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These grants offer up to $1,000 to support the professional development needs of Southern presenters, programmers, or curators.VIEW FULL GUIDELINES


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. In addition, these grants support expenses for virtual professional development opportunities and staff training (for example, diversity, equity and inclusion training or technology training for virtual engagements).

New applicants are encouraged to contact Nikki Estes at 404-874-7244 ext. 16 to discuss eligibility prior to submitting an application.

Important Dates & Deadlines

  • 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.

Eligibility Requirements

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 below.

COVID-19 Update

Due to COVID-19, travel for professional development might not be possible. Applications will be accepted for virtual professional development opportunities as well as staff training.

The experience was invaluable. Meeting face-to-face with [our] contemporaries in North Carolina and witnessing the performances in action will help us ensure that the Miami performances successfully resonate with our ownAdrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts


While preparing your Professional Development and Artistic Planning Grant application, please refer to the following guidelines. ELIGIBILITY

  • Only nonprofit and governmental performing, visual, media/film, multidisciplinary and literary arts presenting organizations in South Arts’ nine-state region are eligible to apply. South Arts’ nine-state region includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. For the purposes of these guidelines, presenters are defined as organizations that present or host artists for engagements in their communities. 
  • Presenting organizations must have not-for-profit, tax-exempt status or be an official unit of local, county or state government. For nonprofit presenters, tax-exempt status will be verified by a third party Governmental presenters must provide proof of government status. South Arts does not accept applications from fiscal agents for this grant program.
  • All applicants must have a DUNS number. Applications will not be accepted from organizations that do not have a DUNS number. Visit the Dun & Bradstreet website for additional information about DUNS numbers as well as instruction on how to receive one.
  • Applications are only accepted for new opportunities that organizations, under normal circumstances, are unable to attend. Proposed projects must support or relate to the applicant’s work as a presenter.
  • Applicants are limited to one Professional Development and Artistic Planning application per South Arts fiscal year.
  • Applicants who have failed to submit final reports for any previous South Arts grant by the application deadline for this program will not be considered for funding in this grant cycle.
  • Applicants who fail to properly acknowledge South Arts’ and the National Endowments for the Arts’ support in programs and press materials may not be considered for additional funding.


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