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.
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), traditional arts, 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, inclusion, and accessibility. 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, applications are encouraged for projects that engage BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ artists. South Arts’ guidelines also acknowledge the current realities of the presenting and touring field. For the 2022-2023 grant cycle, accept applications will be accepted for virtual presentations and for the engagement of local artists. Finally, this grant program is now supporting a broader range of artistic disciplines than in previous years. Therefore, we strongly encourage applications for film, literary, and visual arts projects.