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The application portal is now open for submissions for the Alabama Arts Recovery Program and the Council on the Arts' annual grants program.
Online Grants Portal


Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. 

Alabama Arts Recovery Program: Sunday, July 18

Project Grants + Folk Arts Apprenticeships: Thursday, September 1

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Relief funding for arts organizations 

Deadline: Sunday, July 18 @ 5:00 p.m.

Recent American Rescue Plan stimulus funding supports this grant program ($814,100 in funding from the National Endowment for the Arts was designated for Alabama’s arts industry recovery effort). Alabama Arts Recovery Program grants will help eligible small, medium, and large arts organizations sustain operations.
  • To assist with operating costs in five categories: personnel, facility costs, health safety supplies, marketing/promotion, and technology & equipment 
  • Grants of $10,000, $15,000, $20,000, and $25,000 available
  • These grants have no requirement for matching funds

Review eligibility requirements, application details, and more at

Learn More
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Deadline: Wednesday, September 1 @ 5:00 p.m.

The application portal is now open for submissions for arts in education grants and project grants for organizations.

Grant funds are for projects occurring between January 1 and September 30, 2022. Organizations that have not applied for grants using our new system will be required to create a new account.

As always, Council staff is happy to discuss your project goals and eligibility to determine which opportunity is right for you. Leading up to the application deadline, we will present a series of webinars and workshops. Details to come!

Find eligibility criteria, contact information, and instructions for applying at 

Ready to apply? Visit

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Folk Art Apprenticeships

We are also accepting folk arts apprenticeship applications. This program is designed to preserve and pass on Alabama's traditional arts. For more information, contact Anne Kimzey at

Applications for folk arts apprenticeships are available for download here
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Grants to Organizations
Application Deadline: August 12, 2021 

The National Endowment for the Arts is offering federal grants to organizations, directly available from the NEA's allocation of American Rescue Plan funds. This program is open to nonprofit arts and culture organizations, regardless of whether they have received NEA funding in the past. This is a change from previous emergency funding requirements at the NEA and significantly expands access to federal funds for the arts and culture sector. Click here for information on upcoming workshops and other resources for those new to federal funding.

Applying to the Arts Endowment for the first time? Before applying for NEA funding, you will need to obtain a DUNS number and register at and Registration in and can take several weeks, so you should begin the process as soon as possible. Here are resources that can assist you in the registration process.

Guidelines, application materials, and applicant resources are at

This direct NEA funding is separate from the Council on the Arts' recovery grants program. Eligible organizations can apply for both grant opportunities. 
The Council on the Arts is the official state agency for the support and development of the arts in Alabama. The Council works to expand and preserve the state's cultural resources by supporting nonprofit arts organizations, schools, colleges, units of local government, and individual artists. Arts programs, assisted by Council grants, have a track record of enhancing community development, education, cultural tourism, and overall quality of life in all regions of the state.

The agency receives an annual appropriation from the Alabama Legislature and additional funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities.
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