Professional Development and Artistic Planning Grants are available to support the professional development needs of Southern presenters, programmers, or curators, for strengthening program design or increasing organizational capacity. South Arts strongly believes professional development for presenters/programmers/curators is integral to success, including traveling to see new works and attending convenings. This grant program is open to film, visual arts, performing arts, traditional arts, literary arts, and multidisciplinary organizations.
This funding can support staff’s travel expenses to conferences, festivals, exhibitions, workshops, and other professional development opportunities. Funding also supports guest artists’ or guest curators’ travel expenses for onsite planning meetings with presenting organizations. These grants support travel expenses (for example, lodging and air/ground transportation), admission/registration fees, and other related expenses. In addition, these grants support expenses for virtual professional development opportunities and staff training (for example, diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility training or technology training for virtual engagements).
South Arts is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. We have prioritized this commitment to ensure that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) led organizations, LGBTQIA+ led organizations, and organizations led by people with disabilities are represented as both applicants and grantees. In addition, we encourage applications for projects that engage BIPOC artists, LGBTQIA+ artists, and artists with disabilities.
New applicants are encouraged to contact Nikki Estes at 404-874-7244 ext. 816 to discuss eligibility prior to submitting an application.
Important Dates & Deadlines
- Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
- Applications must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the project start date.
- Applicants will be notified by email within four weeks of submission.
- Eligible projects must occur between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024.
The following is a top-level list of the main eligibility requirements necessary to be considered for a Professional Development and Artistic Planning Grant. Please refer to the full list of eligibility requirements in the program's Guidelines.
- Be a tax-exempt nonprofit, an official unit of local, county, state government, or a federally recognized tribal community based within South Arts' nine-state service area (AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, or TN)
- Ineligible applicants include:
- Organizations based outside of AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, or TN
- Fiscally sponsored organizations
- For-profit businesses or organizations
- Artists or ensembles
- Be for new opportunities and relate to the applicant’s work as a presenter (for the purposes of this program, we define presenters as organizations that present or host guest artists for engagements in their communities)
- Have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)
- Provide a dollar-for-dollar cash match
A full list of eligibility criteria and other project requirements is provided in the guidelines below.