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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies in
Southern States to Host Traditional Arts Specialists

Traditional Arts Touring Grant

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South Arts

Deadline Date:

05/15/22 11:59 PM ET


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Grants of up to $5,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies in multiple southern states to host artists and scholars specializing in traditional art forms. Funding is intended to support projects that include a public performance or exhibition and an educational or outreach component. The program serves both communities and traditional artists. South Arts’ nine-state region includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

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. Traditional arts are the shared aesthetics, practices, and values of families, geographic communities, occupational groups, ethnic heritage groups, etc. 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.

Projects may include performing arts (music, dance, and storytelling) and/or visual arts/crafts. Eligible projects must include the following:

  • Engagement of a traditional artist or ensemble (meeting the traditional art form description above) that resides in South Arts’ nine-state region
  • A residency of a minimum of two days
  • At least two live educational/outreach components
  • At least one public presentation of at least 60 minutes, open and marketed to the public and serving a wide audience

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166032

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant request is $1,000. The maximum request is $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place between August 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations within South Arts’ nine-state region are eligible to apply. This region includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

Organizations must have not-for-profit, tax-exempt status, or be an official unit of local, county, or state government. Governmental organizations must provide proof of government status. Educational institutions (schools, school systems, colleges, and universities) are also eligible. South Arts does not accept applications from fiscal agents for this grant program.

South Arts strongly encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-led and LGBTQIA+-led organizations, and organizations led by people with disabilities. South Arts will prioritize applications that feature BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ traditional artists and traditional artists with disabilities.

Organizations currently receiving funding through South Arts’ Presentation Grants or Literary Arts Touring Grants are not eligible for this grant program.

Organizations that have failed to submit final reports for any previous South Arts grant by the time of this application will not be considered for funding in this grant cycle.

South Arts does not fund historical reenactments, benefits, or fundraisers.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates & Deadlines:
- Application Opens: March 1, 2022
- Application Deadline: May 15, 2022. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM ET. Applicants are encouraged to submit grant applications early.
- Applicants will be notified within two weeks of the deadline.
- Projects must take place between August 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023.

Applicants are strongly advised to contact Teresa Hollingsworth (Director, Traditional Arts) to discuss your project before you submit your application.

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.

New for FY2023: All applicants must have a UEI (Unique Entity ID) number. Applications will not be accepted from organizations that do not have a UEI number. Visit for additional information. Review more about how to obtain a Unique Entity ID here:

This program requires a 1:2 match.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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If you have any questions, please contact:
Teresa Hollingsworth, Director, Film and Traditional Arts
404-874-7244 x14

South Arts, Inc
1800 Peachtree St NW, Suite 808
Atlanta, GA 30309

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Florida;   Georgia;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Mississippi;   North Carolina;   South Carolina;   Tennessee

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