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S.C. Arts Commission Arts in Education Grants

Arts Education Projects (AEP) Grants

What is an AEP grant?

AEP grants fund projects and programs that use the arts to meet the educational, developmental and social needs of K-12 students in S.C., whether in-school or otherwise.

Who can get one?

Most S.C. schools, nonprofit organizations (arts and non-arts), colleges and universities, and units of government are eligible.  Partnerships are especially encouraged.

How much could I get?

Half of your project expenses, up to $15,000.

When is the deadline to apply?

January 16 for funding beginning July 1

How do I apply?

  1. Read the grant guidelines carefully.
  2. Contact your coordinator if you have questions or want to discuss your project idea.
  3. Complete and submit your online application. (Be sure to give yourself plenty of time.)

What happens next?

A panel of arts professionals will review the applications and recommend funding to our Board of Commissioners. Once the Board approves the awards (usually in May or June), we’ll post the results on our website.

If I get an AEP grant, what will I need to do?

  1. Sign a contract and complete other documents you'll receive in the fall.
  2. Meet the required deadlines and keep good records.
  3. Credit your funders, and communicate with your state legislators.
  4. Participate in assessments if we ask.
  5. Let us know if anything changes.
  6. Complete your project and report on how it went.

If I have questions, who can help?

The S.C. Arts Commission coordinator for your discipline, county, or program. Visit our Staff Directory to learn exactly who to contact, and how.