Grants to Alabama Nonprofits and Agencies to
Identify, Present, and Preserve Local Folk Arts
Identify, Present, and Preserve Local Folk Arts
Alabama State Council on the Arts (ASCA)
09/01/17 5:00 PM
Grants typically up to $10,000 to Alabama nonprofits and government agencies to identify, preserve, and present local and regional folk arts traditions. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact program staff before applying. Funding may cover performances, festivals, field surveys, exhibitions and documentation projects such as film, video, photography recordings, radio, and publications.
Grants are available in the following categories:
These grants cover the cost of presenting folk artists from outside of one’s county or for packaged folk arts exhibitions. Performances by local artists may qualify under project grants. A number of Alabama traditional artists are available for booking.
Grant support is available for a wide range of projects. An applicant may submit no more than two applications per deadline. Examples of appropriate projects include:
- Documentation and presentation of Alabama folklife through media such as film, video, photography, recordings, radio and publications
- Festivals that present folklife and involve community-based folk artists
- Field surveys that identify and document Alabama folk traditions and practitioners
- The presentation of Alabama folk artists in performance or exhibition
- Educational materials such as curriculum guides and other resources that will further the understanding of Alabama folklife in a classroom setting
- An organization assisting a folk artist with a project to further his or her tradition
- Fee subsidies for no more than 50 percent of total cash expenses for booking performances of traditional artists from Alabama or elsewhere
Folklorists and other scholars of Alabama folklife are excellent resources for organizations when planning and implementing projects. It is strongly encouraged that applicants seek this professional expertise.
Also included in the Project Grants category are Administrative Support and Consolidated Projects grants.
- Administrative support for folklife organizations may be requested if it is connected to enhancing organizational growth and quality. Salaries for full and part-time staff may be included as a prominent part of the request. Project grants must be matched dollar-for-dollar in cash or a combination of cash and in-kind support. There is no request limit, however: grant awards rarely exceed $10,000.
- Consolidated projects entail 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. There is no limit on how much may be requested. However, grant awards rarely exceed $15,000.
Technical Assistance Grants
Deadline: Call for Availability
Organizations, individual artists, and folklife scholars receive funding for special, one-time needs such as purchasing materials for a small-scale project, attending a conference, or bringing in a consultant. Requests must not relate to any program or project on the Arts already funded or applied for in another component, and must not be eligible and appropriate for funding under any other component. These grant awards generally do not exceed $1,000; the minimum award is $250. A match will strengthen the application, but is not required.
For Presenting Grants, there is no limit on how much may be requested. However, grant awards rarely exceed $10,000.
Consolidated project grant awards rarely exceed $15,000.
Technical assistance grant awards generally do not exceed $1,000; the minimum award is $250.
Administrative support grant awards rarely exceed $10,000.
The project period will be January 1st through September 30th.
Governmental and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss grant requests with the appropriate program manager before completing the online application.
Project grants 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. 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.
All applications, with the exception of Technical Assistance requests, must be submitted electronically via eGRANT. Submission of the electronic form is the first part of a two-part application process. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications by 4:45 P.M. on the deadline date to be sure it is transmitted before 5 PM. 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:
More information on Presenting Grants: http://www.arts.state.al.us/programs/folk_life/folkart_present_grant.aspx
More information on Project Grants: http://www.arts.state.al.us/programs/folk_life/folkart_project_grant.aspx
More information on Technical Assistance Grants: http://www.arts.state.al.us/programs/folk_life/folkart_tech_grant.aspx
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: https://alabamaarts.egrant.net/
Joey Brackner, Folk Arts Program Manager
334 242-4076, ext. 225
Alabama State Council on the Arts
201 Monroe Street
Montgomery, AL 36130-1800
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