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  • 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.
  • Presenting organizations must have not-for-profit, tax-exempt status or be an official unit of local, county or state government. For nonprofit presenters, tax-exempt status will be verified by a third party entity. Governmental presenters must provide proof of government status. South Arts does not accept applications from fiscal agents.
  • All applicants must have a DUNS number. Applications will not be accepted from organizations that do not have a DUNS number. More about DUNS numbers and how to get one >>
  • Eligible projects must take place in South Arts' nine-state region. Unless there are special circumstances, projects should take place in the presenter’s state (please contact South Arts to discuss these conditions).
  • Eligible projects must include at least one of the following: (1) engagement of targeted underserved audiences (K-12 students, seniors, or individuals with disabilities); (2) engagement of an artist or company that resides in South Arts' region, excluding the applicant's state; and/or (3) a residency of three days or more.
  • Presenters cannot receive funding for writers who reside in the presenter’s state (i.e., a Georgia nonprofit organization cannot apply for funding to present a Georgia writer). Eligible projects must include guest writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry; playwrights are not eligible for this grant program.
  • Presenters cannot apply to both the Literary Arts Touring and Southern Fast Track Touring grant programs. Literary Arts Touring grantees from the past five years are no longer eligible to apply to the Southern Fast Track Touring grant program  for literary projects, and must apply to the Literary Arts Touring grant program (please contact South Arts to discuss these conditions if there are questions).
  • Presenters are limited to one Literary Arts Touring grant application per South Arts fiscal year. 
  • Presenters who have failed to submit final reports for any previous South Arts grant by the application deadline for this program will not be considered for funding in this grant cycle.
  • Presenters who fail to properly acknowledge South Arts' and the National Endowment for the Arts' support in programs and press materials may not be considered for additional funding.  


  • Literary Arts Touring applications must be submitted by Thursday, May 1, 2014 by 11:59 PM ET.
  • The project must take place between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015.
  • The project must include both a public reading and an educational/outreach component. NOTE: Readings at conferences and school-focused readings (primarily engaging students, whether taking place at the school or a venue) will not be considered open and accessible to the general public; however, school-focused readings will satisfy the educational component requirement. For the public reading, a minimum of 30 minutes of presentation (reading and lecture) is required.
  • Events must be open and marketed to the public and dedicated to serving a wide audience. Projects are not required to serve the entire geographic community but should have targeted participants.
  • All grant recipients are required to provide accessibility for constituents with disabilities at grant-funded events. For the purpose of these guidelines, accessibility relates to your overall facility and project being accessible to all. In addition to physical access (ramps, accessible parking/box office/restrooms/seating, etc.), communications and programmatic accessibility is not only required but can help your organization build audiences and strengthen engagement. Grant applications should show evidence of thoughtful planning and implementation efforts. The National Endowment for the Arts has resources to assist arts organizations in making accommodations. Please visit the NEA's website for more information. Applicants must commit to the Endowment's Assurance of Compliance.


  • The educational/outreach component is an integral part of the engagement and should be carefully planned. A meaningful educational component should involve concentrated preparation by the writer(s) and presenter, and include a learning event that has a lasting impact upon the audience (e.g., workshops, lectures and master classes). The writer(s) must conduct the educational activity. Please be aware that failure to include an educational/outreach component will result in ineligibility.
  • South Arts does not fund benefits or fundraisers.
  • Grants are NOT transferable to other events. All changes in an event must be submitted in writing to South Arts before the event. Awards may be revised or revoked in light of such changes.
  • Literary Arts Touring grant awards require a dollar-for-dollar cash match.
  • Applicants are eligible to receive up to 50% of the writer’s fee as listed in the contract, up to $2,500 (subject to funding availability).  Indirect and additional project costs are not supported by this grant.
  • The minimum grant request is $500.
  • Applicants can request fee support for multiple writers (subject to the noted limits). Each writer is required to fully-participate in the reading and educational/outreach component.
  • Due to federal travel sanctions, an application supporting international artists must be discussed with South Arts prior to submission.

Appeals Process

You can request a review of the method for South Arts' decisions concerning grant applications through the Appeals Process. If you did not receive funding or if your grant award was rescinded or reduced, you may submit an appeal based on the criteria listed below.  Incomplete applications are not eligible for the appeals process. Dissatisfaction with the denial or amount of an award is not sufficient reason for an appeal.

An applicant not funded may appeal South Arts' decision if the applicant can demonstrate that the application was rejected for any of the following reasons:

  • Application was reviewed using criteria other than those published;
  • Funding decision was influenced by panelist/staff/committee member who failed to disclose conflict of interest; and/or
  • Application materials (submitted by the deadline) were not provided to panel members.

If an applicant’s funds were rescinded or reduced, the applicant may appeal South Arts' decision if the applicant can demonstrate that (a) the project activities outlined in the application were performed, and (b) the contract terms and conditions were followed and fulfilled.

To appeal a funding decision, first contact the Program Director, Nikki Estes, to review considerations affecting South Arts' decision. If you believe that you have grounds for an appeal, you must submit your appeal, in writing, to South Arts' Executive Director no later than 15 calendar days following the receipt of the written notice from South Arts. The submission should contain evidence to support one or more of the allowable grounds for appeal. The decision on an appeal will be made by the Executive Director, who will render a decision within 30 days of the appeal.

Mail your appeal to:  South Arts, ATTN:  Executive Director, 1800 Peachtree Street, NW, Suite 808, Atlanta, GA 30309.