Artistic Assistance Professional Development

ROOTS Week 2017. Photo by Melisa Cardona


Two Artistic Assistance funding cycles are offered each yearProfessional Development in the spring and Project Development in the fall.


March 31, 2022:                Application Launch + Conversation of Intent & Proposal Coaching
——————————–    Requests Begin

April  12, 2022:                  Proposal Support Call #1 (1:00 pm ET): The Proposal Narrative
——————————   – Register in advance for this call.

April  14, 2022:                  Proposal Support Call #2 (3:00 pm ET): The Budget Spreadsheet

April 15, 2022:                   Deadline to Request Proposal Coaching or Conversation of Intent

April 29, 2022:                   Application Deadline (5:00 pm ET)

July  2021:                          Award Notifications


The application period is now open! Please submit your application – including proposal narrative and budget attachments – through this form by Friday, April 29, 2022 at 5 pm ET.

Artistic Assistance Professional Development Proposal Narrative: Download the Word Doc

This Proposal Narrative document contains information about Alternative Format (video or audio) application submissions. Attach work samples to the application, and submit them as one complete file. Note: The file size must not exceed 25 MB.

Artistic Assistance Budget Template: Download the Excel Form 

This Budget Template may be used for Artistic Assistance applications. You may also  submit your own budget document.

To check your eligibility to apply for this round of Artistic Assistance, please click HERE.


ROOTS Week 2019. Photo by Melisa Cardona.


Because we believe that proposal writing should not be a barrier to artists accessing funding, we offer several different supports:

Technical Assistance Calls 

Technical Assistance Calls offer the opportunity to meet with staff and ask questions about the application and selection process.

Technical Assistance Call #1:             Tuesday, April 12 at 1:00 pm ET
The Proposal Narrative                          Register in Advance for this call.

Technical Assistance Call #2:             Thursday, April 14 at 3:00 pm ET
The Budget Form  

Conversations of Intent

First-time applicants MUST schedule a Conversation of Intent. This is an opportunity to speak with a ROOTS staff member, one on one, about your proposed project. To schedule one, please submit a request using this form by Friday, April 15 at 5 pm ET.

Proposal Coaching

ROOTS provides free proposal coaching for all applicants who request it. Proposal Coaches are hired consultants who are experts in the field and can help you gain insight into connecting your proposal to the program goals and objectives. Proposal Coaches cannot advise if your project will be selected.

To set up a proposal coaching session, please submit a request using this form by Friday, April 15 at 5 pm ET.


In addition to the application support listed above, we encourage you to utilize outside grant writing resources, including:

If you have any questions, please email or call 404-577-1079 x308.

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.