Cross-Sector Impact Grants

Posted Feb 23, 2021

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Expires Mar 22, 2021


Informational Webinar

Join us for a webinar on March 8, 2021 at 3 p.m. ET. We will discuss the goals of this program, explore the guidelines and application process, and go over frequently asked questions. REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR


These grants of up to $15,000 support “arts and…” projects developed by partners—one arts organization or artist, and one non-arts organization—harnessing the power of collaboration. VIEW FULL GUIDELINES


As our communities continue to change, the arts play an incomparable role in addressing many of our communal and individual challenges and strengths. The value of partnership—and working together across sectors—brings new opportunity, increased effectiveness, and greater depth to our collective work. We aim to facilitate partnerships between the art community and other sectors through this grant program. 

Important Dates & Deadlines

  • Informational Webinar: Monday, March 8, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. ET
  • Letter of Interest deadline: Monday, March 22, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. ET
  • Full Applications (by invitation only, following Letters of Interest): Monday, May 3 2021 at 6:00 p.m. ET
  • Projects must take place between June 15, 2021 and December 31, 2022. 

NOTE: Unlike other South Arts grant programs, Cross-Sector Impact Grants utilize a two-step application process for new applicants. South Arts will accept an online Letter of Interest from any eligible and interested partnership of an artist or arts organization and a non-arts partner. Following a staff review, those projects that most closely align with the evaluation criteria and program goals will be invited to submit a full application.  

Eligibility Requirements

The following is a top-level list of the main eligibility requirements necessary to be considered for a Cross-Sector Impact Grant. Please refer to the full list of eligibility requirements in the program’s Guidelines.

  • Both partners must be located/reside in South Arts’ nine-state region of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Tennessee
  • A minimum of one of the two applicants must be a non-profit, tax-exempt organization or official unit of local, county or state government, including an institution of higher education
  • Provide a 1:2 match

Educational pre-school and K-12 schools or institutions are not eligible for this program.

A full list of eligibility criteria and other project requirements is provided in the guidelines below.


South Arts recognizes that as our communities continue to change, the arts play an incomparable role in addressing many of our communal and individual challenges and strengths. Further, the value of partnership and working together across sectors brings new opportunities, increased effectiveness, and greater depth to our collective work. Through this program, South Arts seeks to provide significant support to projects developed by partners that harness the power of “Arts & …”.

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, LGBTQIA+ led organizations, and organizations representing persons with disabilities are represented as both applicants and grantees. We encourage applications for projects that engage a broad spectrum of diversity. Priority will be given to projects taking place in rural, small, or isolated communities.

Cross-Sector Impact Grants are open to all art forms, for partnership projects taking place in one of South Arts’ nine member states. For FY22, eligible projects will continue to feature “Arts & …”, for example, arts and the military, arts and equity, arts and aging, arts and community revitalization. Applicants may be organizations, units of government, higher educational institutions, or artists.

For projects new to this program that did not receive a Cross-Sector Impact Grant in either FY20 or FY21, matching grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded. For these projects, South Arts encourages applications from new projects. However, projects that deepen and expand existing partnerships may also apply. For projects that did receive funding through this program in FY20 and/or FY21, matching grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded in order to continue or advance the project. South Arts anticipates that this grant program will be highly competitive and that successful applications will be fully funded.

South Arts’ mission is advancing Southern vitality through the arts. This program addresses two of South Arts’ Strategic Goals as outlined in its 2019-2023 strategic plan.

  • Connect artist and arts professionals in the South to resources that will increase opportunities for success within and outside the region
  • Advance impactful arts-based programs that recognize and address trends and evolving needs of a wide range of communities in the South

While preparing your Cross-Sector Impact Grant Letter of Interest and application, please refer to the following guidelines.

Full program guidelines and application criteria here


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