South Carolina Arts Commission

Grants Coaching

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South Carolina Arts Commission Grants Coaching: Topics, Training, TrendsGroup & One-on-One Assistance

Do you have questions about the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) grants process? Could you use some pointers for managing a grant you already have? Well, get a coach!

The SCAC offers:

Keep reading for details.

Urgent Grants Coaching Sessions

February 3, 2022 New Grant Requirement: Moving from DUNS number to Unique Entity ID (UEI)

In accordance with federal government policy, all organizations – including (but not limited to) private schools, public school districts, government entities, and nonprofit organizations – must provide a valid Unique Entity ID (UEI) to receive an SCAC grant award. The UEI requirement will replace the DUNS number requirement, effective April 4, 2022.

During this 11 a.m. coaching session, the SCAC Grants Team will discuss the transition from DUNS numbers to UEIs; and provide resources on how to obtain your UEI through, where to look if you need assistance with this process, and next steps after you have obtained your new UEI.


Applicant Coaching Calls

Are you preparing to apply for an upcoming deadline? The SCAC Grants Team and program directors will host informational sessions about currently-available grant opportunities. Calls begin at 11 a.m. unless otherwise noted.

The sessions are free, but you must register in advance. 

November 4, 2021 Operating Support New Applicant Coaching Call

The grants team will do an overview of General Operating Support (GOS) and Operating Support for Small Organizations (OSS). (Video)

January 20, 2022

FY23 Folklife & Traditional Arts Applicant Coaching Call

UPDATE: Due to internal advisement limitations, the FY23 Folklife & Traditional Arts Applicant Coaching Call originally scheduled for January 20 is unable to occur.

For your reference, the recording of our FY22 Folklife & Traditional Arts Applicant Coaching Call may assist with questions about application content and project types for our Folklife & Traditional Arts grant categories. Please note that the deadlines and other dates stated in this recording reference the previous application cycle. The following deadlines are for our current round of applications for FY23:

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Open Coaching Calls for Artists

Artist Services Director Ce Scott-Fitts and the SCAC Grants Team host open coaching calls on artist development grants, to better enable artists to make competitive applications for our competitive grants.

The sessions are free, but you must register in advance. 

Date Topic
September 15, 2021 FY22 Emerging Artist Grants

Zoom session at 3 p.m. for artists in the early stages of their career (1-5 years) who are interested in applying for an Emerging Artist Grant. Topics include outlining the purpose of the grant, the role of the mentorship, and what to include in the narrative/project proposal. (Video)

November 10, 2021 FY23 Artists’ Ventures Initiative (AVI) Grants

Zoom session at 3 p.m. on how AVI grants can be used to support an artistic business venture; open to artists interested in applying. Topics include how to determine if the AVI grant supports the goals of the artist, purpose of intent to apply letter, and what to include in the application. This call will feature visual artist and current AVI grantee Camela Guevara. (Video)

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Monthly Topics Sessions

Our Grants Team offers professional coaching in Topics and Training video conference sessions.

These sessions are a free service and first-come, first-served based on time of registration. Space is limited, so please do not miss meetings for which you’ve reserved a spot.

  • Grants-related topics with Q&A time at the end
  • First Thursday of the month at 11 a.m., via Zoom
  • Register for a Monthly Topics Session (required for security purposes). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
  • Schedule subject to change
Date Topic
September 3, 2020 Creating a Profile for first time applicants (Video)

  • Organization vs. Individual Artist
  • FEIN – Tax Exempt Status
  • Fiscal Agent/Receiver
  • DUNS
  • Customized Fields
November 5, 2020 Utilizing Collaborator (Video)
February 4, 2021 The Panel Process (Video)
May 6, 2021 Updating Grant Contacts (Video)
July 1, 2021 Introduction to SCAC grant opportunities and the Grants Portal (Video)
August 5, 2021 What comes next after you have been awarded? Contract Packets! (Video)
September 2, 2021 Payments & Payment Requests (Video)
November 4, 2021 Operating Support for New Applicants (Video)
December 2, 2021 Application Questions & Answers Open Call
January 6, 2022 Panel Process (Video)
February 3, 2022 New Grant Requirement: Moving from DUNS number to Unique Entity ID (SAM) – Refer to the Urgent Grants Coaching Sessions section of this page for details and video.
March 3, 2022 Reaching Out to the General Assembly/ Best Practices (Video)
TBA Sessions will resume in FY2023 (after July 1, 2022)

One-on-One Calls

The Grants Team is available to answer your questions about the grants process with 15- or 30-minute sessions, Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. You must schedule your session at least 24 hours in advance.

To schedule an appointment, just click the link for your desired meeting length. Select a date, then an available time slot, then enter in the details and click “Schedule Event.”


For additional information, please contact the Grants Team ( | 803.734.8695).