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SC Arts Commission Grants Programs
What is an AVI grant?
AVI grants encourage and enable the creation of new artist-driven, arts-based business ventures that will provide career satisfaction and sustainability for S.C. artists. Grants can be used to launch a new venture or significantly alter an existing venture.
Who can get one?
Professional-caliber South Carolina working artists (individuals and collaboratives)
How much could I get?
Up to $3,500 for a one-time project/single purchase
Up to $5,000 for an ongoing business venture
When is the deadline to apply?
January 4 for the initial Letter of Intent. If you are invited to submit a full grant application, that will be due by March 21.
How do I apply?
Part One (Letter of Intent):
- Read the grant guidelines carefully.
- Contact AVI program director Joy Young (803-734-8203) if you have questions or want to discuss your proposal idea.
- Prepare your Letter of Intent and the related materials, including work samples.
- Mail or hand-deliver your Letter of Intent to us in Columbia no later than January 4.
Part Two (Full Grant Application):
- If you're invited to submit a full grant application, re-read the grant guidelines carefully.
- Contact AVI program director Joy Young (803-734-8203) if you have questions or want to discuss your application.
- Prepare your application materials. (Be sure to give yourself plenty of time.)
- Mail or hand-deliver your completed and signed application packet to us in Columbia no later than March 21.
What happens next?
- S.C. Arts Commission program staff and management will review the Letters of Intent, and select those who will be invited to develop their proposed venture into a full grant application
- The full grant applications will be reviewed by a panel of business professionals.
- S.C. Arts Commission staff and management will recommend funding, based on those reivews, to our Board of Commissioners.
- Once the Board approves the awards, we’ll post the results on our website.
If I get an AVI grant, what will I need to do?
- Sign a contract and complete other paperwork we’ll mail to you in the fall.
- Attend at least two professional development meetings during the grant period.
- Submit quarterly progress reports.
- Meet the required deadlines and keep good records.
- Credit your funders, and communicate with your state legislators.
- Participate in assessments if we ask.
- Let us know if anything changes.
- Report on how it went.
If I have questions, who can help?
The S.C. Arts Commission AVI program director, Joy Young (803-734-8203).