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Grants to USA Artists, Nonprofits, IHEs, and Agencies
in Multiple States for Collaborative Arts Projects

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05/11/20 6:00 PM EDT


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Grants to USA individual artists, IHEs, nonprofits, and government units in eligible states for collaborative arts projects. New applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Funding is intended to support projects in all arts disciplines, with priority for projects taking place in rural areas. Projects must feature “Arts & …”; for example, arts and the military, arts and aging, arts and community revitalization. Eligible applicants are located in South Arts’ nine-state region of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Tennessee.

 Arts disciplines may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Performing arts, including dance, music, theater, musical theatre and opera;  
  • Literary arts, including fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry; 
  • Visual arts, including craft, drawing, experimental, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media;  
  • Film or media; 
  • Traditional and folk arts, including music, craft, storytelling, dance; or 
  • Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary forms. 

South Arts welcomes proposals from partnering entities working together on a project that addresses arts and community impact through cross-sector partnership. Partnering entities are defined as a total of two parties working together for purposes of the proposed project. One entity must represent one or more artistic disciplines listed above and may be an individual artist or organization. One entity must represent an area of community impact listed above and must be an organization. These must be the only two official project Partners in the grant application, although additional individuals and/or organizations may be involved in the project’s implementation.  

Community impact areas may include, but are not limited to: 

  • Education, including literacy, youth development; 
  • Environment, including sustainability, weather impact; 
  • Health and human services, including aging, prisons and rehabilitation, military; 
  • Infrastructure, including housing, community revitalization, food and nutrition; or 
  • Social justice, including immigration, community activation, civic dialogue. 

All projects must include a minimum of two public-facing events held in accessible facilities. 

  • One must be public, meaning that the event is open to and marketed to anyone who wishes to come. This could be a concert, exhibit, workshop, screening or other event. It can be free or have an admission charge. 
  • The second event may also be public or can be for a targeted group/non-public audience such as a business group, university students/faculty, master classes, nursing homes, K-12 school students, patients/care providers, etc.  

At least one of these events must be an educational or outreach event that provides context or deeper understanding of the arts experience or project. Examples that would meet this requirement include a master class or workshop, live Q&A or interview with artist or other persons facilitating the project, a demonstration, or a post-event conversation. 

For examples of eligible expenses, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188389

Number of Grants:

South Arts anticipates supporting 4-5 continuation projects, and 7-10 new projects.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Projects that did not receive funding through this program in FY20, may received matching grants of up to $15,000. For projects that did receive funding in FY20, matching grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to continue or advance the project.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place between July 1, 2020 and December 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants may be organizations, units of government, higher educational institutions, or artists.

All applicants must:
- Be located/reside in South Arts’ nine-state region of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Tennessee;
- Be in good status with South Arts having submitted all past final reports; and
- Agree to acknowledge South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts in all programs and press materials related to funded projects.

A minimum of one of the two applicants must:
- Be a non-profit, tax-exempt organization or official unit of local, county, or state government, including an institution of higher education; and
- Have a DUNS number.

Aadditional individuals and/or organizations may be involved in the project’s implementation, in addition to the two principal partners. These may include local departments of federal agencies or education pre-school or K-12 schools/institutions as long as no funds are disbursed to additional partners.

Local or state governmental organizations must provide proof of government status. Non-profit status, if applicable, and DUNS numbers will be verified by an independent third-party entity.

Examples of eligible partnerships include:
- A non-profit arts organization or unit of government and a non-profit organization or unit of government from a non-arts sector
- An individual artist or ensemble and a non-profit organization or unit of government from a non-arts sector
- A non-profit arts organization or unit of government and an organization from a non-arts sector
- A university arts department and an organization from a non-arts sector

Ineligible partnerships include:
- An artist and/or arts organization without a non-arts partner
- A university department partnering with another university department

Ineligible applicants include:
- Federal agencies or local departments of federal agencies
- Educational pre-school and K-12 schools or institutions

Ineligible expenses include:
- Fundraising activities
- Alcoholic beverages
- Lobbying
- Costs not directly related to carrying out the funded project
- Capital expenses or purchases
- Construction, purchase or renovation of facilities
- International travel

Pre-proposal Conference:

Join the South Arts team for a webinar on preparing your Cross-Sector Impact proposal on March 12, 2020 at 2:00 pm. ET.

Register here:

Pre-Application Information:

- Letter of Interest: Monday, March 30, 2020 at 6:00pm EDT
- Invited Full Applications: Monday, May 11, 2020 at 6:00pm EDT

An online Letter of Interest will be accepted from any eligible and interested partnership of an artist or arts organization and a non-arts partner. On or around Monday, April 13, 2020, a limited number of applicants will then be invited to submit a full application. Preceding the application deadline, all invited applicants will be required to schedule a virtual meeting with South Arts to discuss their project.

A match of at least 1:2 is required, meaning for each grant funded dollar, the grantee must provide $.50 towards the project. Up to half of the match may be comprised of in-kind contributions such as donated materials, donated services, or other contributed non-cash assets. At least half of the match must be cash and cannot include salaried staff time allocated to this project. However, contracted services specifically for this project may be included in the cash match.



Contact Information:

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

Submit LOIs and applications online:

Direct questions to:
Michelle Grove Herzog
404.874.7244 x18

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Geographic Focus:

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

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