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Literary Arts Program

Grants to Alabama Nonprofits, Schools, IHEs,
Agencies, and Artists for Literary Arts Activities

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Alabama State Council on the Arts

Deadline Date:

09/01/17 5:00 PM


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Grants to Alabama nonprofit organizations, schools, IHEs, government agencies, and individual artists for a broad range of activities in the literary arts. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact program staff prior to applying. Draft applications will be accepted for review three to four weeks prior to the deadline.

The purpose of the Literary Arts grant program is to increase public awareness and exposure to literature and the state’s literary heritage and to support contemporary Alabama poets and writers of fiction, creative non-fiction, and other literary genres.

Program Components:

Presenting Grants:

These grants support readings by authors and other presentations of literary works in public venues. Priorities for funding are proposals which include educational workshops and residencies, or to enhance audience development. Presenting grants are used to bring in artists from outside the county; performances by local artists may qualify under project grants.

Project Grants:

Project grants provide support for a wide range of activities including literary festivals, contests and conferences or other gatherings, publications and community readings involving local writers. Education and outreach projects are priorities.

Administrative Project Support:

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 by the requesting organization may be submitted for new or existing activities. 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.

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. Individuals may request funds to study with another artist, or participate in a variety of special activities for artists. Requests must not relate to any program or project already funded or applied for in another component, and must not be eligible and appropriate for funding under any other component.

Internships and Individual Artists Grants:

These grant awards support artists engaging in projects that will have a demonstrated benefit to the art form, community, region or state and internships within an arts organization where there is a specific project to be done for the benefit of the community or organization. Applications must be made by a sponsoring 501(c)(3) organization which will serve as a fiscal agent and partner in the project.

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GrantWatch ID#: 181327

Estimated Size of Grant:

Presenting Grants: There is no limit on how much can be requested. However, grant awards rarely exceed $10,000.

Administrative Project Support: There is no limit on how much may be requested. However, grant awards rarely exceed $10,000.

Consolidated Projects: There is no limit on how much can be requested. However, grant awards rarely exceed $15,000.

Technical Assistance Grants: These grant awards generally do not exceed $1,000; the minimum award is $250.

Individual Artist Grants: Grant awards rarely exceed $10,000.

Term of Contract:

If submitting by the June 1st deadline, projects must occur between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018.

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.

An Individual artist is eligible to apply for an artist fellowship if he/she is a legal resident of Alabama and has lived in the state two years prior to the application deadline date. Additionally, applicants must be willing to maintain Alabama residency during the grant award year (October 1 - September 30).


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 which are requesting funds directly from the legislature for arts programing for the com- ing year are not eligible to apply under any program in these guidelines.

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 1or 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:

-June 1 for projects which will occur between October 1 and September 30.
-September 1 for projects which will occur between January 1 and September.

All applications are due by 5:00 PM on the deadline date. If the deadline date falls on a weekend or state holiday the application is due by 5:00 PM the next business day. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications by 4:45 PM on the deadline date to be sure it is transmitted before 5:00 PM.

For a Technical Assistance Grant, call program staff for availability.

Applications go through an extensive review process. It takes approximately three months between the time an application is received by the Council and the time the applicant is notified of final action.

With the exception of Artist Fellowships, Folk Arts Apprenticeships and AIE Enhancement, grant requests to the Council must be matched dollar-for-dollar in cash or a combination of cash and in-kind support. Presenting grants must be matched dollar-for-dollar in cash. 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.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Council office and communicate with a program manager. It is advisable to begin communication with a staff member well before the deadline date.

Organizations or individuals who are applying to the Council for the first time are encouraged to submit a draft version of their application to be reviewed by a program manager. Draft applications should be submitted for review no later than three to four weeks prior to the deadline date.

All applications, with the exception of Folklife Apprenticeships and Technical Assistance requests, must be submitted electronically via eGRANT.

Submission of the electronic form is the first part of a two-part application process. The second part is the mailing of the certification page with original signatures and the required supplemental materials.

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.

How to Apply:

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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 through eGRANT:

For questions related to the Literary Arts Program, please, contact:

Anne Kimzey, Literary Arts Program Manager
(334) 242-4076, extension 236

Alabama State Council on the Arts
201 Monroe Street, Suite 110
Montgomery, AL 36104-3721

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