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Instructions for Using PDF Files

Using the Forms on the Arts Commission's Website

Using PDF forms requires the Adobe Acrobat Reader (8 or higher). If you don't have a copy of Acrobat reader, go to Adobe's web site and download the latest version. It's free and safe, and installation is simple.

When you click on the link to the application form, it will open either in your browser or in Acrobat Reader (we recommend the latter; check the Troubleshooting section of this page to learn more). You can then click on save icon (looks like a diskette) on the Acrobat Reader toolbar to save the Application form on your computer. You may then open the form, print it and fill it out by hand if you choose.


Note: As of September 1, 2015, the Chrome browser's built-in PDF viewer no longer supports Adobe PDF documents. We suggest either using a different browser, or disabling the Chrome PDF viewer using these instructions >>



Completing the form on your computer

  1. Fill out the form, using the mouse or tab key to move between fields
  2. Choose File and Print, or click on the Printer icon on the Acrobat Reader toolbar
  3. In the Print dialog box, make sure that the Print as image, Shrink oversized pages to paper size and expand small pages to paper size options are checked, choose the printer you want to print to, then click OK; the form will print out on your printer

Instructions for Completing the Application Forms

  • Move in the document by clicking the mouse in an open blank (for vertical and horizontal movement) or by using the enter, or tab keys.
  • Limit your response to each item to the space provided.


We suggest that you experiment with the forms in advance of the application deadline. Because this is a form, it does not have all of the features of word-processing (e.g., you cannot format your text with bold or italics, and you cannot use the spelling check feature).  Editing lengthy amounts of text can be cumbersome in this format. You may find it easier to compose and edit any large blocks of text first in a separate document, and then to use the copy and paste function on your computer to place the text into the form. NOTE: The application forms are protected documents. The fonts and fields are locked so that they cannot be changed.

Submitting the Application Form

The completed application form must be mailed to the South Carolina Arts Commission on printed pages as part of the application package.


Application forms may be completed on your computer, printed out, and mailed. To use the PDF forms, you first need to download and install the FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader, available at http://get.adobe.com/reader/.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What does PDF mean?

It stands for Portable Document Format. PDFs work on both Windows and Macs. PDFs are you used to deliver all kinds of forms on the web, include those IRS tax forms.

Can I save information on these forms?

Yes, the latest versions of the free Acrobat Reader will allow you to save the information you enter into the form.


If you are using an older version, you will not be able to save; we recommend updating to the latest Reader (free at http://get.adobe.com/reader/).


If you continue to use an older version and cannot save, you will need to print a copy for the S.C. Arts Commission and a copy for yourself. Tip: If you can't complete the entire form at one time, you can do a page at a time and print each page as you finish.




Each web browser (Chrome, Internet Explorer, Safari, etc.) has a built-in PDF reader/viewer, which automatically opens any online PDF in the browser, instead of opening it with the free Acrobat Reader. There are numerous difficulties with these browser PDF viewers, and they change often.


We recommend always using Acrobat Reader to open PDF files. You can set your browser to do this automatically; visit the Adobe website's page on this topic to learn how. Many of the troubleshooting issues listed here can be resolved by opening the PDF in Reader instead of in your browser.


When I follow the link to the PDF file, all I get is a blank page.

PDF files are large and take longer to load than a standard web page. Give it a little extra time. If you've waited and still have a blank screen, you may have a problem with your Acrobat Reader. Download and install the latest version (free at http://get.adobe.com/reader/). If you're still having problems, you may want to get rid of your current version, then download and install the new version. 

When I download the forms I get boxes or an error message.

Sounds like you are using an earlier version of Acrobat Reader. Download and install the latest version (free at http://get.adobe.com/reader/). If you're still having problems, you may want to get rid of your earlier version, then download and install the new version.

I downloaded Acrobat Reader and I still can't open the form.

Did you install it? After you download Acrobat Reader, you need to follow the instructions on Adobe's site for installing it on your computer.

Verify that you have a current version of Adobe Acrobat Reader:

  • To determine the version of Adobe Acrobat, open Adobe from your desktop or start menu, click on help, and then About Acrobat Reader.
  • If you have a version of Acrobat Reader less then 8.0, we recommend you update your reader to the latest version.
  • Download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader free from the Adobe website.

When I print the form it comes out blank.

In the print dialog box, make sure that the "Print as image" option is checked.


Something doesn't work.

There may be a compatibility issue between Adobe Reader and your browser. If so, try opening the form in Adobe Reader, instead of within your browser. There are several ways to do this:

  1. When you try to open the PDF form on our website, notice if you are given the option to view or open it with Adobe Reader; if so, choose that option.
  2. If you are not given that option, try saving the PDF to your computer. Then, open Adobe Reader on your computer, and try opening the saved copy of the form.
  3. You can change your browser default settings, so that any time you open a PDF, it will automatically open in Adobe Reader, instead of in your browser. The steps for changing that default setting vary by browser; visit the Adobe website for browser-specific instructions.
  4. If you are using Firefox, you may also need to go to your Tools menu, choose Options, then choose Applications. Look for "Adobe Acrobat" items in the Content Type column. In the Action column, for each item, choose "Use Adobe Acrobat."

Nothing works.

If you continue to have problems, we'll be glad to try emailing the PDF to you. We can also send you the form by fax or postal mail. (You'll need to find a typewriter as you won't be able to complete the application on your computer.) Please contact your coordinator for further assistance.


Save PDF To Your PC

You may save the form to your local computer. This can normally be accomplished as follows:

  • Right click on the title link or go to your browser's File menu.
  • Select "Save Target As" (Internet Explorer), "Save Link As" (Netscape), or "Save Page As" (Firefox) when presented with a menu. (If your mouse is configured for left handed operation use the left mouse button).
  • Use Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the file directly after downloading.

South Carolina Arts Commission Accessibility Statement


The South Carolina Arts Commission is committed to providing information to all constituents. If you are having difficulty accessing material on this site due to a disability, please contact us at 803-734-8696 or info@arts.sc.gov.


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