Organizations or individuals who are applying to the Council for the first time
are encouraged to submit a draft version of their application to be reviewed by
a program manager. Draft applications should be submitted for review no later than
three to four weeks prior to the deadline date.
Grant applications received by the Council are reviewed by a panel of Alabama residents
and sometimes out of state experts. Artists, arts administrators, arts educators,
arts volunteers and community representatives make up the panels that evaluate applications
based on the review criteria. Panelists do not make actual funding decisions. They
provide recommendations and feedback to the Council on the quality of each application.
A Public Hearing session is held for each deadline. Approximately two weeks before
the hearing, letters are mailed to applicants inviting them to the Public Hearing.
There are a limited number of slots available so applicants are scheduled on a first
response/first come basis. Each applicant is allocated five (5) minutes to speak
to the Grants Review Committee of the Council concerning their project request.
After reviewing the grant applications, panelist recommendations and recommendations
from the Grants Review Committee, the entire board of the Council determine the
final grant awards. The amount of the grant awards depend upon the availability
of grants funds. Seldom are project requests fully funded. On an average, requests
are funded at around 65% of the requested amount.
The Council notifies applicants of its funding decision first by letter. Within
two weeks after receipt of the award letter, two copies of the contracts are mailed.
Signed contracts must be returned within 30 days after receipt. Failure to sign
and return the contracts within 30 days may result in cancellation of the grant.
Grantees must submit a final evaluation and financial report through the eGrant
system no later than 30 days after the completion of the project. Failure to submit
final reports by the deadline jeopardizes final grant payment and future funding.
The Alabama State Council on the Arts is a state agency which receives funding from
the Alabama Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
Therefore, it is important that your audience and elected officials know public
funding helps bring them the project, exhibit or performance that they are enjoying
so much. When you accept Alabama State Council on the Arts grant funds, you agree
to acknowledge the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment
for the Arts in all advertising, news releases, printed programs and any other promotional
or publicity materials.
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