Grant Guidelines

Grant Guidelines and Applications

The Southern Order of Storytellers (“SOS”) is a 501(c)(3) regional non-profit community arts organization of storytellers and story listeners founded in 1983 in Atlanta, Georgia. SOS’s mission is to preserve, promote, and perpetuate the art of oral storytelling in the southeastern states.

We share stories; teach the art of storytelling; produce storytelling events; and provide information, resources, and support to our membership, other storytelling organizations, and the extended community. SOS fulfills its mission by providing advocacy for storytellers and storytelling organizations and supporting storytelling programming, education, promotion, and community outreach.

SOS provides grants to support projects and non-profit organizations that promote elements of SOS’s mission. Examples of projects that are eligible for SOS grants include, but are not limited to: performances, festivals, workshops/classes, residencies, camps, and storytelling programs for students.

SOS has set the following guidelines for applicants:

  • Grant applications will be reviewed for individuals or organizations seeking funding for storytelling related programming that furthers SOS’s mission.
  • Preference is given to SOS members and affiliates, SOS Cluster organizations, and other 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, and educational institutions.
  • SOS does not consider requests to fund staff salaries, general operating costs, debt reduction, specific promotion of religious or political doctrine, capital improvements, or endowments.
  • As a general rule, Grantees are required to match SOS grant funds on a 25/75 basis, e.g., with the Grantee contributing 25% and SOS 75%. This requirement may be adjusted to meet specific circumstances. Matching resources may include in-kind good and services and volunteer time, as well as cash investments.
  • Grant recipients are required to acknowledge SOS’s support on promotional materials for the project including printed programs and brochures, press releases, social media announcements, posters, etc.
  • Grant recipients are required to submit a follow-up report no less than 30 days after project completion. The report should detail how the project fulfilled its goals and include supporting materials such as programs, photographs, participant evaluations, and attendance figures.

SOS will consider two types of Grant applications:

  • Project Grants in the amounts of $100 – $500 and
  • Organization Grants in the amounts of $501 – $2,500

Your Application package must include the completed Project or Organization Grant Application and all supporting materials listed in the “Required Documents” form that follows the Application form.

NOTICE: By accepting grant funds from SOS, the applicant gives SOS a license and permission to use information and materials submitted in connection with the application and any ensuing grant as SOS deems reasonable and appropriate in assisting SOS to fulfill its mission.

If you have any questions or encounter difficulties in submitting all required documents, contact SOS.

Timeline for Application Process

Deadlines for applications are February 1 and August 1 for both grant types.

Applicants will receive notification of SOS’s decision on the application within thirty days from the applicable submission deadline.

Grant funds will be dispersed upon receipt of the signed Memorandum of Understanding.

Projects must take place within one (1) year of Application Deadline (for example: for an application submitted on February 1, 2022 the project must be completed on or before January 31, 2023).

Funds are to be used only for the intended project as defined in the application.

Any unused funds must be returned to SOS no less than 30 days after the completion of the event/project.

Applicants/Organizations may submit no more than two applications in any one calendar year. SOS will take into consideration past awards to, and reports from, each organization in evaluating successive applications.

You may download either a WORD or a pdf document that you can print and fill out, then email to SOS.

Remember: Whichever method you choose, you will need to send SOS a number of separate documents, as listed in the Application.

Below are buttons where you can download an application in either a Word document format or PDF format. You can download one of these applications, fill it out and email it back to us at