Grants of up to $2,500 for organizations to make arts programs accessible to persons with disabilities.View Full Guidelines
Applications for Micro Accessibility Grants are temporarily closed while we budget for the next application cycle. Please check back for future update. The guidelines below are for reference only.
The Southeast is home to some of the world’s more diverse and vibrant artistic communities. At South Arts, we believe that the arts are for everyone. The arts enrich the lives of people of all abilities and backgrounds. In our commitment to amplifying the success of the Southeast’s arts ecology, South Arts offers micro-funding to supplement the efforts of arts organizations throughout our service area.
Art making is for everyone too! South Arts encourages arts organizations to hire artistic personnel of all abilities at all levels; for these grants in particular, we encourage arts organizations to work directly with artists who identify as disabled.
Through our partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, South Arts offers small grants that compliment existing efforts by arts organizations to include audiences and artists with disabilities. Accessibility micro-grants are available to support Nonprofit, 501c3, arts organizations located within the South Arts Service region states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. This funding program is open to a wide variety of organizations, including community cultural organizations, museums, performing arts presenters, theatre companies, visual arts and music organizations.
South Arts has prioritized the following:
Applicants are strongly advised to contact Jessyca Holland (Director, Organization & Community Initiatives) at email@example.com or 404-874-7244 x823 to discuss your project before you submit your application.
The following is a top-level list of the main requirements necessary to be considered for a Micro Accessibility Grant. Please refer to the full list of requirements in the program's Guidelines.
In accordance with federal government policy, all organizations – including (but not limited to) private schools, government entities, public school districts, and nonprofit organizations – must provide a valid *Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) to receive a South Arts Accessibility grant award
*NEW FOR FY2023: All applicants must have a UEI (Unique Entity ID) number. Applications will not be accepted from organizations that do not have a UEI number. Visit www.sam.gov for additional information about UEI numbers as well as instructions on how to receive one. If your organization has used a DUNS (Data Universal Numbering System) number in the past, this link also provides instructions on transitioning to a UEI. This new SAM UEI is required for our grantees in programs supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Review more about how to obtain a Unique Entity ID here.
A full list of criteria and other project requirements is provided in the guidelines below.
Applicants may request funding of $500-$2,500 for eligible projects. Organizations must provide a 1:1 funding match; note that 50% of the recipient's match must come from a cash match.
If you need accommodations to complete this grant application, please contact the program administrator before submitting your proposal.Contact Us
Grants awards may reimburse the applicant for any combination of qualifying expenses incurred during the grant period. Projects may include but are not limited to the following:
Once you submit your application, the South Arts team will review submitted applications for completeness and compliance with guideline and application requirements. South Arts program staff and management will evaluate the applications based on the published Review Criteria. Staff will then develop funding recommendations, based on these evaluations and the availability of funds. Final funding decisions are approved by the Executive Director. Award notification is expected within two to three weeks of submission.
Applications are reviewed and funding decisions are made using the following criteria to evaluate each application:
Please reference the Micro Accessibility Grants Scoring Matrix to learn more about the review process and criteria.
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:
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’ President & CEO 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 President & CEO, who will render a decision within 30 days of the appeal.
Mail your appeal to:
ATTN: President & CEO
1800 Peachtree Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
If your application is funded, you will enter into a contractual agreement with the South Arts, and you must comply with all requirements stated in that contract.
Please note: Any significant revisions to grant-funded activities must be approved in writing, in advance, by South Arts.
Payments will be dispersed in two cycles. 80 percent (%) upon executed contract; 20 percent (%) upon submission of South Arts approved final report.
ALL GRANTEES are required to complete a Final Report at the end of the grant period. The Final Report Due Date is stated in the grant contract. Failure to submit an accurate and complete Final Report by the due date will result in cancellation of the award and repayment of any funds received. Applicants 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.
After reviewing the program guidelines, log in to our Salesforce Grant Portal to apply for a Micro Accessibility Grant, edit an application in process, and submit any required reports.Log in to our Salesforce Grant Portal
For questions about Micro Accessibility Grants, please contact Jessyca Holland.Contact Us