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Quarterly Project Support for Artists Grant Guidelines


NEW THIS YEAR: The quarterly application process is now an online submission through the New Online Grants Management System.


This category is designed to support specific arts activities that promote an individual artist's professional development or career advancement. Projects that promote excellence in an arts discipline and make such excellence accessible for general community-wide audiences are also encouraged. Quarterly Project Grants are awarded to help pay actual project costs; ordinary living expenses during the project cannot be supported with S.C. Arts Commission funds.


The Arts Commission will not review or fund Quarterly Project Grant applications from a resident of a county that has a subgranting arts council. In such counties, applicants must apply to the subgranting agency for Quarterly Project Grants, rather than to the Arts Commission. (Contact your local arts council or your S.C. Arts Commission Discipline Coordinator to determine the appropriate funding source.)

Eligibility Requirements

The applicant must:

  1. Be a practicing artist in dance, literature, media, music, theatre or visual arts;
  2. Be a legal resident of the US and SC with a permanent residence in the state for one year prior to the application date and throughout the grant period;
  3. Be 18 years of age or older at the time of application;
  4. Not be a degree-seeking, full-time student during the grant period.


  1. Applicants may apply to the Arts Commission for quarterly support at any of the four deadlines.
  2. Applicants may submit only one application per quarterly deadline.
  3. Applicants may receive only two Quarterly Project awards per fiscal year.
  4. Priority may be given to applicants and projects that have not received funding in the past.

Deadlines & Grant Periods


Application Opens

Grant Period
(Projects Occurring)



February 15

After July 1 and ending before June 1

May 15th


May 15th

After October 1 and ending before June 1

August 15th


August 15th

After January 1 and ending before June 1

November 15th


November 15th

After April 1 and ending before June 1

February 15th


If you are considering project activity in June, please contact your discipline coordinator.


Applicants may apply at any deadline for a proposed project, but may not apply for a project that has already occurred before the grant period.


Applications must be submitted via the Online Grants Management System by each quarter’s deadline. Applications may be submitted online until midnight (EST) on the deadline date. However, please be aware that staff members will not be available to assist you with questions or technical difficulties after the Arts Commission closes at 5:00 p.m. on the deadline day. Late applications cannot be accepted. Online submissions will be blocked after the deadline.


Up to $1,000.


1:2 (applicant:SCAC). 100% of the applicant's match must be cash. No in-kind or creative time is allowed as part of applicant's match.


How to Apply

Before applying, you are strongly advised to contact your discipline coordinator to determine whether your project meets the guidelines.

Using the Online Grants Management System

We strongly advise you to review the FAQ and Tutorial page before your first visit to the site. We also recommend you keep the FAQ/Tips page open in a separate browser window, and/or print a hard copy, for reference as you work.

ALL applicants will need to register for your first artist application.  For subsequent applications, only non-returning applicants will need to register.


  1. New Applicants
    Create an online grants management account for your organization.

    In the registration section, labeled Applicant Information, provide your legal name, mailing address, phone, etc.

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

    Helpful Hint:
    Your email address becomes your username.

  2. New Applicants & Returning Individual Artist Grantees
    Once you are logged on, look for the "FY19 Quarterly Support for Individual Artists Projects” in the list of available applications. Click the "Apply" button to the far right.
    Helpful Hint:
    As the applicant for this grant you will:

    • manage this grant's activities, and
    • receive and respond to communications from the Arts Commission about this grant.
  3. Submitting Your Application
    After all sections of your application have been completed, you will submit the application electronically. The application will not submit unless all required questions are answered. When you submit your application, you will receive confirmation acknowledging that your online application was received.
    What you DON'T need to submit:
    • Do not upload an application narrative or cover letter.
    • Do not submit a printed copy of your application. It is recommended, however, that you print and keep a hard copy of the application for your records.


Please be aware that panelists may review your website.

What are the application components?

Narrative - Artistry

  1. What is the goal of this project? Describe
    • what you plan to do,
    • when the project will occur,
    • where the project will take place, and
    • how the activities will happen.
  2. Provide information on key personnel and collaborating organizations and use of other artists (if applicable). Indicate how and why these people and organizations were selected.
  3. If partners are involved, who are they and what is their role in the project? (Please note: Artists or teaching artists hired for the project are not considered partners.)

Narrative - Career/Public Impact

    1. Why is this project important to your career and/or your community?
    2. If you have received S.C. Arts Commission funding for the same or a similar project in the past, please address how previous funding impacted your career. Provide specific examples.
    3. If the project has a public component, identify
      • target audiences,
      • populations to be served, and
      • number of projected participants.
    4. Identify external support from the local cultural community, if any.

