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S.C. Arts Commission Arts in Education Grants

FY19 Teacher Standards Implementation (TSI)
Grant Guidelines

Last updated: 8/6/18


The purpose of the Teacher Standards Implementation (TSI) grant is to support arts teachers in the implementation of the 2017 College and Career Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency. This may include acquiring supplies, materials, professional development, or other tools/expertise needed in arts classrooms.


The S.C. Arts Commission recognizes that arts teachers have varied backgrounds and resources upon which to pull. TSI grants invite arts teachers to identify lacking resources and expertise in their classroom and use grant funds to acquire what is lacking.


TSI funds may be used to pay for the following:

  • Consumable and non-consumable resources
  • Professional development
  • Membership to state or national arts education associations
  • Conference, travel, and hotel fees for state or national conferences (travel and hotel must follow the SC state travel guidelines and rates)
  • Artists in residence (Please note: the artist in residence must spend peer-to-peer time with the arts teacher to ensure growth in the teacher’s skill level and ability to teach the skill in future years. Also, for this grant, all artists in residence must be on the Roster of Approved Artists.)

Eligibility & Restrictions

  • Applicants must be a public, private, or charter school in South Carolina.
  • Private schools must be registered as a charitable organization within the SC Secretary of State’s Office, in accordance with the SC Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act.
  • The arts teacher should be listed as the contact person (arts areas include: creative writing, dance, design, music, media arts, theatre, or visual art). If a school wishes to apply and does not have an arts teacher, contact Arts Education Director Ashley Brown at 803-734-8630 or cabrown@arts.sc.gov.
  • ABC Schools are not eligible to apply. (Schools within an ABC District are eligible).
  • In accordance with federal government policy, the S.C. Arts Commission requires all organizations to include a valid DUNS number as part of their grant applications. Applications will not be accepted from organizations that do not have a DUNS number. What's a DUNS number, and how do I get one?
    • If using a fiscal agent/receiver, separate DUNS numbers are required of both the applicant organization and the fiscal agent/receiver.
    • Individual schools may use their school district's DUNS number and do not need to register separately.
    • All other organization applicants, including private schools, must provide a DUNS number.
    • Individual artists are not required to obtain a DUNS number.

Multiple Projects or Schools

  • A school may not receive funding for the same purchase or project twice, so you are encouraged to be strategic in your ask.
  • More than one arts teacher from a school may apply but a school may receive no more than two TSI awards per fiscal year.
  • If a teacher teaches at multiple schools, they may not apply for a multi-school grant. Instead, the teacher should choose which school will apply for the grant. A teacher who teaches at multiple schools may apply for separate grants for each school.
    • For example, if you teach art at Main Street Elementary and Arts Drive Elementary, you may apply for a grant to fund printmaking at Main Street Elementary and a separate grant to fund printmaking at Arts Drive Elementary.


  • Schools that have not received TSI funding in the past.
  • Federally designated Title 1 Schools.
  • S.C. Arts Commission Opportunity Initiative Counties (Allendale, Bamberg, Calhoun, Clarendon, Dillon, Edgefield, Hampton, Jasper, Lee, Marion, McCormick, Newberry, Saluda, Union).

Deadlines and Grant Periods

  • Applications must be submitted online at least six (6) weeks before the project begins or the supply is purchased.
  • All projects must be implemented between August 14, 2018 and June 1, 2019.
  • All projects must be completed by June 1, 2019.

Funding & Match

  • Funding is available up to $750.
  • The cash match for a TSI grant is 1:2 (grantee:SCAC) meaning that for each dollar granted, the grantee must match with $0.50 of their own funds.
    • For example, if an applicant requests $750, they must match the grant with $375 of other funds, for a total project cost of $1,125.
  • If an applicant is a federally designated Title 1 School, no match is required.

Submitting Your Application

TSI grants are managed in our new online grants management system, from application, to approval and contracts, through payments and final reports.

