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:
- South Arts prioritizes applications from BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ identifying organizations.
- South Arts prioritizes applications from organizations led by persons with disabilities or organizations that provide significant programming to artists or audiences with disabilities.
- South Arts is committed to funding artists organizations in rural communities (with populations under 50,000).
Applicants are strongly advised to contact Jessyca Holland (Director, Organization & Community Initiatives) at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-874-7244 x823 to discuss your project before you submit your application.
Important Dates and Deadlines:
- Application Opens: August 1, 2023
- Application Deadline: applications are awarded on a rolling basis until May 15, 2024.
- Applicants will be notified within three weeks of the submission.
- Projects must take place between August 15, 2023 - June 30, 2024.
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.
- Be a 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 grant does not provide support to fiscally sponsored projects or entities. The organization must:
- has a primary mission focused on the arts, or
- serves as the primary arts provider in its community, or
- will commit to a project that connects the arts to persons who have disabilities.
- Conduct programming/projects as outlined in the Usage of Funds section below.
- Organizations are limited to one Accessibility Grant award per fiscal year (July 1-June 30).
- Programs that include paid opportunities for disabled artists are highly encouraged.
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.
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. Thanks to a generous gift from a donor, no matching gifts will be required of applicants for the FY 2024 Micro Accessibility Grant cycle.