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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes in
Multiple States for Educational Arts Presentations

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Deadline Date:

05/03/21 11:59 PM ET


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Grants of up to $7,500 to USA nonprofit organizations, government units, and tribal communities in multiple states to support arts presentations. Applicants must complete required registrations prior to submitting a proposal. Eligible presentations include those by visual and performing artists, film directors, and writers. Eligible projects must include both a public presentation and an educational component. Eligible projects must take place in South Arts’ nine-state region. South Arts’ nine-state region includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Unless there are special circumstances, projects should take place in the applicant's state.

Due to COVID-19, eligible projects have expanded to include:

  • Projects that involve virtual activities by the guest artist/company.
  • Projects that engage local artists.

South Arts have expanded the types of artists and presenting organizations eligible to apply for Presentation Grants. This program now offers fee support to present Southern guest film directors, visual and performing artists, or writers. Artist fee support is awarded for film (documentary, fiction, experimental and animation), performing arts (theater, music, opera, musical theater and dance), literary arts (fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry), and visual arts (crafts, drawing, experimental, painting, photography, sculpture and mixed media). Projects must include both a public presentation (film screening, performance, reading or exhibition) and an educational component.

South Arts is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. South Arts has prioritized this commitment to ensure that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) led and LGBTQIA+ led organizations are represented as both applicants and grantees. In addition, South Arts encourages applications for projects that engage BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ artists. The guidelines also acknowledge the current realities of the presenting and touring field. For the 2021-2022 grant cycle, South Arts will accept applications for virtual presentations and for the engagement of local artists. This grant program is now supporting a broader range of artistic disciplines than in previous years.

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GrantWatch ID#: 180099

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants are eligible to receive up to two-thirds of the artist fee as listed in the artist contract or letter of agreement, up to $7,500 (subject to funding availability). The minimum grant request is $1,000. The minimum artist fee for this grant program is $1,500.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place between September 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

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. For the purposes of these guidelines, presenters are defined as organizations that present or host artists for engagements in their communities. Presenters can include but are not limited to community cultural organizations, community centers, churches, schools/colleges/universities, libraries, museums, film festivals/series, and performing arts centers.

Applicants must have not-for-profit, tax-exempt status, be an official unit of local, county or state government, or be a federally recognized tribal community. For nonprofit applicants, tax-exempt status will be verified by a third-party entity. Governmental applicants must provide proof of government status.

For faith-based institutions, presenting projects must be without religious proselytizing.

South Arts does not accept applications from fiscal agents for this grant program.

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be a webinar on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 11 a.m. ET. It will discuss the goals of this program, explore the guidelines and application process, and go over frequently asked questions.

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Pre-Application Information:

Presentation Grant applications must be submitted by Monday, May 3, 2021 by 11:59 PM ET.

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

Based on the artist fee, the maximum request is $7,500 and requires a 50% cash match (for example, an applicant that requests $7,500 must provide a $3,750 cash match for a project with a $11,250 artist fee).

Applicants are limited to one Presentation Grant application per South Arts fiscal year.

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

All applicants must have a DUNS number. Applications will not be accepted from organizations that do not have a DUNS number. Visit the Dun & Bradstreet website at for additional information about DUNS numbers as well as instruction on how to receive one.

Applicants must commit to the Endowment’s Assurance of Compliance:

Contact Information:

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

Application Portal:

For questions about Presentation Grants, contact program director Nikki Estes.
Nikki Estes
404-874-7244 ext. 16

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Geographic Focus:

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

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