Cross-Sector Impact Grants

South Arts, Inc.

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Next predicted deadline: Mar 22, 2022 3:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later predicted deadlines: May 3, 2022 3:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Grant amount: Up to US $15,000

Fields of work: Visual Arts Media Arts Public / Community Art Folk/ Traditional Art Performing Arts Writing & Literature Art for Social Change Youth Involvement in the Arts Food Access & Hunger Nutrition & Healthy Eating Community Development & Revitalization Human & Social Services Health & Medicine Real Estate & Housing Public Infrastructure Military & Veterans Services Correctional Systems & Prisons Ex-offender Services Aging/Gerontology Senior Services Civic Affairs Immigration & Refugee Rights Immigrant Services Sustainability Climate Change Resilience Literacy Youth Development & Leadership Environment Education Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach, Capital Project

Location of project: Alabama, Florida, Georgia (US state), Kentucky, Louisiana Show all

Location of residency: Alabama, Florida, Georgia (US state), Kentucky, Louisiana Show all

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About this funder:




South Arts recognizes that as our communities continue to change, the arts play an incomparable role in addressing many of our communal and individual challenges and strengths. Further, the value of partnership and working together across sectors brings new opportunities, increased effectiveness, and greater depth to our collective work. Through this program, South Arts seeks to provide significant support to projects developed by partners that harness the power of “Arts & …”.

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, LGBTQIA+ led organizations, and organizations representing persons with disabilities are represented as both applicants and grantees. We encourage applications for projects that engage a broad spectrum of diversity. Priority will be given to projects taking place in rural, small, or isolated communities.

Cross-Sector Impact Grants are open to all art forms, for partnership projects taking place in one of South Arts’ nine member states. For FY22, eligible projects will continue to feature “Arts & …”, for example, arts and the military, arts and equity, arts and aging, arts and community revitalization. Applicants may be organizations, units of government, higher educational institutions, or artists.

For projects new to this program that did not receive a Cross-Sector Impact Grant in either FY20 or FY21, matching grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded. For these projects, South Arts encourages applications from new projects. However, projects that deepen and expand existing partnerships may also apply. For projects that did receive funding through this program in FY20 and/or FY21, matching grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded in order to continue or advance the project. South Arts anticipates that this grant program will be highly competitive and that successful applications will be fully funded.

South Arts’ mission is advancing Southern vitality through the arts. This program addresses two of South Arts’ Strategic Goals as outlined in its 2019-2023 strategic plan.

Connect artist and arts professionals in the South to resources that will increase opportunities for success within and outside the region

Advance impactful arts-based programs that recognize and address trends and evolving needs of a wide range of communities in the South

Project Requirements

South Arts welcomes proposals from partnering entities working together on a project that addresses arts and community impact through cross-sector partnership. Projects must utilize the arts as a tool in creative approaches to address and advance an issue that is of importance in their community. Projects should also establish or advance relationships across at least two different sectors, one being in the arts. 

Arts disciplines may include, but are not limited to:

  • Performing arts, including dance, music, theater, musical theater and opera; 
  • Literary arts, including fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry;
  • Visual arts, including craft, drawing, experimental, painting, photography, sculpture, mixed media; 
  • Film or media;
  • Traditional and folk arts, including music, craft, storytelling, dance; or
  • Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary forms.

Community impact areas may include, but are not limited to:

  • Education, including literacy, youth development;
  • Environment, including sustainability, weather impact;
  • Health and human services, including aging, prisons and rehabilitation, military;
  • Infrastructure, including housing, community revitalization, food and nutrition; or
  • Social justice, including immigration, community activation, equity and accessibility.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Partnership Eligibility
    • For purposes of this program, partnering entities are defined as a total of two parties working together for purposes of the proposed project.
      • One entity must represent one or more artistic disciplines listed under Overview and may be an individual artist or organization.
      • One entity must represent an area of community impact listed under Overview and must be an organization.
      • These must be the only two official project Partners in the grant application, although additional individuals and/or organizations may be involved in the project’s implementation.
    • Examples of eligible partnerships include:
      • A non-profit arts organization or unit of government and a non-profit organization or unit of government from a non-arts sector
      • An individual artist or ensemble and a non-profit organization or unit of government from a non-arts sector
      • A non-profit arts organization or unit of government and an organization from a non-arts sector
      • A university arts department and an organization from a non-arts sector
  • Applicant Eligibility
    • All applicants must:  
      • Be located/reside in South Arts’ nine-state region of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Tennessee;  
      • Be in good status with South Arts having submitted all past final reports; and
      • Agree to acknowledge South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts in all programs and press materials related to funded projects.
    • A minimum of one of the two applicants must:
      • Be a non-profit, tax-exempt organization or official unit of local, county, or state government, including an institution of higher education; and  
      • Have a DUNS number.
      • Local or state governmental organizations must provide proof of government status. Non-profit status, if applicable, and DUNS numbers will be verified by an independent third-party entity.
    • Applicants may only be part of a maximum of one LOI. 


  • Ineligible partnerships include:
    • An artist and/or arts organization without a non-arts partner  
    • A university department partnering with another university department
    • Partnerships who received a grant in FY20 may apply for a FY21 Cross-Sector Impact Grant to continue or further their funded project, as outlined in these guidelines.
      • However, neither partner from a funded FY20 grant may apply for a new project in FY21, either in the existing partnerships or in a new partnership.
  • Ineligible applicants include:
    • Federal agencies or local departments of federal agencies  
    • Educational pre-school and K-12 schools or institutions
      • However, additional individuals and/or organizations may be involved in the project’s implementation, in addition to the two principal partners..
        • These may include local departments of federal agencies or education pre-school or K-12 schools/institutions as long as no funds are disbursed to additional partners.
  • Ineligible expenses include:
    • Fundraising activities  
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Lobbying
    • Costs not directly related to carrying out the funded project
    • Capital expenses or purchases
    • Construction, purchase or renovation of facilities
    • International travel
  • These projects are not intended for the creation of new work as a central element of the project.
    • However, work that is created as a secondary outcome or in which community participants are integrally involved in the creative process is allowable.  


This page was last reviewed April 28, 2021 and last updated March 02, 2021