South Arts Fund: Grants for Creative Writing

OVERVIEW: The South Arts Fund provides to organizations that present touring literary artists from out of state, with an eye toward enriching the economic, social, cultural, and educational vitality of the South. The fund’s mission is connecting the arts to key state and national policies and advancing excellence in the arts.

IP TAKE: The South Arts Fund's creative writing grants are given only in the southeast and are given only for "literary arts touring" events. If you are an individual writer wanting to access the funds, work with a presenting organization.

PROFILE: The South Arts Fund provides matching grant programs for literary arts presenting organizations in southern states that include Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The maximum grant amount for these Literary Arts Touring grants is 50% of the writers’ fee, or up to a total of $2,500. 

This grant program offers organizations the opportunity to receive financial support in order to engage with fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry writers 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 single or multiple writers involved in an event (for example, writers series, festivals, or single engagements)."

All organizations applying for support must have nonprofit, tax-exempt status, or be an official adjunct of local, county, or state governments. Projects must also include one of the following:

  • Engagement with underserved audiences (K-12 students, seniors, or individuals with disabilities).
  • Engagement of an artist or company that resides in South Arts' region, excluding the applicant's state.
  • A residency of three days or more.

Deadlines are generally in late spring and the project usually needs to take place in the summer months. New applicants are encourage to contact the Fund prior to applying. A full list of grant guidelines and the application process can be found here.

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