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S.C. Arts Commission Grants
Please note: These application guidelines and materials have been revised for FY2018 Quarterly Project Grants. If you are applying at the May 15, 2017 deadline or later, please be sure to review these guidelines carefully.
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. (Call your local arts council or your S.C. Arts Commission Discipline Coordinator to determine the appropriate funding source.)
The applicant must:
- Be a practicing artist in dance, literature, media, music, theatre or visual arts;
- 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;
- Be 18 years of age or older at the time of application;
- Not be a degree-seeking, full-time student during the grant period.
- Applicants may apply to the Arts Commission for quarterly support at any of the four deadlines.
- Applicants may submit only one application per quarterly deadline.
- Applicants may receive only two Quarterly Project awards per fiscal year.
- Priority may be given to applicants and projects that have not received funding in the past.
Deadlines & Grant Periods
- May 15 for projects beginning after July 1 and ending before June 1
- August 15 for projects beginning after October 1 and ending before June 1
- November 15 for projects beginning after January 1 and ending before June 1
- February 15 for projects beginning after April 1 and ending before June 1
If you are considering project activity in June, please contact your coordinator.
Applicants may apply at any deadline for a proposed project, but cannot apply for a project that has already begun.
Applications must be electronically submitted (if applicable), postmarked or hand-delivered to the S.C. Arts Commission offices before 5:00 PM, no later than the stated date. Note: If a deadline falls on a weekend or state holiday, submissions will be accepted through the following business day. Read more about deadlines >>
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.
Please review the following steps carefully in preparing your application materials. Failure to include the required application materials may result in disqualification of your application. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
- All items should be submitted on single-sided pages.
- Do not submit copies, fax, or email your signed application form.
- You may submit copies of attachments (résumés and support materials), but they must be submitted in the same package with the application form.
- Do not staple your application materials, put them in a binder or folder, or bind them in any way except with binder clips or paper clips.
When preparing your application package, pay attention to the Review Criteria Indicators listed in these guidelines. The panelists will use these as guides for their review and rating of your application.
The application package is a fillable PDF document (How to use PDFs), collated in the following order to be printed for submission:
Complete each page of the application form.
- Page 1: Applicant Information and Project Summary
- Be sure this page is signed by the applicant, at the bottom under "Certification."
- Be sure this page is signed by the applicant, at the bottom under "Certification."
- Page 2: Project Budget and Support Materials List
- Summarize your project budget, itemizing all expenses and sources of revenue.
- Be sure to include the SCAC Grant Request in the Income section.
What is “Applicant Cash?”
- Applicant Cash is money taken from your own account to balance your budget.
- Page 3: Narrative - Artistry
- 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.
- Why is this project important to your career and/or your community?
- 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.
- If the project has a public component, identify
- target audiences,
- populations to be served, and
- number of projected participants.
- If applicable, describe marketing/distribution, media, and other promotional activities.
- How will you reach and involve underserved populations?
- Clearly identify other sources of financial support to be provided throughout the project.
Provide a list of key project milestones and target dates for reaching them.
Use this page as a checklist to confirm you have included the required attachments in your application package.
Include brief résumés for principal artistic project personnel. Individual resumes should not exceed three (3) pages; additional pages will not be reviewed by the panel.
- Required Support Materials
Limit printed support material to a maximum of ten (10) pages; additional pages will not be reviewed by the panel. Be sure to list your support material items on page 2 of the application form.
See Submitting Support Materials for additional details. If you are uncertain what to submit, please contact your discipline coordinator.
Quarterly Grants Program
SC Arts Commission
1026 Sumter Street, Suite 200
Columbia, SC 29201
The initial staff review of applications focuses on the applicant’s eligibility, the project’s conformity to guidelines, 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 and information requested from S.C. Arts Commission regional and discipline arts coordinators are determined by panel consensus. Final funding decisions are approved by the Executive Director.
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 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 a grant management folder through the postal mail. You must sign and return all required contracts to the S.C. Arts Commission by the date listed in the folder. You must also complete a Final Report, as listed in your grant management folder, by the date stated in your contract. You will be expected to contact your S.C. Arts Commission coordinator if for any reason your project will undergo significant revisions.
The Quarterly Grants 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 SC Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, credit must also be given 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 www.CCFgives.org.
Payment will be on a reimbursement basis only and will be released upon receipt and approval of a 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 coordinator.
Last updated: 3/28/17
In addition to this page, you must read the following for complete guideline information:
- Before You Apply
- Completing the Application
- Terms & Definitions
- Support Materials
- After the Grant Award
- General Information
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