Narrative - Project Management

    1. If applicable, describe marketing/distribution, media, and other promotional activities.
    2. How will you reach and involve underserved populations?
    3. Clearly identify other sources of financial support to be provided throughout the project.

Project Timeline

Provide a list of key project milestones and target dates for reaching them.



You must provide a Budget Spreadsheet, Résumé(s) or Bio(s), and Support Materials. Download the forms that have been included in the application. Substitute forms will not be accepted.

  • Budget

    Helpful Hints for Completing the Budget Spreadsheet:

    1. What is “Applicant Cash?”
      Applicant Cash is money taken from your own account to balance your budget.
    2. Be sure to include "This SCAC Grant Request" on the budget form.
    3. The budget must show enough Income to cover Expenses.
  • Résumés

    Upload brief résumés or bios for principal artistic and administrative project personnel. Individual résumés should not exceed three (3) pages; additional pages will not be reviewed by the panel.

  • Required Support Materials

    • Please submit support materials/work samples that best represent the type of work you will do related to this grant submission.
    • All work samples should be current (less than five years old).
    • We accept the following types of items:






    Max. #






    Max. Time Each Sample
    Panelists will review up to 20 minutes of all work samples combined

    3 minutes

    3 minutes




    File Types

    mov mp4 mpeg rm

    Aiff M4pa Ogg

    bmp png
    or PDF with images


    Use the text field to enter the URL (website or social media link)


    Links to websites where support materials can be viewed are also permitted, including social media sites or YouTube videos. Provide the URLs and other descriptive information.

    See Submitting Support Materials for additional details. If you are uncertain what to submit, please contact your discipline coordinator.


Apply Now

Helpful Hint:

You can preview the application before you create an account in the online system. Follow this link, use the "Quick Search" box at the top to find the Quarter for which you wish to apply, then click the "Preview" button.


Review Process

Please contact your discipline coordinator for guidance on completing your application.


The initial staff review of applications focuses on eligibility, accuracy and detail of budget, inclusion of a well-written narrative, completeness of packet, compliance with grant requirements, and confirmation of required support materials. Individual panelists (Arts Commission program staff and management) review and rate grant applications on the basis of specific criteria listed in the guidelines. Funding recommendations based on individual review, funding histories, and information requested from S.C. Arts Commission regional and discipline coordinators are determined by panel consensus. Final funding decisions are approved by the Executive Director.

Review Indicators

Pay close attention to Review Indicators for each section, as the reviewers will use them in assessing your application.

  • Artistry Review Criteria - 60 points
    The applicant demonstrates the ability to maintain high professional standards and that the project will exhibit excellence, creativity and individuality.


    • Résumés or bios of applicant and other artistic personnel involved
    • Appropriate support materials that demonstrate experience and quality were submitted

  • Career/Public Impact Review Criteria - 20 points
    The project benefits the artist and/or the community at large or SC artists.


    • Demonstrated need for the project
    • Cooperative relationships and support from other artists and community organizations and/or businesses

  • Project Management Review Criteria - 20 points
    The applicant has the ability to implement the project.


    • Evidence that adequate financial resources are available to complete the project
    • Evidence that the project design is feasible and well-planned
    • Well-planned marketing/distribution efforts


If you receive a grant award

If your application is approved, you will receive notification and your contract will be available in the online system. You must sign and upload all required contracts by the date listed on the contract. You must also complete a Final Report, as listed in your online account, by the date stated. You will be expected to contact your S.C. Arts Commission coordinator if for any reason your project will undergo significant revisions.

Funding Credit

Visit the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina's websiteThis grant program is funded in part by a generous award from the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC. In addition to giving credit to the S.C. Arts Commission (see page 4 of the New Logo Style Guide PDF) and the National Endowment for the Arts, credit must also be given to this source in all advertising, news releases, printed materials, and promotion and publicity. Samples of promotional material should be submitted with your final report. Details about the Coastal Community Foundation of SC are available on their website at CoastalCommunityFoundation.org.

Grant Payments

Payment will be on a reimbursement basis only and will be released upon receipt and approval of a Final Report.

Final Report

ALL GRANTEES are required to file a Final Report at the end of the grant period. The Final Report Due Date is printed on your contract. Failure to submit an accurate and complete Final Report by the due date will result in cancellation of the award and repayment of funds received. The S.C. Arts Commission will not fund applicants who have outstanding Final Reports. Go to the Final Report requirements >>



Please contact your discipline coordinator.


Last updated: 10/22/18


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