How to Apply

To apply for a TSI grant, you will:


  1. Create an online grants management account for your school, if you have not already done so.

    Not sure if you have an account? Try logging on, using the "Forgot your password?" feature if needed.

    If you don't have an account:

    • In the first registration section, labeled Applicant Information, provide your school's information (name, address, phone, etc.), not your personal information.
    • In the next registration section, labeled User Information, provide your work contact information (school address, email, etc.), not your home or personal information.

    We strongly encourage you to view the Registration Tutorial(PDF) before attempting to create an account.

    Helpful Hint:

    Your email address becomes your username, so each user account must have a unique email address. If you need to use the same email address to manage grants for more than one organization, we suggest:

    1. Set up an email account for each of the organizations on whose behalf you'll be applying. This may be an account within the organization's own email system, or an account with one of the many free email providers (such as Gmail).
    2. If you'd rather not have to check multiple email accounts to get communications from us (email is our primary method of correspondence), set up the new account(s) to automatically forward incoming messages to your main email address.
    3. Create an online grants management account for each organization, using the email address(es) you've set up for that purpose.

  2. Once you are logged on, click the "Apply" link at the top of the screen, and choose the FY19 TSI application from the list of available grants.

    Helpful Hint:

    The primary contact person for this grant should be the arts teacher who will administer the grant activities. To ensure the arts teacher is listed as the contact person for your TSI application, that teacher should be the one to log on and start the TSI application.

  3. Complete the narrative, which includes questions about what you want to do and why; which standards your project will address, and how; when and where the project will take place; and how it will impact your students, immediately and in the future.

  4. Complete a budget spreadsheet showing what your expenses will be and where you will get the money to cover those expenses until your grant award is paid at the end of the project.

  5. Upload documents showing details about what you want to buy.
    • For example, if you’re purchasing supplies from an online store, you may upload a screenshot of your shopping cart.


Please note: The above information is provided only as general guidance to help you prepare to apply. Please do NOT attempt to submit this information in place of an online application.

About Our Online Grants Management System

Our online grants are managed using the Foundant platform. For frequently asked questions, registration instructions, and other helpful information, we highly recommend visiting the Foundant page on our website, before you begin working in the system.


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Review Process

The initial review of applications focuses on eligibility, accuracy and detail of budget, inclusion of a well-written narrative, compliance with grant requirements, and confirmation of required support materials. S.C. Arts Commission staff will review and rate grant applications on the basis of specific criteria and priority areas listed in the guidelines. Final funding decisions are approved by the Executive Director.

Review Indicators

Artistic and Educational Value


  • Plan of action present to address sustainability beyond the grant period
  • For artist residencies, includes peer-to-peer time with the arts teacher to ensure growth in the teacher’s ability to implement the method or process in the future

If You Receive a Grant Award

If your application is approved you will receive notification via email, followed by instructions on how to manage your grant through the online system. Your school (and district, if applicable) will enter into a contractual agreement with the S.C. Arts Commission, and you must comply with all requirements stated in that contract.


If your project cannot be carried out as proposed, contact your county coordinator. You might be able to complete a revised version of your project but you must receive approval from the S.C. Arts Commission first.

Grant Payment

TSI grant payments are reimbursement-based and will be disbursed upon receipt and approval of your final report. This means any expenses must be financed up front by the school, district, or cooperating entity (such as PTA). Payment will be made to the school district, with the school listed on the check as the benefiting organization.


Please note that the S.C. Arts Commission does not pay artists directly. The grantee must pay an artist in full upon the conclusion of any residency.

Final Report

All grantees are required to file a Final Report at the end of the grant period (your final report due date will be specified in your contract). Failure to submit an accurate and complete Final Report by the due date will result in cancellation of the award. The S.C. Arts Commission will not fund applicants who have outstanding Final Reports.


Please contact your county coordinator for questions regarding the TSI grant.



In addition to this page, you must read the following for complete guideline information:

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