South Arts offers a limited number of Professional Development and Artistic Planning grants to nonprofit performing, visual, media, film, multidisciplinary and literary arts presenting organizations in our nine-state region with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Funding up to $1,000 is available to support the professional development needs of Southern presenters, programmers and curators, to strengthen program design and increase organizational capacity.

For the purposes of these guidelines, “presenters” are defined as organizations that present or host guest artists for engagements in their communities.

These grants are very limited and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so early submission is encouraged. A dollar-for-dollar cash match is a requirement.

This grant program provides assistance for a wide-range of professional development opportunities supporting resources needed to succeed in the work of presenting. In the past, these grants have been used for:

  • Traveling to see the work of artists being considered for future presentations, or to expand the presenters’ knowledge of an artform
  • Participating in a significant professional development opportunity
  • Hosting an artist planning visit

South Arts strongly believes professional development for presenters/programmers/curators is integral to success, including traveling to see new works and attending convenings.

Applications for this Professional Development and Artistic Planning grant program will only be accepted for new opportunities that organizations, under normal circumstances, are unable to attend.

Consideration will be given to organizations who have experienced an ongoing hardship and have been unable to pursue professional development.

This funding can support staff’s travel expenses to conferences, festivals, exhibitions, workshops and other professional development opportunities, or artists’ travel expenses for planning meetings with presenting organizations. These grants support travel expenses (for example, lodging and air/ground transportation), admission/registration fees, and other related expenses.

Details and an online application are available at