).

- Eligible projects must include the engagement of an artist or company that resides in South Arts’ region, excluding the applicant’s state. Please note the following exemption for touring within state boundaries: In-state touring is allowed for Southern artists residing at least 400 miles away from the applicant’s location.

- Presenters cannot receive funding for artists who reside in the presenter’s state (i.e., a Georgia nonprofit organization cannot apply for funding to present a Georgia artist).

- Presenters are limited to one Performing Arts Touring grant application per South Arts fiscal year.

- Presenters who have failed to submit final reports for any previous South Arts grant by the application deadline for this program will not be considered for funding in this grant cycle.

- Presenters who fail to properly acknowledge South Arts’ AND the National Endowment for the Arts’ support in programs and press materials may not be considered for additional funding.

Indirect and additional project costs are not supported by this grant.

South Arts does not fund benefits or fundraisers.

Grants are NOT transferable to other events. All changes in an event must be submitted in writing to South Arts before the event. Awards may be revised or revoked in light of such changes.

Pre-proposal Conference:

South Arts’ webinar will provide an overview of the application process on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 10am-11am (Central) / 11am-12pm (Eastern).

To participate in the meeting:

Pre-Application Information:

Performing Arts Touring grant awards require a dollar-for-dollar cash match.

New applicants are encouraged to contact Nikki Estes to discuss eligibility prior to submitting an application.

Performing Arts Touring applications must be submitted online by Monday, March 4, 2019 by 11:59 PM ET.

All grant applications must be submitted online using the eGrant system. It is recommended that you visit the site early to create your account, and become familiar with the system.

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by email within 12 weeks of the deadline.

More information about funding a qualifying Southern artist may be found here:


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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Nikki Estes
404-874-7244 ext. 16

South Arts, Inc
1800 Peachtree St NW, Suite 808
Atlanta, GA 30309

P: (404) 874-7244
F: (404) 873-2148
TTY: 711 or 1 (800) 255-0056

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Florida;   Georgia;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Mississippi;   North Carolina;   South Carolina;   Tennessee