The Small Grants Program was established to aid Tuscaloosa County non-profit organizations, educators and artists in their pursuit of projects contributing to the greater good of local students and citizens through the arts. Organizations can apply for 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. Since the advent of the program in 1986, local artists and organizations have received more than $140,000.
Teachers employed by K-12 schools within Tuscaloosa County are eligible to apply for funding for art related projects through the Arts in Education Grant. Grant applications are made through The Arts Council with funding distributed by the Community Foundation of West Alabama.
A committee comprised of members of The Arts Council’s Board of Directors is in charge of the selection process for both grant programs. The yearly deadline for submission of completed applications is October 1 with required forms and guidelines available at tuscarts.org/smallgrants.
The following grants were awarded for 2017-18:
The Arts Council’s Small Grants Program:
The Actor’s Charitable Theatre
The Kentuck Center
Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre
Tuscaloosa Community Dancers
Arts in Education Grant through the Community Foundation of West Alabama:
Bryant High School
Holy Spirit Catholic School
Northridge High School