Project grants provide support for a wide range of activities including author readings,
literary festivals, contests, conferences or other presentations of literary works
in public venues and non-profit literary publications. Education and outreach projects
are priorities. Grant awards in this area rarely exceed $10,000.
Administrative support may be requested if a case is made in the application that
directly connects administrative support to organizational growth and to enhancing
the quality of programs. Salaries for full and part time staff may be included as
a prominent part of the request. Grant awards in this area rarely exceed $7,500.
A single application that consolidates several related projects by the requesting
organization may be submitted for new or existing activities. A series of readings
may be considered as a consolidated project. If a consolidated project application
is submitted, only one additional application may be submitted in the same fiscal
year. Grant awards in this area rarely exceed $15,000.
Criteria for Funding
Grant applications will be evaluated according to how well the relevant criteria
are addressed in the project. These include evidence of: artistic excellence, educational
benefits, broad-based community support, long-term impact, benefit to professional
writers, preservation of Alabama’s literary and cultural heritage, cultural diversity,
accessibility to audiences, appropriate venue and involvement of qualified personnel.
Who may apply?
An organization is eligible to apply for funding support of Literary Arts activities
taking place in Alabama, if the organization has a non-profit 501 (c) 3 designation
from the IRS, or the organization is a public or private educational institution,
a school board, a local or county governmental agency, or a college or university.
Colleges and universities are eligible only for activities that clearly serve the
needs of the general public and communities.
Project grants must be matched dollar-for-dollar in cash, or a combination of cash
and in-kind support. In order to count as matching funds, cash or in-kind contributions
must be used to accomplish the programming objectives outlined in the application
during the specified grant period. In-kind contributions may include donated services,
space, or materials essential to the completion of the arts project. It is highly
recommended that applicants seek advice and support from the Literary Arts Program
Manager, Anne Kimzey, when applying for Literary Arts Projects.
The Alabama State Council on the Arts does not fund:
- Projects not available to the general public
- Activities and performances planned solely for fund raising purposes
- Food, beverages, or other refreshments
- Expenses incurred prior to October 1 or after September 30 of the current grant
- Investments of any kind
- Projects that have sectarian or religious purposes. However, such institutions may
apply on behalf of the community for arts activities or programming where artistic
expression is a primary focus
- Indirect costs
Colleges and universities are eligible only for activities
that clearly serve the needs of the general public. Indirect costs involving the
administration of the institution cannot be included. Activities producing academic
credit (except internships) or those oriented primarily to students or the academic
communities are not eligible.