Small Grants Guidelines

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Updated Deadline to apply for 2022-2023 is Friday, October 7, 2022

Questions about this program should be directed to:

Shannon McCue, Education Director
PARA Bldg., Arts Council 2nd Floor
205-758-5195, ext. 4

Applications can be emailed or delivered in person.

The Arts and Humanities Council of Tuscaloosa County announces its annual Small Grants Program, awarding projects by Tuscaloosa County artists and non-profit organizations. Since the advent of the program in 1986, local artists and organizations have received more than $140,000.  A one-to-one match of funds is required for those applying for grants. Former recipients have been Frank Brannon, Richard Nowell, Tricia Schuster, Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre, Buhl Elementary, Eastwood Middle, Hillcrest High, Moundville Archaeological Park, and Flatwoods Elementary. The grants are awarded to new and developing programs or organizations or to special projects of high artistic quality which cannot be self-supporting.

Organizations may apply for Small Grants Program awards for such projects as exhibits, festivals, residencies, consultants, attendance at seminars, institutes, workshops by artistic and/or administrative staff and productions. Professional artists may apply for small grants for pilot or short-term projects or opportunities such as seminars, workshops, conferences, or apprenticeships with master artists. 

The maximum grant available to organizations is $1000 and $750 to individuals.

Program Guidelines


Small grants primarily provide limited support to small or pilot arts activities, to new and developing programs or organizations, or to special projects of high artistic quality which cannot be self-supporting but meet one or more of the Council’s goals. Grants are for Tuscaloosa County organizations and artists only.

For organizations, short term project support may include but is not limited to: exhibits; festivals; residencies; consultants; attendance at seminars; institutes, workshops by artistic and or administrative staff and/or board members or arts organizations; productions; technical assistance; promotion/publicity/printing. In addition, arts and community organizations may apply for assistance to provide free tickets to economically disadvantaged citizens who could not otherwise attend a public arts event or series.

For professional artists, support for pilot or short-term projects or opportunities. May include but is not limited to such possibilities as special projects, travel, registration fees, educational experiences (seminars, workshops, conferences, apprenticeships with master artists) or other costs directly connected with the project.

Applications in support of the following are discouraged:

  1. Deficit financial and debt retirement
  2. Fraternal organizations, societies, or orders
  3. Political organizations or political campaigns
  4. Lobbying legislators or influencing elections
  5. Fundraising events
  6. Surveys
  7. Food or drinks


A 1:1 match is required of which no more than 25% of total costs may be met by in-kind contributions. Applications showing at least a 1:1 cash match will receive a higher priority for funding. No organization or individual will be awarded more than one Small G rant per year. Priority will be given to projects that have not been previously funded by the Council and to organizations or individuals that are not ASCA grant recipients. For organizations, matching grants will not exceed $1000. For professional artists, matching grants will not exceed $750. The minimum for either organizations or artists is $100.


An organization must meet basic eligibility requirements as an arts organization or as an organization that has arts programming as an integral part of its general activity and service. An individual must be a professional artist who resides in Tuscaloosa County and has exhibited prior artistic excellence in the community. An organization or artist does not have to be an affiliate or member of the local arts council to be eligible for funding.

Project Dates

The period required to plan, implement and complete the proposed project or activity must fall from October 1-May 15. If October 1 falls on a weekend, the date will shift to Monday or the following business day. Updated Deadline for 2022-23 is Friday, October 7.

Grant Payment

In general, half of the granted funds will be paid to the grantee in advance, if requested, and the balance paid after the project has been completed and the final evaluation report has been received and approved.

Final Reports

Within 30 days of the conclusion of the project, and/or before May 15, 2023. Grantees are required to submit a final evaluation report with financial and other documentation.

Application Procedure

Grants will be awarded once in the Fall. Those seeking a grant must submit a completed application form and requested support materials on or before October 1, 2022. Incomplete applications will be disqualified.  All applicants will be notified of the disposition of their requests by October 31.

Activity Narrative (Section C, Organizations)

  1. Address the specific project or need.
  2. Significance of the project to the community.
  3. Goals and objectives of the project.
  4. The extent to which educational benefits will be generated.
  5. The evidence of broad-based community support, planning, participation and collaboration.
  6. The potential for long-term impact within a school, school system, a community, and/or the state in general.
  7. The extent to which professional artists are utilized and benefit.
  8. Evidence of an appropriate venue for the activity.

How to complete the Grant Application forms:

Upon final editing and completion, print out the form. 

Bring the completed application to The Arts Council offices before Friday, October 7, 2022 at 4 p.m.  or email to You can also mail the form to:

The Arts Council
P.O. Box 1117
Tuscaloosa, AL, 35403

Recipients will be announced by October 31, 2022.