VIA South Arts: Professional Development and Artistic Planning Grants are available for organizations to support the professional development needs of Southern presenters, programmers, or curators, strengthen program design, and increase organizational capacity. South Arts strongly believes professional development for presenters/programmers/curators is integral to success, including traveling to see new works and attending convenings. This grant program is open to film, visual arts, performing arts, literary arts and multidisciplinary presenting organizations.
This funding can support staff’s travel expenses to conferences, festivals, exhibitions, workshops, and other professional development opportunities, or artists’ travel expenses for onsite planning meetings with presenting organizations. These grants support travel expenses (for example, lodging and air/ground transportation), admission/registration fees, and other related expenses.
New applicants are encouraged to contact Nikki Estes at 404-874-7244 ext. 16 to discuss eligibility prior to submitting an application.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Applications must be submitted at least 60 days prior to the project start date.
Applicants will be notified by email within four weeks of submission.
Eligible projects must occur between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.
The following is a top-level list of the main eligibility requirements necessary to be considered for a Professional Development and Artistic Planning Grant. Please refer to the full list of eligibility requirements in the program’s Guidelines.
- Be a tax-exempt nonprofit or an official unit of local, county, or state government based within South Arts’ nine-state service area
- Be for new opportunities and relate to the applicant’s work as a presenter (for the purposes of this program, we define presenters as organizations that present or host artists for engagements in their communities)
- Provide a dollar-for-dollar cash match
A full list of eligibility criteria and other project requirements is provided in the guidelines linked below.