PRESENTATION GRANTS | South Arts | Due March 1, 2024

PRESENTATION GRANTS | South Arts | Due March 1, 2024

Detailed Program Description

Presentation Grants are an opportunity for organizations in South Arts’ nine-state region to receive fee support to present Southern guest film directors, visual and performing artists, or writers from inside or outside of the presenter’s state. Artist fee support is awarded for:

  • film (documentary, fiction, experimental, and animation),
  • performing arts (theater, music, opera, musical theater, and dance),
  • literary arts (fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry),
  • traditional arts, and
  • visual arts (crafts, drawing, experimental, painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed media).

Projects must include both a public presentation (film screening, performance, reading, or exhibition) and an educational/community engagement component. These grants are limited and very competitive. Based on the artist fee, the maximum request is $9,500 for modern dance and contemporary ballet or $7,500 for other artistic disciplines. The grant requires a dollar-for-dollar cash match (for example, an applicant that requests $7,500 must provide a $7,500 cash match for a project with a $15,000 artist fee).

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 representing persons 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 program director Nikki Estes at 404-874-7244 x816 to discuss eligibility before applying.


Important Dates & Deadlines

  • An informational webinar will be held on January 9, 2024, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET | Register for the webinar. The webinar will be recorded and posted to this site afterwards.
  • Applications open on December 4 , 2023.
  • Applications must be submitted on or before March 1, 2024.
    Please note that staff will not be available for assistance after regular business hours, so we encourage questions and submissions as early as possible.
  • Applicants will be notified by email in late May 2024.
  • Projects must take place between July 1, 2024 and June 30, 2025.

Eligibility Requirements

The following is a top-level list of the main eligibility requirements necessary to be considered for a Presentation Grant. Please refer to the full list of eligibility requirements in the Guidelines section below.

  • Be a tax-exempt nonprofit or an official unit of local, county, or state government based within South Arts’ nine-state service area (AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, or TN)
  • Engage an artist or ensemble who resides within South Arts’ nine-state service area (AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, or TN)
  • 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.

Informational Webinar

An informational webinar will be held on January 9, 2024, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. ET to discuss best practices when preparing a Presentation Grant application. This webinar will be recorded and available on our website afterwards.