In response to COVID-19, grants between $5,000 and $20,000 are available to statewide or regional arts and cultural service organizations.View Full Guidelines
The deadline for this grant program has passed. The guidelines below are for reference only.
As a Regional Arts Organization, South Arts is committed to the sustainability of arts organizations and recognizes the devastating impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having in the Southern arts community. South Arts will offer a limited number of $5,000 to $20,000 grants to statewide or regional (multi-state) arts and cultural service organizations based in our nine-state region to help sustain operations during or after the pandemic. The goal of this grant is sustainability – helping these organizations to maintain staff and keep their doors open so that they can provide services to their wide geographic reach. Our hope is to ensure the viability of arts and cultural service organizations when leverage and impact are most critical to the larger arts community.
For this program, we define an “arts and cultural service organization” as an organization that furthers the interests of artists and arts organizations. The organization's services and programs may include policy development, advocacy, professional services, funding, fiscal sponsorship, technical assistance, or professional development. This definition is adapted from the Canada Council for the Arts.
This grant program supports South Arts’ mission of advancing Southern vitality through the arts and aligns with the following goal from South Arts’ strategic plan:
The following is a top-level list of the main eligibility requirements necessary to be considered for a Sustainability Grant for Statewide and Multi-State Arts Service Organizations. Please refer to the full list of eligibility requirements in the program's Guidelines.
A full list of eligibility criteria and other requirements is provided in the guidelines below.
South Arts will convene a panel of arts professionals to evaluate applications, and anticipates selecting between 15-20 grantees. Applications are reviewed and funding adjudications are made using the following criteria to evaluate each application:
In addition to organizational information, you will need to provide a narrative addressing the following:
All grant applications must be submitted online using the eGrant system. We recommend that you visit the site early to create your account, and become familiar with the system. Complete your application in eGrant and upload the required materials. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by email within 3 weeks of the deadline. For assistance, contact Nikki Estes at 404-874-7244 ext. 16.
South Arts strictly adheres to deadlines and will NOT accept applications that are late or incomplete. Deadlines are not extended due to inclement weather. Applicants must agree to the applicable Contract Terms of Agreement, Assurance of Compliance, and Federal Suspension and Debarment Requirements prior to submission. Please visit Manage Your Grant to the review the grantee responsibilities.
This grant program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. CARES funds are intended to help save jobs in the arts sector and keep the doors open to the thousands of organizations that add value to America’s economy and the creative life of our communities.
In addition to supporting this program, South Arts is distributing much of the CARES Act funding we received to our State Arts Agency partners, so that they may directly regrant and distribute it to additional organizations throughout each state in our region.
After reviewing program guidelines, log in to eGrant to apply for a Sustainability Grant for Statewide and Multi-State Arts Service Organizations, edit an application in process, and submit anyLog in to eGrant
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For questions about Sustainability Grants for Statewide and Multi-State Arts Service Organizations, contact program director Nikki Estes.Contact Us