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Grants to Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee Nonprofits, Schools,
and Agencies in Eligible Counties for Traditional and Folk Arts Projects

In These Mountains: Project Grants

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05/16/22 5:00 PM ET


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and agencies in eligible counties for projects in the field of traditional and folk arts. Funding is intended to support new and existing projects, such as broadcasts, festivals, exhibits, publications, research, and educational activities based on the folk arts and traditional culture of Central Appalachia. Eligible organizations must be located within and serve at least one of the Appalachian Regional Commission counties.

The In These Mountains: Central Appalachian Folk Arts & Culture FY23 Project Grants advance the goals of the In These Mountains (ITM) initiative by supporting projects that promote sharing, teaching, learning, preserving, documenting, and supporting the continuity of the folk arts and traditional culture of Central Appalachia.

For the purposes of this application, the folk and traditional arts of Central Appalachia include music, handcrafts/material culture, and foodways. Some examples of traditional arts practiced in Central Appalachia are Cherokee stamped pottery, African American buck dancing/clogging, Anglo American ballads, seed saving/seed sharing, and many more. 

Proposed projects should be new initiatives, or new versions/iterations of existing/reoccurring programs. Examples include initiating a new research project; supporting an annual festival; adding a new event to an ongoing performance series; etc.

South Arts acknowledges the current realities of cultural arts programming due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For this grant cycle, South Arts will accept applications for projects taking place virtually or in-person. South Arts encourages applicants to consider safe, socially distanced projects.

South Arts is committed to funding traditional arts projects in rural communities (with populations under 50,000).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 202544

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are awarded in the amount of $10,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects must take place between July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This funding program is open to a wide variety of organizations, including community cultural organizations, schools/colleges/universities, libraries, museums, performing arts presenters, community festival organizations, faith-based organizations, etc. Organizations must be located within and serve at least one Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) county in Kentucky, North Carolina, or Tennessee.

- Nonprofit organizations and educational organizations located in Appalachian Regional Commission counties in Kentucky, North Carolina, and Tennessee are eligible.
- Organizations must have not-for-profit, tax-exempt status, or be an official unit of local, county, or state government. Educational institutions (schools, school systems, colleges, and universities) are eligible. South Arts does not accept applications from fiscal agents for this grant program.
- All applicants must have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN).
- Organizations that have failed to submit final reports for any previous South Arts grants by the time of this application will not be considered for funding in this grant cycle.
- Organizations that fail to properly acknowledge South Arts’ support in programs and press materials will not be considered for additional funding.
- Organizations are eligible for only one In These Mountains FY23 Project Grant through the South Arts’ 2023 fiscal year of July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023.

South Arts is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.  South Arts strongly encourages applications from Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)-led and LGBTQIA+-led organizations, and organizations led by people with disabilities. South Arts will prioritize applications that feature BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ traditional artists and traditional artists with disabilities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Join South Arts on April 7, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. ET to learn more about this program as well as how to build an application.

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Pre-Application Information:

- Application Opens: March 15, 2022
- Informational Webinar: April 7, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. ET
- Application Deadline: May 16, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. ET
- Awardees Announced: June 6, 2022
- Projects must take place between: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023
- Interim Reports Due: January 15, 2023
- Final Reports Due: June 30, 2023

South Arts encourages applicants to begin grant applications early, allowing for plenty of time to organize and upload required materials.

Awards will be delivered in two installments: 50% ($5,000) upfront by August 31, 2022; 50% ($5,000) upon receipt of final report.

Applicants are strongly advised to contact South Arts traditional arts staff to discuss your project before you submit your application.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

The team may be reached by phone at 404.874.7244 x102 or by email:
- Teresa Hollingsworth (Director, Traditional Arts):
- Ellie Dassler (Assistant Director, Traditional Arts):

South Arts, Inc.
1800 Peachtree Street Northwest, Suite 808
Atlanta, Georgia 30309

Grant Coverage Areas:

Eligible organizations must be located within and serve at least one of the following Appalachian Regional Commission counties:

Kentucky: Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Edmonson, Elliott, Estill, Fleming, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Greenup, Harlan, Hart, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lewis, Lincoln, McCreary, Madison, Magoffin, Martin, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Nicholas, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Powell, Pulaski, Robertson, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Wayne, Whitley, and Wolfe.

North Carolina: Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Davie, Forsyth, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Stokes, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin, and Yancey.

Tennessee: Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Cannon, Carter, Claiborne, Clay, Cocke, Coffee, Cumberland, De Kalb, Fentress, Franklin, Grainger, Greene, Grundy, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lawrence, Lewis, Loudon, McMinn, Macon, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Overton, Pickett, Polk, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sequatchie, Sevier, Smith, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, Van Buren, Warren, Washington, and White.

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