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Presenting and Performing Arts (PPA) Initiative Grants for Organizations Guidelines


NEW THIS YEAR: The application process for this program is now an online submission through our Online Grants Management System.


The South Carolina Presenting and Performing Arts (PPA) Initiative Grant is a program that supports the presentation (live performance) of South Carolina-based performing artists, ensembles, and performing arts organizations throughout the state. For the purposes of this grant, performing arts are defined as dance, music, and theatre.


Grants are made to the “presenting organization” hosting or presenting the performance rather than the performing artists or performing arts organization (also referred to as "producing organization").


The S.C. Arts Commission supports touring by South Carolina-based performing artists, performing arts ensembles, and performing arts organizations within the state.


This program will promote artistic collaboration between South Carolina performing artists, ensembles, and performing arts organizations and South Carolina presenters and presenting organizations so that:

  1. South Carolina citizens and visitors benefit from diverse opportunities for relevant, rewarding arts experiences, and
  2. South Carolina’s professional artists are able to produce exceptional art and build satisfying, sustainable careers.


Any not-for-profit organization that meets the eligibility criteria listed below can apply to receive a PPA initiative grant to support touring activities.


Applicants are encouraged to seek partnerships and sponsorships beyond this grant in order to assure sustainability in future years.


Only one application may be submitted per presenter.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant (the “presenting organization”) must be
    • A unit of government, OR
    • A college or university, OR
    • A nonprofit organization (arts or non-arts)
      • currently registered with the S.C. Secretary of State's Office
      • reflecting S.C. as the primary address on all current official organizational documents
      • with federal tax exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service
        applying through a tax exempt Fiscal Agent/Receiver organization
  • 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, government entities, and nonprofits - must provide a DUNS number.
    • Individual artists are not required to obtain a DUNS number.


Funds may ONLY be used for:

  • Fees for S.C.-based performing artist(s) or ensembles from outside of the applicant’s home community (50 miles or more);
  • Costs associated with travel for contracted S.C.-based performing artist(s) or ensembles;
  • Costs associated with marketing of the performance, but not to exceed 15% of performance fees;
  • Programs and events in which the contracted S.C.-based performing artists are the primary focus.


Funds may not be used for:

  • General operating expenses for the applicant organization.
  • Programs or events in which the performing artist(s) is not the primary focus (e.g., sidewalk sales, festivals, home engagements, etc.).
  • Programs or events that are not open to the public.
  • Programs or events that are outside of South Carolina.
  • Performing artists or arts groups located within 50 miles of the presenting organization.
  • Capital purchases or bricks and mortar (construction) projects.
  • K-12 schools and school districts.
  • Programs or events that are related to degree completion.
  • Costs associated with production-related technology or equipment necessary to support such performing artist(s) or ensembles.
  • Costs associated with performance operations (e.g., security, box office, hospitality, janitorial, etc.).


In addition:

  • Grantees included in this program may not apply for S.C. Arts Commission Quarterly Project Support funding for the same project.
  • Only one application per presenter may be submitted.
  • Funds from another S.C. Arts Commission grant may not be used as matching funds.
  • Priority may be given to applicants and projects that have not received funding in the past.

Application Deadline

Applications must be submitted at least five weeks before the project begins.

Grant Period

All performances must take place in South Carolina between July 1, 2018 and June 1, 2019.

All projects must be completed by June 1, 2019.  Contact La Ruchala Murphy at (803) 734-8680 or lmurphy@arts.sc.gov  if your project is scheduled to end after June 1.

Funding Eligibility

Up to $2,000 per award; or no more than 50% of the artist(s) fees plus travel costs related to the performance.


1:1 (applicant: S.C. Arts Commission)
All of the applicant’s match must be cash. No in-kind expenses are allowed.

Funds from another S.C. Arts Commission grant may not be used as matching funds.


How to Apply

Before applying, you are strongly advised to contact your county 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.


Note: Organizations that have registered in the online system for other grant programs do not need to re-register.


  1. New Applicants
    Create an online grants management account for your organization.
    • In the first registration section, labeled Applicant Information, provide your organization’s information (name, address, phone, etc.), not your personal information.
    • In the next registration section, labeled User Information, provide your work contact information (organization 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:

    • 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).
    • 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.
  2. New Applicants & Returning Grantees
    Once you are logged on, look for the "FY19 Presenting and Performing Arts (PPA) Grant” in the list of available applications. Click the "Apply" button to the far right.
    Helpful Hint:
    To ensure the correct person is listed as the primary contact person for your application, that person should be the one to log on and start the application.  The primary contact person for this grant should be the person who 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.

NOTE: In accordance with the S.C. Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act, charitable organizations must maintain current registration with the S.C. Secretary of State's Office. The S.C. Arts Commission does not require a copy of an applicant's current S.C. Charities registration letter; however, failure to register and renew the registration annually may result in severe fines by the S.C. Secretary of State's Office.


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Review Process

Please contact your S.C. Arts Commission 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. S.C. Arts Commission staff will review and rate grant applications on the basis of specific criteria listed in the guidelines. Final funding decisions are approved by the Executive Director.

If you receive a grant award

If your application is approved, you will receive notification and grant management information. You must follow the instructions for submitting your required contract materials to the S.C. Arts Commission by the given deadline. You must also complete a Final Report, 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.

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 coordinator.


Last updated: February 4, 2019


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