Literary Arts Touring Grant Program

Funding Agency:
South Arts

The Literary Arts Touring grant program offers presenting organizations the opportunity to receive financial support to engage Southern writers (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry) who reside outside of the presenter’s state. Support is awarded to literary projects that contain both a public reading and an educational component such as a writing workshop. The project can include a single engagement by a writer or multiple writers involved in an event (for example, writers series or festivals). The maximum request is 50% of the writers’ fees, up to a total grant of $2,500. Each writer is required to fully-participate in the reading and educational/outreach component.

Projects must take place between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

Presenters are limited to one Literary Arts Touring grant application per South Arts fiscal year.

Deadlines: 

  • Duke Internal Deadline: Interested applicants should contact Paul Noe (paul.noe@duke.edu) as early as possible.
  • Sponsor Deadline: May 1, 2020

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

  • Only nonprofit and governmental 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.
  • 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 entity. 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. More about DUNS numbers and how to get one >>
  • All applicants must have a readiness plan. Applications will not be accepted from organizations that do not provide the required description of the readiness plan. Learn more about how this impacts your application review >>
  • Eligible projects must take place in South Arts’ nine-state region. Unless there are special circumstances, projects should take place in the presenter’s state (please contact South Arts to discuss these conditions).
  • Eligible projects must include the engagement of an artist or company that resides in South Arts’ region, excluding the applicant’s state. Please note the following exemption for touring within state boundaries: In-state touring is allowed for Southern artists residing at least 400 miles away from the applicant’s location.  Need help finding a Southern artist? View artists who have been supported by South Arts in the past or look through our State Arts Agency partners’ rosters. Learn more about additional support for Indigenous artists.
  • Presenters cannot receive funding for writers who reside in the presenter’s state (i.e., a Georgia nonprofit organization cannot apply for funding to present a Georgia writer). Eligible projects must include guest writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry; playwrights are not eligible for this grant program.
  • Presenters are limited to one Literary Arts Touring grant application per South Arts fiscal year.
  • Presenters 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.
  • Presenters who fail to properly acknowledge South Arts’ AND the National Endowment for the Arts’ support in programs and press materials may not be considered for additional funding.

Amount

$2,500

Amount Description

  • Literary Arts Touring grant awards require a dollar-for-dollar cash match.
  • Applicants are eligible to receive up to 50% of the writer’s fee as listed in the contract, up to $2,500 (subject to funding availability). Indirect and additional project costs are not supported by this grant.
  • The minimum grant request is $500.
  • Applicants can request fee support for multiple writers (subject to the noted limits). Each writer is required to fully-participate in the reading and educational/outreach component.

Funding Type

Grant

Eligibility

Faculty

Category

Arts & Humanities
Community Outreach and Engagement

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages - Please indicate how the requirement for matching funds is being met.
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN)  https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=ApVvmgXCk2Uj7AzWyDE...

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: https://ors.duke.edu/sites/default/files/atoms/files/Applicant%20Instruc...

External Deadline

May 1, 2020