To be considered for this grant, the applicant must:
- Be an individual artist working in one of the following artistic disciplines: visual arts, craft, traditional arts/folklife, photography, performing arts, literary arts, film, media arts, interdisciplinary arts or multimedia arts
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Cannot be a matriculated student in a graduate, undergraduate, or high school program
- Be a United States citizen, lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence, or have permission from the Department of Homeland Security to work permanently in the U.S.
- Be a resident of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Tennessee
- Expect to maintain residency in the region during the award period. Applicants may be asked to submit a copy of their official state I.D./driver’s license as proof of residency later in the process, to confirm eligibility
- Submit a complete and accurate application
Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grants will pay up to 2/3 of the total cost of the opportunity, with a minimum award of $500 and a maximum award of $2,000. The individual artist must cover the remaining expenses. South Arts requires a 2:1 match meaning that (as an example) if the total opportunity cost is $3,000, the applicant may request $2,000 and provide the remaining $1,000 from other sources. This is a competitive grant program and South Arts expects to award between 10 and 15 grants during this cycle.
Grant recipients should note that award money is taxable income and must be reported as such. Grantees must comply with all applicable city, state, and federal laws, ordinances, codes, and regulations.
To receive final payment, grant recipients are required to submit receipts/documentation of expenses after the completion of the funded activity.
Grant funds will be disbursed as follows: 75% of grant award up to 45 days prior to the event/activity, and 25% of grant award upon receipt of final report and applicable receipts/documentation of expenses.
Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Director for Arts Engagement, Emmitt Stevenson to discuss the opportunity before submitting an application at email@example.com; or 404-874-7244 x 825.
- Applicants may submit only one Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grant application per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30)
- An individual receiving this award cannot re-apply for a period of four years
- Individuals receiving this award ARE eligible to apply for other South Arts funding (including the Southern Prize and State Fellowships, Jazz Road and the Folk and Traditional Arts Master Artist Fellowships) unrelated to this project. South Arts funds cannot be used as a match for this program
- Applicants will be notified of funding decisions via email in early June 2023
- The program funding cycle is July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024
- NEW: Activities must begin on or after July 1, 2023 and conclude by July 31, 2024
- Recipients will be required to document grant-funded activities, keep records of expenses, and submit documentation and receipts to receive final payment
- Recipients will be required to submit a final report within 30 days of the completion of funded activities.
- Use of Funds
Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grant recipients must use the grant funds as stated in their application and budget. Grants are not transferable to other events or activities except in extenuating circumstances and with written approval from Program Director Emmitt Stevenson. Any proposed changes from the original application must be submitted in writing to, and approved by, South Arts before the activity. South Arts retains the right to approve, revise or revoke the award due to such changes.
- Review Process
Arts professionals will review applications according to these criteria, using the narrative, evidence of invitation or opportunity, budget, work samples, and resumé. The criteria are weighted on a 100-point scale:
Career Impact (50%) – Likelihood that the proposed activity will lead to substantial and significant career advancement. The opportunity, at this time, is a milestone career-impacting activity. The opportunity may be significant because your artistic practice is informed by being an artist who self-identifies as LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, or as an artist with a disability.
Artistic Quality (30%) – Artistic excellence of the applicant as demonstrated through work samples and resumé; and the artistic excellence of the opportunity (the host organization; any other artist(s) invited or selected for the opportunity; etc.). LGBTQIA+, BIPOC here?
Capacity/Budget (20%) – The applicant demonstrates the ability to complete the proposed activity and leverage the experience into career advancement. This is demonstrated through answers to narrative questions as well as the proposed use of grant funds.
- Narrative Questions
The applicant must answer each question. Applicants should include 3-5 links for websites relevant to the application (e.g. the applicant’s website; that of the host/inviting organization or program in which the applicant wants to participate; etc.).
Applicants must also include letters of invitation or opportunity for exhibitions, residencies, performances, or programs (if applicable); relevant information about venues/locations, festivals, screenings; and any information about other guest artists or participants and their credentials that are likely to aid in career advancement.
