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Grants to Alabama Nonprofits, Schools, IHEs, and
Agencies for Visual Arts Projects and Programs

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Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA)

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09/01/19 5:00 PM - Deadline for Project Grants and Presenting Grants


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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:,150,100#page=21

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:,150,100#page=22

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#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171902

Number of Grants:

No more than four (4) Presenting Grant applications per fiscal year will be funded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

-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

Term of Contract:

Projects may occur between October 1 and September 30 (June 1 deadline); or between January 1 and September 30 (September 1 deadline).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An organization is eligible to apply for funding support of arts activities taking place in Alabama if the organization is legally domiciled in Alabama and meets either of the following qualifications:
-The organization is nonprofit with a determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service declaring the organization exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
-The organization is a public or private educational institution (such as an elementary or secondary school), a school board, a local or county government agency or a college or university. Private educational institutions must be nonprofit and meet the tax-exempt requirements described above.

Colleges and universities are eligible only for activities that clearly serve the needs of the general public and communities. Indirect costs involving the administration of the institution cannot be included. Activities producing academic credit (except internships) or those oriented primarily to students and the academic community are not eligible.

Private nonprofit organizations that are requesting funds directly from the legislature for arts programing for the coming year are not eligible to apply under any program in these guidelines.

To be eligible for Operating Support, an organization must have a three-year average cash income of at least $800,000, and a full-time administrative staff responsible for the overall function of the organization.. NOTE: The Council is not currently accepting new organizations into the Operating Support Program.

In instances where an organization receives other state money for any purpose covered by the support programs in these guidelines - whether directly from the legislature or through another fiscal agent - the Council will consider such state support when evaluating applications and awarding grants.

The Alabama State Council on the Arts does not fund:
-Projects not available to the general public
-Activities and performances planned solely for fundraising purposes
-Food, beverages or other refreshments
-Interest on loans, fines, penalties, and/or litigation costs
-Expenses incurred prior to October 1 or after September 30 of the current grant year
-Investments of any kind
-Church projects which have sectarian or faith-based objectives; however, nonprofit religious groups may apply for community arts activities and programming where artistic expressions are the primary focus
-Indirect costs

Pre-Application Information:

Operating Support requests may only be submitted for the June 1 deadline. Project Grants and Presenting Grants may be submitted for the June 1 or September 1 deadline. If requesting Technical Assistance Grants, call for availability. The eGrant system will close promptly at 5:00 p.m. on the application deadline date. Grants should be submitted by 4:45 p.m. to ensure transmission by 5:00 p.m.

After submitting the electronic form, mail the certification/signature page with original signatures and the required supplemental materials. This material is due in the Council’s office within three days after the electronic application is submitted.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss grant requests with the appropriate program manager before completing the online application.

Grant requests to the Council must be matched dollar-for-dollar in cash or a combination of cash and in-kind support. In order to count as matching funds, cash or in-kind contributions must be used to accomplish the programming objectives outlined in the application during the specified grant period. In-kind contributions may include donated services, space, or materials essential to the completion of the arts project.

Presenting grants must be matched dollar-for-dollar in cash. When costs are offset through grants from other public funding sources, such as South Arts, the total combined funding from the State Arts Council and the other grants may not exceed 50 percent of the total cost of the presentation, including marketing, space rental and other miscellaneous costs.

Technical Assistance Grants do not require a match, although a match will strengthen the application request. Contact program staff to check on funding availability and to request an application form.

More information about Operating Support may be found here:

More information about Project Grants may be found here:

More information about Presenting Grants may be found here:

More information about Technical Assistance Grants may be found here:


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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.

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USA: Alabama