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Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies in Southern
States for Professional Development for New Presenters

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South Arts

Deadline Date:

06/03/19 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and government agencies in Southern States for career development and mentorship opportunities for performing arts presenters. Funding is intended for professional presenters at the early stages of their careers. The program offers professional development, mentorship, and a travel subsidy for participation at the 2019 Performing Arts Exchange in Orlando, Florida. In addition, there is an opportunity to receive funding to join a statewide presenters’ network and to support artist fees for presenting one of the 2019 juried showcase artists.

The goals of this program are:
- Provide professional development for new presenting professionals
- Share resources for identifying high-quality artists
- Support learning through a peer network group and individual mentoring

South Arts’ nine-state region includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176957

Number of Grants:

Up to ten presenters will be selected in the fourth cohort.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Selected applicants will receive:

- Travel subsidy for attending the 2019 Performing Arts Exchange (PAE), September 23-26, 2019 in Orlando, FL (up to $1,000)
- Presenting grant to book a 2019 PAE juried showcase artist for the 2020-2021 season (up to $2,500)
- Support for statewide presenters’ network annual dues/fees (up to $200)
- Connection to a mentor

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. With the exception of the Traditional Arts Touring program, South Arts does not accept applications from fiscal agents.
- All applicants must have a DUNS number. Applications will not be accepted from organizations that do not have a DUNS number.
- Applicant organizations must have a current presenting season.
- Only new presenter participants are eligible to apply. Only Executive Directors, Associate Directors, or Programming Directors (i.e., individuals responsible for curating/programming season) that have been in their presenting role for less than two years prior to the Performing Arts Exchange start date (as evidenced by résumé). Previous PAE attendees are not eligible to apply.

Grant recipients are required to provide accessibility for constituents with disabilities at grant-funded events.

Presenters are limited to one application.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants are encouraged to contact Nikki Estes, Program Director, to discuss eligibility prior to submitting an application.

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM (Eastern Time) on Monday, June 3, 2019. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by email by June 29, 2019.

Applicants are required to attend the full conference, Monday, September 23, 2019 through Thursday, September 26, 2019. Applicants are required to attend the Presenting 101 Pre-Conference (12:00-4:30 pm) and New Colleagues Session (5:15-6:30 pm) on Monday, September 23, 2019. Applicants are required to participate in conference calls/webinars before and after PAE (a minimum of two calls/webinars will be scheduled).

Travel subsidies require at least a 1:2 match (for example, a $1,000 grant requires a match of $500). The match can include in-kind expenses such as your salary/time for attending the conference. The minimum travel subsidy request is $250; the maximum travel subsidy is $1,000 (up to $500 for conference registration and up to $500 for travel expenses). Grant funds are disbursed on a reimbursement basis only; grant recipients are required to submit receipts to document expenses. Grant funds are processed after the conference, pending receipt of the required documentation.

Presenting grants for artist fee support require at least a 1:1 cash match. The grant (up to $2,500) must be used to book a 2019 PAE juried showcase artist for the 2020-2021 season. The artist/company must reside outside of the presenter’s state, and must provide a public performance and an educational component.

Annual dues/membership fees (up to $200) for statewide networks will be supported only for NEW membership or organizations that do not have budgeted funds for dues/fees.

Grant payment is made after the completion of the project and the receipt and approval by South Arts of the Final Report.

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Nikki Estes
Program Director
Tel: 404-874-7244 ext. 16

South Arts, Inc
1800 Peachtree St NW, Suite 808
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: (404) 874-7244
Fax: (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