- In a few sentences, provide a summary of the proposed activity for which you seek grant support including the location, date(s), name of the opportunity/event, and the host organization. (350 characters)
Career Impact 50% (limit 1,500 characters)
- Describe how this proposed activity will lead to significant and substantial advancement in your artistic career. What about this opportunity currently elevates it to a milestone career-impacting activity?
- Describe your plan for moving your career forward after the completion of this activity. How will you use your experience (artistically; through new connections and networks; competitively) to ensure the highest impact on your work?
- Please indicate if your artistic practice is informed by being an artist who self-identifies as LGBTQIA+, BIPOC, or as an artist with a disability. Describe how the project might further your career as an artist who identifies in this way.
Artistic Quality 30% (limit 1,500 characters)
- Describe your artistic practice. How long have you been engaged in this artistic pursuit? What significant milestones have you reached thus far?
- Describe the artistic quality of the opportunity and how it relates to your own artistic practice and goals. Is this a juried or invitational activity? What is the history of the host organization?
- If you will be working with or learning from other artists that will inform your artistic practice, please identify them and describe their work.
Capacity/Budget 20% (limit 1,500 characters)
- Describe any collaborations, partnerships or other relationships that will be important for undertaking this opportunity and leveraging it for further success, if applicable.
- List the timeline of activities related to the proposed opportunity, including preparatory and post-activity milestones. (Note that budget information required later in the application will be considered as part of Capacity.)
- Budget & Eligible Expenses
Grants will pay up to 2/3 of the total cost of the opportunity, with a maximum award of $2,000. The applicant must cover remaining expenses, and South Arts requires a 2:1 match (2 South Arts: 1 grantee). Artists may include self-funding in the match. Example: If the total opportunity cost is $3,000, the applicant can request $2,000 and provide the remaining $1,000 from their own resources.
Budget details should identify the source of funds (including self-funding, institutional stipends, or additional grant funding) not covered by this grant request. Total projected expenses must meet or exceed the request by 50%.
Funds can be used for these eligible expenses directly related to participation in proposed activities
- Travel (air, ground, lodging, per diem)
- Equipment rental
- Services/professional fees (preparators, photo/videographers, visa services, master artist stipends, etc.)
- Facility/space rental or fees
- Documenting funded activities or work resulting from the activities
- Childcare or eldercare costs that arise as a result of the proposed activity
- Other (applicant must provide specifics)
- Work Samples
Artists may submit a total of three samples of their own work. All work must have been completed within the last five years and should be dated. A mix of media is acceptable. Work samples will be used to evaluate artistic quality. Work samples should be uploaded, or links to online samples be provided, through the online application form. If files are larger than 25MB, artists are encouraged to link to a web-hosted sample of work.
Samples should not be mailed to South Arts. No hardcopy or physical samples will be accepted.
- Photographs: Clearly labeled high resolution images of the applicant’s work. Acceptable file formats include jpg, jpeg, gif, png, bmp, tif, psd, pdf, doc, and docx.
- Audio Recordings: While .wav files are recommended; all standard file formats are acceptable.
- Video Recordings: URL links to YouTube, Vimeo, or other publicly accessible internet sources.
- Other: If the applicant’s artform requires work samples to be submitted in another format, please contact us to discuss options.
Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae or resumé as an attachment; we recommend these documents be no more than two pages.
- Demographic Information
Demographic information is for South Arts’ use only; this information will not be shared
- Birth Year
- How do you describe your gender identity? (Female, Male, Non-binary/Genderqueer/Gender non-conforming, My gender identity is not listed, Prefer Not to Answer)
- Do you identify as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community? (Yes, No, Prefer Not to Answer)
- Artists with Disabilities
- Readiness & Emergency Preparedness
Are you prepared for a crisis? Don’t let an unexpected event, whether natural disaster or human-caused, devastate your career. CERF+/The Artists Safety Net provides multiple resources for artists of any discipline to protect their work, studio, records and physical health and safety.
Applicant affirms that all information in the application is correct and agrees that they have read the guidelines and will abide by the grant terms.
- Technical Assistance
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