Our online grants are managed using the Foundant platform. We highly recommend reviewing the frequently asked questions, registration instructions, and other helpful information on this page before you begin working in the system.
(Already have a grant? Be sure to review the Grants Management Instructions.)
Helpful Hint: Check your spam! When you begin using our grants portal, please check your “Spam” or “Junk” folders and filters to be sure you can receive email from this address:
This is the address from which you’ll receive most communications about your online grants management. When you apply for a grant through this system, you should receive a confirmation email from that address. If you don’t see it in your inbox, please check your spam and/or contact your network administrator (particularly applicable for schools and school districts).
From the logon page, just click “Create New Account” and complete the fields provided. Once you have registered, be sure to keep your logon information in a secure place for your records.
Helpful Hint: Do not use your browser’s “back” button during the registration process. Use the “Next” and “Previous” buttons to navigate through the registration steps.
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:
For a walk-through of the process, please download the Registration Tutorial (PDF).
Please DO NOT create a new account for yourself. Contact the Grants Office (email@example.com | 803.734.8695) so we can add you as a contact on the organization’s existing account.
And of course, you can always contact the Arts Commission for assistance! But most password issues can be quickly resolved by one of the methods above.
Use the “Forgot your Password?” link on the Logon page, to send a password reset link to your email address. If you no longer have access to the email address you once used in the Foundant system, please contact the Grants Office (firstname.lastname@example.org | 803.734.8695).
There are two ways to change your password:
Once you are on the Applicant Profile screen, scroll down and click the “Change Your Password” button, change your password in the pop-up window, and click “Save Password.” For a walk-through of the process, please download the Changing Your Password Tutorial (PDF).
There are two ways to change your user information:
Once you are on the Applicant Profile screen, update your user information and click “Save.”
The system uses your email address as your user name. So, if your email address changes:
If you need anyone added to your organization’s profile, please contact the SCAC Grants Team at email@example.com with the following information:
Please note: You are not able to add new contacts to your organization yourself; it must be done by the Grants Team.
There are three ways to change your organization’s information:
Not quite ready to apply? For many grant categories, you can preview the application before you log in or create an account.
If you have difficulty previewing an application, please contact the Grants Team (firstname.lastname@example.org | 803.734.8695).
After logging into the Grants Portal, click the “Apply” link at the top of the screen, to see currently-available grant opportunities. Note: If you have been provided an Access Code for a specific grant application, you will need to enter it in the field at the top right of the screen, to see that grant category’s application information. You will need to enter the Access Code every time you need to find that grant opportunity, until you have started your application (after which, your application in progress will appear on your “Applicant Dashboard” page).
Helpful Hint: To ensure the correct person is listed as the primary contact for your application, that person should be the one to log on and click the “Apply” button to start the application. The primary contact person for this grant should be the person who will:
Other users in the organization can view the application, but only the user whose name appears at the top of the application will be able to edit and submit. If you need your application reassigned to a different user within your organization, please contact the Grants Office (email@example.com | 803.734.8695) to request this change. (You may continue working in the meantime.)
Some grant applications are restricted (for example, grantees on a three-year cycle don’t need to apply every year, so only those who are eligible in a particular year are given access, to avoid accidental applications). Restricted categories will not appear in the public list. If you are eligible to apply, you should have received an Access Code with notification that the application is available. Type your Access Code in the box in the upper right corner of the screen and click the “Enter Code” button, and your grant category should appear. If you think you are eligible to apply, but you have not received an Access Code, please contact the Grants Office (firstname.lastname@example.org | 803.734.8695).
The person who starts the application is the primary contact for that application, and the only user who can edit or submit. However, that user may allow others to work on their application by:
Click the “Historical Requests” tab on your Dashboard (reached by clicking the “Home” icon at the top left of the screen).
Our online grants management system allows us to handle most documents electronically, including your contract, payment requests, and final report, all of which are called “Follow Ups” in the system. Most full-year contract packets will be issued electronically, starting in late summer. This electronic contract packet replaces the paper documents and folder we have traditionally sent via postal mail.
The account holder who is logged on and begins the application will become the Contact Person for that grant application. When you begin your application, please review the “Applicant” information shown at the top of the page. The name and contact information should be that of the Contact Person for this grant’s activities. If a different person’s information is shown, we will need to reassign the application to the correct Contact Person’s account. Please contact the Grants Office (email@example.com | 803.734.8695) to request this change. (You may continue working in the meantime.)
The system works best with the Chrome and Firefox browsers. The Microsoft Edge browser is not recommended; it will not autosave and will not save data that is copied-and-pasted into fields.
The system will automatically save your work:
Exception: The autosave does not work in the Microsoft Edge browser. If using Edge, you must manually save your work by clicking the “Save” button often.
The system will give a warning message after a period of inactivity, letting you know it is about to log you out for security purposes. You can click to continue. If the system does log you out, it will save your work first.
Both of these options will generate a PDF file of the document, which you may then print and/or save to your computer. (How to Use PDFs)
Fax to File is a tool that allows you to convert documents from hard copy to PDF format, by faxing the hard copy documents to the system. You can then upload those PDFs to the system as part of your application, final report, etc. Unless you don’t have a way to scan hard copies of documents, you probably won’t need Fax to File.
On the Applicant Dashboard, you can click the “Public Profile” button to access your GuideStar, 990, or other public information.
This system uses specific terminology that may be different from our usual language.
During times of high traffic (e.g., deadline days), the system may take a little extra time to process your submission. You may see a message that asks if you want to wait, or if you’d rather stop or “kill” the process. We recommend clicking “wait” to allow the system to finish processing your submission. (The message may come up more than once; just keep clicking “wait.”) The system is checking your submission to be sure you haven’t missed any required questions, and/or if you’ve gone beyond the character allotment in any fields. If so, it should eventually provide you with a message to that effect, so that you can answer the missed question or retype your answer with fewer characters.
For additional information, please contact the Grants Team (firstname.lastname@example.org | 803.734.8695).