Grants - How to Apply

Before Submitting an Application

Before you submit an application for funding to the Alabama State Council on the Arts, please read the Guidelines for more detailed information on program components, eligibility requirements and general evaluation criteria. We strongly encourage all applicants to contact our office to communicate with the appropriate program manager (Staff Directory) before you complete your online application.

Eligibility Requirements

An organization is eligible to apply for funding support of arts activities taking place in Alabama, if the organization is legally domiciled in Alabama and is either a nonprofit organization with a determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service or a public and/or private educational institution, a school board, or a local or county governmental agency. Colleges and Universities are only eligible for activities that clearly serve the needs of the general public and communities. An individual artist is eligible to apply for an artist fellowship if he/she is a legal resident of Alabama and has lived in the state two years prior to the application deadline date. Please refer to Guidelines for additional information.

How to Apply

The Alabama State Council on the Arts has an online application portal. All applications, with the exception of Folklife Apprenticeships requests, must be submitted electronically via this portal. Access to the system is available at Please refer to the step-by-step instructions for submitting grant applications in the Guidelines.

NOTE: A disclosure statement must accompany every grant application that is requesting over $5,000 and may be downloaded here.

General Evaluation Criteria

Grant applications will be evaluated according to the extent to which relevant criteria are addressed in the project. A brief description of how applicable criteria will be addressed in the proposed activities must be entered under the Project Narrative Tab within the application. Click here for a listing of the General Evaluation Criteria.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please refer to our FAQ for any additional questions you may have.