Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grants - FAQs

Please read the entire grant guidelines for your grant program prior to reviewing these FAQs. Many questions are answered in the guidelines, with additional clarification or examples provided here. If you cannot find the answer to your questions, please contact Leland McKeithan at lmckeithan@southarts.org or Ethan Messere at emessere@southarts.org.

FAQs updated March 11, 2021.

General

What is the minimum and maximum grant request?
The minimum grant request for this program is $500. The maximum grant request is $2,000.

What do you mean by a 2:1 match?
For every grant dollar awarded, the artist must provide a minimum of $.50 in a match. For instance, if an artist is awarded a $500 grant, the artists must provide an additional $250, for a total budget of $750. For a $2,000 award, the artist must provide an additional $1000, for a total budget of $3,000. The match can be the artist’s own funds, other grant awards, or other earned income.

Are partial awards made for this grant?
Grants will be awarded for the full request (up to $2,000) as long as the submitted budget meets the match requirements.

When is the grant application for this project due?
The Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grant runs on a rolling deadline, with applications submitted at least 60 days in advance of the opportunity, until funds are depleted. During the 2021 grant cycle, 11 awards were made.

When should the project take place?
The project period should be between April 1, 2021 and August 31, 2022. For projects and opportunities occurring after August 31, 2022, please apply during the next grant cycle.

Eligibility

What opportunities are eligible for this grant?
Different types of opportunities can be funded through this grant program. Most commonly, awards have been used to help an artist participate in an exhibition or residency, or travel to show or perform work at an invitational, but awards are not limited to these opportunities. No matter the opportunity, it is incumbent on the artist to make the case in the application that the opportunity will significantly impact and elevate the arc of their career.

Can I use this grant to document or promote or document a project?
Project documentation or promotion are not considered eligible opportunities for this grant. However, project documentation may be included in the budget under the umbrella of a larger opportunity, such as a national exhibition.

Can I use my award to study with an artist or expand my skillset?
No, participating in an advanced apprenticeship or paying to study with an artist are not eligible opportunities under this grant program.

Managing My Award

What do I do to accept my award?                                 
If your opportunity is awarded, you will receive an award notification with terms of funding. You must acknowledge receipt of the award notification and agreement to terms in writing in addition to submitting an up to date W9.

When do I receive my first grant payment?
You will receive 75% of your grant award 45 days prior to the activity start. If there is significant need of the first grant disbursement more than 45 days prior the start of your activity, a request must be made in writing to Ethan Messere at emessere@southarts.org.

How do I receive my final grant payment?
Final disbursement of the grant will be made upon filling out a final report. Please track your expenses and receipts to submit in your final report budget.

When can I fill out my final report?
In most cases, your final report must be submitted at the completion of your activity. In the case of an exhibition, you may submit a final report after your exhibition has opened, provided you can answer the narrative questions regarding the effect of the opportunity on your career at that time. In practice, an artist may not be able to answer these questions until they are midway through their exhibition.

COVID Updates & Changes

The timeline for my opportunity has changed. What should I do?
Notify the program director, Leland McKeithan, in writing immediately to discuss your options. You may be asked to fill out a Grant Change Request form or apply in a future funding cycle for your opportunity.

I can no longer participate in my opportunity in-person but I can participate virtually. How will this change my grant?
Notify the program director, Leland McKeithan, in writing immediately to discuss your options. If it is determined that there are eligible expenses related to virtual participation, you may be required fill out a Grant Change Request form or submit an updated budget for your grant.

My opportunity has been cancelled for the foreseeable future. What should I do?
Notify the program director, Leland McKeithan, in writing immediately to discuss your options. You may have to rescind your grant for the current funding round.