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Arts in Education Grants

Arts in Education (AIE) Program Overview


The South Carolina Arts Commission is committed to facilitating comprehensive arts education programs that support the academic, social, emotional, and creative growth of South Carolina's students. Funding offered under the Arts Education Program supports the aims set forth by the 2010 S.C. Academic Visual and Performing Arts Standards and the Partnership for 21st Century Learning Skills. These standards identify arts education as a vital part of the education reform taking place in South Carolina and throughout the United States.


The S. C. Arts Commission’s Arts in Education programs are designed to meet the needs of arts programs at various stages of development. In addition to grant programs, the Arts Commission also strives to advance comprehensive arts education at the legislative level and provides professional development for educators. The South Carolina Arts Commission is a founding partner in the Arts in Basic Curriculum Project, a partnership between the agency, the S.C. Department of Education, and Winthrop University that provides leadership to ensure a quality, sequential, standards-based arts education for all South Carolina students.

Funding for this program is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Program Goals

  • Provide arts programming that meets the educational, social, and creative needs of students in their communities.
  • Further the development of the arts as basic to education.
  • Provide opportunities for the professional development of educators related to the arts.
  • Encourage appreciation of and participation in the arts as an integral part of everyday life.
  • Promote understanding of diverse cultural heritage as a means of cross-cultural communication.

Funding Categories

This guide describes the grant categories of the Arts Commission's AIE program. These categories are intended to move applicants toward more comprehensive, integrated arts education programs that support and extend efforts to improve general education. Refer to program guidelines for specific details of each program.


Teacher Standards Implementation

The purpose of Teacher Standards Implementation (TSI) grants is to help arts teachers acquire the supplies, materials, and expertise necessary for meeting the 2010 S.C. Visual, Performing, and Media Arts Standards. TSI funds may be used to pay for consumable and non-consumable resources and teacher professional development, including artist residencies. Funding for each TSI grant will be no more than $750 with a 1:2 match.


Arts Education Projects

Arts Education Project Grants (AEP) fund projects and programs that use the arts to meet the educational, developmental and social needs of K-12 students. Activities should expand student access to arts education opportunities and should complement, augment, or advance standards-based arts instruction or arts integration activities delivered to students during the course of the school day curriculum. Funding is up to $15,000 with a 1:1 match, and 50% of the applicant's match must be cash.


Arts in Basic Curriculum

Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Advancement grants may support ongoing comprehensive planning, strategic projects and implementation of standards-based arts education initiatives, including artist residencies and residency-plus activities. The grant application covers two years. Grantees receive funding for the first year and after filing and receiving approval of a Final Report for the first year, are assured similar funding for the second year, as long as SCAC’s funding remains stable. The match is 2:1 (applicant:SCAC) and 50% of the applicant's match must be cash.

Funding Ranges:

  • Up to $15,000 per year per single school
  • Up to $25,000 per year for a school district




Refer to program guidelines.



AIE grants are available for schools and school districts, who may work with appropriate partners, such as artists and arts organizations.


Projects that have already been completed cannot be funded.


See the individual Program Guidelines section for specific eligibility and restriction information for each grant category.



Artist Residencies

The in-school artist residency is a primary component of funded Arts in Education grants. A residency is a quality interaction between an identified group of students, teachers, and a resident artist. The artist is scheduled for 22 hours of service for one residency week for a minimum fee set by the SCAC. One week serves from 3-5 lab classes, and the remaining hours can be used for "Plus" activities such as joint residency planning by teachers and artists, presentations to other classes, to the entire school, or to a community group; a teacher workshop, etc. The 22 hours are organized in a way that is amenable to both the artist and the sponsor. Classroom teachers must be present during residency classes and should participate in residency activities.


Performances by artists may be separate activities funded through an AIE grant, or they may take place in conjunction with school residencies. Refer to individual Program Guidelines for details.

Arts in Education Roster of Approved Artists

The SCAC Arts in Education Roster of Approved Artists is a listing of artists in all genres who, based on the quality of their artistic work, have been approved through an independent panel process. They are approved for both residencies and performances. Some schools and other applicants in South Carolina which are funded through the S.C. Arts Commission’s Arts in Education Program grant categories must employ artists from the Roster of Approved Artists; refer to individual program guidelines for details.


Artist Fees

The minimum fee for artist residencies in schools is set as follows by SCAC for 22 hours of service per week:

  • $750 per week per artist/group

Artists may negotiate for higher fees.