Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 12/18/2023

Presentation Grants

Presentation Grants are an opportunity for organizations in South Arts' nine-state region to receive fee support to present Southern guest film directors, visual and performing artists, or writers from outside of the presenter's state. Artist fee support is awarded for:

  • film (documentary, fiction, experimental, and animation),
  • performing arts (theater, music, opera, musical theater, and dance),
  • literary arts (fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry),
  • traditional arts, and
  • visual arts (crafts, drawing, experimental, painting, photography, sculpture, and mixed media).

Projects must include both a public presentation (film screening, performance, reading, or exhibition) and an educational/community engagement component. These grants are limited and very competitive. Based on the artist fee, the maximum request is $9,500 for modern dance and contemporary ballet or $7,500 for other artistic disciplines. The grant requires a dollar-for-dollar cash match (for example, an applicant that requests $7,500 must provide a $7,500 cash match for a project with a $15,000 artist fee).

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 organizations, LGBTQIA+ led organizations, and organizations representing persons with disabilities are represented as both applicants and grantees. In addition, we encourage applications for projects that engage BIPOC artists, LGBTQIA+ artists, and artists with disabilities.

Applicants are limited to one Presentation Grant application per South Arts fiscal year.

Interested applicants from within Duke should contact fundopps@duke.edu as early as possible.

Deadline: March 1, 2024.

Eligibility Requirements

The following is a top-level list of the main eligibility requirements necessary to be considered for a Presentation Grant. Please refer to the full list of eligibility requirements in the Guidelines section below.

  • Be a tax-exempt nonprofit or an official unit of local, county, or state government based within South Arts' nine-state service area (AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, or TN)
  • Engage an artist or ensemble who resides within South Arts' nine-state service area (AL, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, or TN)
  • Have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)
  • Provide a dollar-for-dollar cash match
Amount Description
  • Grant awards require a dollar-for-dollar cash match. Applicants can receive up to 50% of the artist fee as listed in the artist contract or letter of agreement, up to $9,500 for modern dance and contemporary ballet or up to $7,500 for other artistic disciplines (subject to funding availability). For example, a project with an artist fee of $15,000 means the applicant can request $7,500 and must provide a cash match of $7,500. This grant does not support indirect and additional project costs.
  • The minimum grant request is $1,000. The minimum artist fee for this grant program is $2,000.
  • The maximum grant request is $9,500 for modern dance and contemporary ballet or $7,500 for film, performing arts, literary arts, traditional arts, and visual arts.
Funding Type