Presenting Grants

Presenting Grants ($1,000-$10,000)

These grants support readings by authors and other presentations of literary works in public venues. Priorities for funding are proposals which include educational workshops and residencies, or to enhance audience development. Presenting grants are used to bring in artists from outside the county; performances by local artists may qualify under project grants.

Criteria for Funding

Grant applications will be evaluated according to how well the relevant criteria are addressed in the project. These include evidence of: artistic excellence, educational benefits, broad-based community support, long-term impact, benefit to professional writers, preservation of Alabama’s literary and cultural heritage, cultural diversity, accessibility to audiences, appropriate venue and involvement of qualified personnel.

Who may apply?

An organization is eligible to apply for funding support of Literary Arts activities taking place in Alabama, if the organization has a non-profit 501 (c) 3 designation from the IRS, or the organization is a public or private educational institution, a school board, a local or county governmental agency, or a college or university. Colleges and universities are eligible only for activities that clearly serve the needs of the general public and communities.

Match Requirement

These grants must be matched dollar for dollar in cash. When costs are offset through grants from other public funding sources, such as South Arts, the total combined funding from the State Arts Council and the other grants may not exceed 50% of the total cost of the presentation, including marking, space rental and other miscellaneous costs.

Funding Restrictions

The Alabama State Council on the Arts does not fund:
  • Projects not available to the general public
  • Activities and performances planned solely for fund raising purposes
  • Food, beverages, or other refreshments
  • Expenses incurred prior to October 1 or after September 30 of the current grant year
  • Investments of any kind
  • Projects that have sectarian or religious purposes. However, such institutions may apply on behalf of the community for arts activities or programming where artistic expression is a primary focus
  • Indirect costs
Note: Colleges and universities are eligible only for activities that clearly serve the needs of the general public. Indirect costs involving the administration of the institution cannot be included. Activities producing academic credit (except internships) or those oriented primarily to students or the academic communities are not eligible.