South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts Commission

All Grants

Grants are one of the four ways the S.C. Arts Commission accomplishes its work in arts education and artist and community arts development.

March 18, 2020 update

We have suspended taking FY2020 (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020) applications for the following grants to focus our efforts on supporting grantees during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Arts Project Support Grants (artists and organizations)
  • Accessibility
  • Presenting and Performing Arts Initiative
  • Teacher Standards Implementation

Notice will be provided when applications in those grant categories are reopened. We’re sorry for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we redirect resources to be of most help to our constituents.


The South Carolina Arts Commission is honored to be named 2019 Public Sector Grantmaker of the Year by the 3,000-member Grant Professionals Association.

Click here to read more about the honor.


Looking for quarterly grants?

The S.C. Arts Commission updated its grants lineup in March 2019 to replace Quarterly Project Support grants with new, rolling-deadline Arts Project Support grants for artists and organizations. Read more about that change here, and get guidelines and apply for Arts Project Support grants here.


Use the filters below to find the grant that is most relevant to your needs.

Grant Categories
Grant Eligibility
Arts Emergency Relief Grants
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Application Deadline
05/15/2020

This application deadline has passed.

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Funding
Up to $1000*

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Matching Requirement
None

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Accessibility (ACA) Grants
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Application Deadline
Rolling

We have suspended taking applications for Accessibility Grants for FY2020 (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020) to focus our efforts on supporting grantees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Funding
Up to $2,500

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Matching Requirement
1:1 (applicant:SCAC)

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Arts Project Support (APS) Grants
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Application Deadline
Rolling

We have suspended taking applications for Arts Project Support Grants for FY2020 (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020) to focus our efforts on supporting grantees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Funding
Up to $1000

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Matching Requirement
1:2 for artists, 1:1 for organizations

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Presenting and Performing Arts Initiative (PPA) Grants
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Application Deadline
Rolling

We have suspended taking applications for Presenting and Performing Arts Initiative (PPA) Grants for FY2020 (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020), to focus our efforts on supporting grantees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Funding
Up to $2,000

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Matching Requirement
1:1 (applicant:SCAC)

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Teacher Standards Implementation (TSI) Grants
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Application Deadline
Rolling

We have suspended taking applications for Teacher Standards Implementation (TSI) Grants for FY2020 (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020), to focus our efforts on supporting grantees during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Funding
Up to $750

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Matching Requirement
1:2 (grantee:SCAC); no match required for public schools that qualify for Title 1 funding

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Individual Artist Fellowships (FEL)
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Application Deadline
11/22/2019

The application deadline has passed for FY21 Fellowships. Application materials are scheduled for release in mid-2020 for the FY22 Fellowships in Visual Arts, Craft, Media: Production, and Media: Screenwriting.

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Funding
$5,000

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None

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Operating Support for Small Organizations (OSS) Grants
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Application Deadline
12/16/2019

The application deadline for FY21 OSS funding has passed. Application materials for FY22 are scheduled for release in Fall 2020.

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Funding
Up to $2500 per year

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Matching Requirement
1:1 (grantee:SCAC)

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Artists’ Ventures Initiative (AVI) Grants
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Application Deadline
01/15/2020

The application deadline for FY21 funding has passed. Application materials for FY22 are scheduled for release in Spring 2021.

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Funding
Up to $3,500 for a one-time project/single purchase; up to $5,000 for an ongoing business venture

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Matching Requirement
1:2 (applicant:SCAC)

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ABC Advancement (ABC) Grants
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Application Deadline
01/15/2020

(For FY20 ABC Group C grantees only.)

The application deadline for FY21 funding has passed. Application materials for FY22 are scheduled for release in Fall 2020.

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Funding
Up to $15,000 per year per single school; up to $25,000 per year for a school district

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Matching Requirement
2:1 (grantee:SCAC)

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Arts Education Project (AEP) Grants
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Application Deadline
01/22/2020

The application deadline for FY21 AEP funding has passed. Application materials for FY22 are scheduled for release in Fall 2020.

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Funding
Up to $15,000

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Matching Requirement
1:1 (grantee:SCAC)

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Statewide Operating Support (SWO) Grants
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Application Deadline
02/03/2020

The application deadline for FY21 SWO funding has passed. Application materials for FY22 are scheduled for release in Fall 2020.

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Funding
No pre-set range

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1:1 (grantee:SCAC)

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School Arts Materials (SAM) Grants
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Application Deadline
02/14/2020

This application deadline has passed.

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Funding
$750 to $7,500

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1:3 (grantee:SCAC); no match required for public schools that qualify for Title 1 funding

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Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Initiative (APR) Grants
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Application Deadline
02/18/2020

The application deadline for FY21 funding has passed. Application materials for FY22 are scheduled for release in December 2020.

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Funding
$2,000 to the Mentor Artist and $500 to the Apprentice

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None

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General Operating Support (GOS) Grants
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Application Deadline
02/18/2020

The application deadline has passed for new applicants and current Group 2 grantees to apply for FY21 GOS funding. Application materials for FY22 are scheduled for release in Fall 2020.

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Funding
No pre-set range

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Matching Requirement
3:1 (grantee:SCAC)

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Folklife & Traditional Arts (FLK) Grants
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Application Deadline
03/16/2020

The application deadline for FY21 funding has passed. Application materials for FY22 are scheduled for release in December 2020.

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Funding
Up to $6,000

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Matching Requirement
1:1 (grantee:SCAC)

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Subgranting (SUB) Grants
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Application Deadline
05/01/2020

The application deadline for FY21 funding has passed. Application materials for FY22 are tentatively scheduled for release in early 2021.

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Funding
Up to $10,000

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Matching Requirement
1:1 (applicant:SCAC)

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