Arts Grants

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About the Community Arts Grants Program

COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the cancellation of our annual spring fundraiser, we are currently not accepting applications for our 2020 Community Arts Grants Program. We are actively working to recoup the funding lost, and hope to be able to open this program for submissions later this summer. Stay connected through a MAC Membership to get active updates on this program, or donate online to help us rebuild it!

Mobile Arts Council's origins are rooted in arts granting. MAC was founded by the Junior League of Mobile in 1955 as an informational center and a regranting organization to support the local arts and cultural community. Since that time, MAC has expanded to serve the arts community in several ways that support our mission of art for all.

In 2019, MAC launched the Taco Takedown, a taco cook-off fundraiser, to rebuild the arts grant program. Due to the overwhelming success of this event, we are pleased to be able to offer four $1,000 grants for 2019 to both Mobile-area individuals and organizations. We hope to continue to grow this program and offer more grant opportunities to the arts community in the coming years.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the grant categories, and how many will be awarded?
Arts organizations and/or individuals are eligible in any arts medium: crafts, dance, design, fine art, media/photography, music, literature, or theater. Projects must align with one or more of the Community Arts Grants objectives.

What is the grant application deadline?
Please check back to see when 2020 application submissions will open.

When is the grant notification date?
A panel of arts professionals will review the applications.  Notification date will be determined based on when submissions open.

What should be included in my budget?
Your budget should include an estimate on how you plan to spend your funding. This can include materials, transportation, administrative fees, artist fees, rental costs, and more. If you have a cash or in-kind match for your project, please include this in your budget. A match is not required to apply.

What is to be expected from my Resume/CV or Organizational Background document?
A Resume/CV is required for individual applicants and an Organizational Background and Board Document are required for organization applicants. These documents should be a maximum of two pages. Organization documents should include a list of your board of directors, a listing of recent activities, and a brief history of your organization. Individual resumes/CVs should include recent work history and recent activities (exhibitions, performances, or community projects) related to your art. These will help us determine your recent activities, involvement with the community, and your level of professionalism.

What should I include in my project narrative?
Your project narrative should include a timeline, your list of proposed activities, and your goals in accomplishing your project. All projects must be completed within one year of the award funding to be eligible. Your narrative should align within one or more of the Community Arts Grants objectives listed in the Guidelines.

How should I label my attachments?
All attachments should be labeled with your last name or organization name, followed by an underscore and the title. If you do not have a title, use a descriptive word. Example: Jordan Davis’ painting, titled Butterfly 2 would be labeled “Davis_Butterfly2.” The Mobile Arts Council’s image of a recent mural project would be titled “MobileArtsCouncil_Mural.”

What is the evaluation report, and when is it due?
If awarded, you will be required to submit an evaluation report. This will be due when all the funds have been expended or 12 months after granted to update us on the status of your project. This report will help us understand not just how you spent the funds, but its impact on your community. Payout of any future awards will not be considered until this report has been received.

What else is expected from grant recipients?
Recipients of all grants will be publicly acknowledged on our social media accounts, as well as in Mobile’s main media sources (newspapers, local news channels, etc.). Recipients may be expected to be photographed upon acceptance of their award to help promote their projects, as well as highlight MAC’s contribution. Recipients are expected to acknowledge MAC upon completing their proposed projects. Recipients of an individual grant will be asked to exhibit or perform their work with MAC following the award period (sometime in the Fall or Summer of 2021). This will be determined upon the availability in MAC’s schedule and the individual artist’s schedule and will be after the grant period officially ends. This could be as part of an exhibition in our gallery space, or a special performance or event hosted or sponsored by MAC.