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for Career Advancement Opportunities

Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grants

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South Arts

Deadline Date:

05/13/22 11:59 PM Eastern Time


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Grants of up to $2,000 to USA individual artists in multiple states for career advancement opportunities. Funding is intended to help artists participate in professional opportunities that are likely to substantially advance their careers. This program is open to residents of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Tennessee.

South Arts recognizes that an invitation to participate in a major, milestone opportunity is not always enough. Even with stipends or payments, overall expenses can make such an opportunity inaccessible. In order to ensure that artists from our region can take full advantage of major opportunities, South Arts offers Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grants.

The Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grant supports a milestone opportunity in an individual artist’s career that is likely to lead to substantial and significant career advancement.

Examples of opportunities that match the intent of this program include, but are not limited to:

  • Accepting an invitation to exhibit, sell, screen, present, read or perform work in a significant in-person forum such as a renowned/major festival, invitational exhibit, invitational/juried showcase, etc.
  • Participating in a residency to research/create a body of work and build network connections
  • Travel associated with a significant career-building activity

Other types of eligible opportunities not listed here exist. It is incumbent upon the applicant to make a strong and compelling case for the importance of the opportunity and the likely impact it will have on their career.

Funds can be used for these eligible expenses directly related to participation in proposed activities

  • Travel (air, ground, lodging, per diem)
  • Equipment rental
  • Materials
  • Services/professional fees (preparators, photo/videographers, visa services, master artist stipends, etc.)
  • Facility/space rental or fees
  • Freight/shipping
  • Documenting funded activities or work resulting from the activities
  • Insurance
  • Childcare or eldercare costs that arise as a result of the proposed activity
  • Other (applicant must provide specifics)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190065

Number of Grants:

South Arts expects to award between 10 and 15 grants during this cycle.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum grant request for this program is $500. The maximum grant request is $2,000.

Term of Contract:

Grants are available to support opportunities taking place between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be considered for this grant, the applicant must:
- Be an individual artist working in one of the following artistic disciplines: visual arts, craft, traditional arts/folklife, photography, performing arts, literary arts, film, media arts, interdisciplinary arts or multimedia arts
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Not be a full-time student
- Be a United States citizen, lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence, or have permission from the Department of Homeland Security to work permanently in the U.S.
- Be a resident of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Tennessee
- Expect to maintain residency in the region during the award period. Applicants may be asked to submit a copy of their official state I.D./driver’s license as proof of residency later in the process, in order to confirm eligibility.
- Submit a complete and accurate application

South Arts is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA). Artists with disabilities, artists who are black, indigenous or people of color (BIPOC) and those who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA+), are particularly encouraged to apply.

Examples of opportunities that do NOT match the intent of this program:
- Opportunities that support and advance the career of groups of artists such as musical bands or theatre companies. This program is limited to individual artists only.
- Cataloging, publication, documentation, promotion or archiving of a body of work
- Undertaking advanced study or an apprenticeship with an influential artist
- Activities that support participation in a college or university degree program
- General non-invitation showcasing at booking conferences
- General professional development activities

Pre-Application Information:

The grant application for this program opens April 4 with grant submissions due at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on May 13.

Important Dates & Deadlines
- Applications Open: April 4, 2022
- Applications Due: May 13, 2022
- Award Notifications: Early June 2022
- Grant period: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grants will pay up to 2/3 of the total cost of the opportunity, with a minimum award of $500 and a maximum award of $2,000. The individual artist must cover remaining expenses. South Arts requires a 2:1 match meaning that (as an example) if the total opportunity cost is $3,000, the applicant may request $2,000 and provide the remaining $1,000 from other sources.

Applicants may submit only one Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grant application per fiscal year (July 1 – June 30.) An individual receiving this award cannot re-apply for a period of four years.


Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Director for Individual Artist Career Opportunity Grants, Ethan Messere to discuss the opportunity before submitting an application at; or 404-874-7244 x 809.

South Arts, Inc.
1800 Peachtree Street Northwest,
Suite 808
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
Telephone - 404-874-7244
Fax - 404-873-2148

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Geographic Focus:

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

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