Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA)
09/01/19 5:00 PM - Deadline for Project Grants and Presenting Grants
Grants to Alabama nonprofits, schools, government agencies, and IHEs to support a range of activities related to the visual arts. Applicants requesting technical assistance must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended to promote professionalism, excellence, audience access, educational impact, and multiculturalism. The visual arts include sculpture, painting, printmaking, crafts, photography, design, media, and filmmaking. All projects must impact or have origins in Alabama.
The following types of Visual Arts grants are available to organizations:
Operating Support grants are available to major presenters, museums, art centers, local art councils, and professional arts producing institutions. These grants provide support and stability to large arts organizations with far-reaching cultural impact. Funding is provided for general program development and to stimulate private and additional public funding. Eligible groups are expected to be well established with ongoing fundraising efforts. They must show a high level of professionalism, both artistically and administratively, and must engage in strong community service and educational outreach.
General Projects: This component supports a wide range of activities undertaken by museums, art galleries, art centers, and other organizations with visual arts and crafts programming. Preference is given to activities emphasizing the creation, display, interpretation, and preservation of artwork by professional Alabama visual artists and crafts people. The quality of work to be presented is an important consideration in reviewing proposals.
For examples of appropriate visual arts projects, see:
Appropriate media/photography projects include creative works about a broad range of topics and/or journalistic documentation of an artist or art form. For additional information about media/photography projects, see:
Administrative Projects: Administrative support may be requested if a case is made in the application that directly connects administrative support to organizational growth and to enhancing the quality of programs. Salaries for full and part-time staff may be included as a prominent part of the request.
Consolidated Projects: A single application that consolidates several related projects put on by the requesting organization. A series of exhibitions, screenings or workshops may be considered as a consolidated project. The amount requested and the number of project components will affect the limit of applications each organization is permitted to submit per deadline and per year. If a Consolidated Project application is submitted, only one additional application may be submitted in the same fiscal year.
Presenting Grants provide support to art museums and other organizations for presenting touring or packaged exhibitions. To be eligible, the exhibition must originate outside the county where it will be shown. Priority is given to exhibitions that are educational, serve to increase the local audience for visual arts, and seek to incorporate the visual arts as an essential element in the educational experience of all Alabamians.
Technical Assistance Grants: Organizations and individual artists receive funding for special, one-time needs such as purchasing materials for a small-scale project, attending a conference, or bringing in a consultant. It allows them to take advantage of unique opportunities, such as the availability of an exhibition on short notice. Individuals may request funds to study with another artist, or participate in a variety of special activities for artists.
GrantWatch ID#: 171902
No more than four (4) Presenting Grant applications per fiscal year will be funded.
-General Projects: $1,000 - $10,000
-Administrative Projects: $1,000 - $10,000
-Consolidated Projects: $1,000 - $20,000
-Presenting Grants: $1,000 - $10,000. However, grant awards rarely exceed $7,500.
-Technical Assistance Grants: $250 - $1,000
Projects may occur between October 1 and September 30 (June 1 deadline); or between January 1 and September 30 (September 1 deadline).
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online through eGRANT:
Mail supplemental material to:
201 Monroe Street, Suite 110,
Montgomery, AL 36104-3721
Amy Williamson, Visual Art Program Manager & Gallery Director
Contact the Council’s office at 334-242-4076.