Presenter Assistance

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center’s Doug Varone and Dancers Residency,
Photo: James Estes

"I believe having [Doug] Varone in town to meet with our partners and see the spaces allowed for a deeper connection in advance of the residency and created smoother communication lines in the months that lead up to the residency. It also helped me get excited about the work, which helped me better communicate and promote the program to our community partners, campus and the community at large." - Shannon Hooker, University of North Carolina Wilmington/UNCW Presents

In our continuing effort to build a better South through the arts, South Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts offers a limited number of Presenter Assistance grants to nonprofit performing and literary arts presenters in our nine-state region. To strengthen program design and organizational capacity for presenters, funding up to $700 will support Planning Grants for artist residencies and Travel Grants for professional development. These grants are very limited and awarded on a first-come/first-served basis; so early submission is encouraged. A dollar-for-dollar cash match is a requirement.

Planning Grants
Through South Arts’ Dance Touring Initiativewe have become convinced of the value of in-person, on-the-ground planning between presenters and artists. Artists learn about the community, presenters talk through a variety of potential artistic experiences for their community, expectations are articulated, and often new ideas emerge – and ultimately a more relevant, satisfying and successful residency takes place.

This funding supports travel expenses for an Artistic Director or artist to visit presenters and their communities to plan residency activities for upcoming engagements. These grants aim to support the collaborative effort between presenters and touring (performing and literary) artists, and assist with building audiences and strengthening community involvement through artist residencies. The maximum request is 50% of the travel expenses, up to $700.  Awarded funds are disbursed on a reimbursement basis only.  Applications are due at least 60 days prior to the planning visit.

Travel Grants
During these challenging times, South Arts understands the importance of professional development for presenters throughout the year. Through our commitment to professional development in the field, which can include seeing new work and attending convenings, we hope to impact presenters’ knowledge and capacity.  The intent of this grant program is to offer assistance to presenters for opportunities that they normally would not be able to afford. Applications will only be accepted for new opportunities that presenters, under normal circumstances, are unable to attend. Consideration will be given to presenters who have experienced an ongoing hardship and have been unable to continue their professional development.

This funding supports staff members to travel to conferences, workshops, and other professional development opportunities. These grants support travel expenses (for example, lodging and air/ground transportation), admission/registration fees, and other related expenses. The maximum request is 50% of the conference/professional development expenses, up to $700. Awarded funds are disbursed on a reimbursement basis only. Applications are due at least 60 days prior to the event. An application may be submitted to support multiple staff members (as long as the maximum request is not exceeded).

  • Presenters are limited to one Planning Grant AND one Travel Grant per South Arts fiscal year.
  • All activities must take place between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014.
  • Presenter Assistance grant applications must be submitted online at least 60 days prior to the activities. 
  • All applicants are required to contact Nikki Estes at 404-874-7244 ext. 16 to discuss eligibility prior to submitting an application.


We Need Your Feedback!

This is a new program, and we want to ensure that we are meeting the needs of the presenting community. If your activities do not fit within these guidelines, please contact Nikki Estes at 404-874-7244 ext. 16.