These funds support projects engaging a traditional artist/ensemble for multi-day residencies in Southern communities.View Full Guidelines
Applications for this grant closed on May 15, 2022. The guidelines below are for reference only.
Traditional Arts Touring Grants will require a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) instead of a DUNS Number. Read more about obtaining a UEI to begin the process of acquiring yours today.How to obtain a UEI
Traditional Arts Touring Grants aim to increase the public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the traditional arts in the South by bringing artists together in Southern communities. Traditional Arts Touring Grants are available for requests from $1,000 up to $5,000. This program requires a 1:2 match.
The South is home to an abundance of traditional art forms, whether they are indigenous to the region or reflect the traditions of recent immigrant communities. Traditional arts are the shared aesthetics, practices, and values of families, geographic communities, occupational groups, ethnic heritage groups, etc. Traditional arts are learned orally, or by observation and imitation, often through a mentor artist instructing an apprentice. They are usually maintained without formal instruction or academic training. Some traditional arts have a deep-rooted history with little change, while others are constantly evolving and adapting to their changing environment.
Examples of traditional art forms being practiced in the South (both performing and visual arts) include Afro-Cuban batá drum, Catawba pottery, Zydeco music, Indian Bharatha Natyam dance, Anglo American quilting, Peruvian retablos, African American gospel music, Chinese Zheng, Cherokee storytelling, and Minorcan netmaking, among others.
The Traditional Arts Touring Grant Program works to increase public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the traditional arts in the South through funding projects that bring traditional artists/ensembles to Southern Communities for two-day residencies.
This funding program is open to a wide variety of organizations, including community cultural organizations, schools/colleges/universities, libraries, museums, performing arts presenters, etc. The program serves both communities and traditional artists.
South Arts staff can direct you to potential resources and networks to identify traditional artists. Applicants are strongly advised to contact Teresa Hollingsworth (Director, Traditional Arts), at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-874-7244 x 814, to discuss your project before you submit your application.
South Arts has prioritized the following:
The following is a top-level list of the main eligibility requirements necessary to be considered for a Traditional Arts Touring Grant. Please refer to the full list of eligibility requirements in the program's Guidelines.
Applications are reviewed and funding decisions are made using the following criteria to evaluate each application:
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 Teresa Hollingsworth 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’ Executive Director no later than 15 calendar days following the receipt of the electronic 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 Executive Director, who will render a decision within 30 days of the appeal. Mail your appeal to:
ATTN: Executive Director
1800 Peachtree Street, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309.
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 as detailed below. NOTE: Please print a copy of your completed application forms for your records.
Please allow for plenty of time to organize and upload these required documents to eGrant. Applicants are encouraged to submit grant applications early.
South Arts encourages applicants to contact us with questions more than 48 hours before the application deadline; due to the volume of requests, South Arts team members may not be able to respond to inquiries submitted after that time
Applicants are required to submit the following materials:
Applicants must agree to the Contract Terms of Agreement for Traditional Arts Touring Grants, Assurance of Compliance, and Federal Suspension and Debarment Requirements prior to submission.
After reviewing program guidelines, log in to eGrant to apply for a Traditional Arts Touring Grant, edit an application in process, and submit any required reports.Log in to eGrant
Review recipient terms and conditions, download the appropriate logos, access final reporting requirements, and more.Manage Your Grant
For questions about Traditional Arts Touring Grants, contact program director Teresa Hollingsworth.Contact Us