Project Grants

Deadlines - June 1 and September 1

Grant support is available to non-profit organizations for a wide range of projects. Examples of appropriate projects include:

  • Documentation and presentation of Alabama folklife through media such as film, photography, recordings, radio and publications.
  • Festivals that present folklife and involve community-based traditional artists.
  • Field surveys that identify and document Alabama folk traditions and practitioners.
  • The presentation of local folk artists in performance or exhibition.
  • Educational materials such as curriculum guides and other resources that will further the understanding of Alabama folklife in a classroom setting.
  • An organization assisting a folk artist with a project to further his or her tradition.

Folklorists and other scholars of Alabama folklife are excellent resources for organizations when planning and implementing projects. It is strongly encouraged that applicants seek this professional expertise.

Administrative Support

Administrative support for folklife organizations may be requested if it is connected to enhancing organizational growth and quality. Salaries for full and part-time staff may be included as a prominent part of the request. Project grants must be matched dollar-for-dollar in cash or a combination of cash and in-kind support. There is no request limit, however: grant awards rarely exceed $7,500.

Consolidated Projects

A single application that consolidates several related projects may be submitted. The amount requested and the number of project components will affect the limit of applications each organization is permitted to submit per deadline and per year. If a consolidated project application is submitted, only one additional application may be submitted in the same fiscal year. There is no request limit; however, grant awards rarely exceed $15,000.