Upcoming Opportunities


We’re always thinking about how we can be of value to you, our creative community. To that end, we’re now posting a variety of time-sensitive business and career opportunities in this section.

We update the list regularly in the hopes that you can spend less time searching and more time competing and growing, so check back often. If you would like to suggest an opportunity to be added to this list, please contact us here.

Local Opportunities:

Application Deadline: March 1, 2018
The Cromwell Trust Scholarship, funded by The Cromwell Trust of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, is available to assist aspiring and deserving individuals of all ages in furthering their training, career advancement, and/or education in a creative field. Preference is given to applicants from the service area of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham and to those involved in performing arts. However, out of state awards have been given, and all art forms and creative efforts will be considered. For example, awards have been given to a poet, a visual artist, an art therapist, musical theatre performers, musicians, singers, dancers, and storytellers. Awards range from $500 to $5,000, depending on the quality of application, which is a key factor, and the artistic ambition presented by the applicant, such as education and trainings versus college expenses. Awards must be paid directly to an educational institution or a nonprofit based in the United States.
Notification: April 13, 2018

Application Deadline: Applications accepted until scholarship slots are filled
From April 5-8, 2108, the Alabama Folk School will host a Bluegrass & Gee’s Bend workshop at its facility at Camp McDowell. Funded in part by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, twenty workshop scholarships are available this year for first-time students. The scholarships are intended to provide opportunities for a more diverse audience to participate in the Alabama Folk School’s offerings — young people, people of color, and those with limited financial means are encouraged to apply. The workshop provides a unique opportunity to work with the extraordinary Gees Bend Quilters and with talented bluegrass musicians offering instruction on the banjo, bass, fiddle and mandolin.
Notification: Ongoing until April 5

Application Deadline: The last day of each month
The Birmingham Chapter of the Awesome Foundation awards one $1,000 grant each month to support projects in sciences, arts, education, civic engagement, media, and entertainment — just about anything as long as it contributes to making The Magic City more awesome. The types of projects that are generally not supported are those that are personal and limited in their community impact or existing efforts that would not see significant incremental benefit from a small grant. Grants may be awarded to groups, individuals, and small non-profit organizations; non-profit status is not a requirement and funds are generally not awarded to large organizations. A representative must attend the monthly Awesome Hour event to receive the check.
Notification: Monthly

Regional Opportunities:

Application Deadline: December 15, 2017
The South Arts Southern Prize and State Fellowships acknowledge, support and celebrate the highest quality artistic work being created in the American South. The program is open to individual artists living in the nine-state South Arts region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. This inaugural program is open only to visual artists and will expand to other disciplines in the future. The South Arts State Fellowship is a state-specific prize awarded to the artists whose work reflects the best of the visual arts in the South. A total of nine fellowships will be awarded. Each will be awarded a $5,000 South Arts State Fellowship, and will compete for one of the two South Arts Prizes. The nine State Fellowship recipients will compete for the South Arts Southern Prize. The $25,000 Southern Prize will be awarded to the artist whose work exhibits the highest artistic excellence, and one finalist will be awarded a $10,000 Prize, also based on artistic excellence. The Southern Prize winner will also receive a two-week residency at The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences.
Application Fee: $25 (waiver may be requested)

Application Deadline: Applications accepted online year-round, at least 60 days prior to activities.
As part of its continuing effort to build a better South through the arts, South Arts, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, offers a limited number of Presenter Assistance grants to nonprofit performing and literary arts presenters in its nine-state region. To strengthen program design and organizational capacity for presenters, South Arts offers funding of up to $700 to support Planning Grants for artist residencies and Travel Grants for professional development. These grants are intended for traveling to see work; participating in a significant professional development opportunity; and hosting an artistic director planning visit. Grants are very limited and awarded on a first-come/first-served basis, so early submission is encouraged. Funded activities must take place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.
Notification: Within four weeks of application submission

National Opportunities:

Americans for the Arts | VANS Custom Culture Grants for Public High Schools
Application Deadline: January 5, 2018
Americans for the Arts is pleased to partner with VANS on the 2018 Vans Custom Culture Grants, available to public high schools (including charter schools) serving students in grades 9-12 or community based nonprofit organizations/governmental agencies serving as a fiscal agent for arts programming at a qualifying school. The grant program is supported by funds from a separate program, Vans Custom Culture, a design contest where high schools compete to win $50,000 for their art program. The grants are intended to encourage the inclusion of the arts as an integral component of an excellent education, and to support activities that are consistent with local and national learning standards for arts education. Ten schools across the country will each receive a $2,000 grant to support their work in providing high-quality dance, media arts, music, theatre and/or visual arts instruction for students. Funds must be utilized between February and June 2018.
Notification: February 15, 2018

Deadline: Applications accepted online at any time
Fledgling has an open rolling application process for grants to support outreach and engagement for social issue documentary film projects that have the potential to inspire positive social change around issues that affect the most vulnerable. Grants typically range from $10,000 to $25,000, and the awards support audience engagement planning and implementation. Support for planning is for building the strategy for outreach and engagement and can be used before a project is complete to prepare for its launch. Grants are not available to support production or post-production. The Fund welcomes applicants and projects from both inside and outside the United States.
Notification: Typically within three months of application

Additional information on organizations that offer funding opportunities and other means of growing your creative endeavors can be found in our list of Resources.