ABC Schools Advancement Grants

Grant Information

To support ABC-Certified Schools in their commitment to making the arts an integral part of the basic curriculum and daily classroom instruction

Who's Eligible
ABC-certified schools

Up to $15,000 per year

Matching Requirement
2:1 (grantee:SCAC)

About The ABC Institute

ABC Schools Advancement grantees are part of the larger Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Institute, which is overseen by a steering committee of approximately 50 members including artists, educators, school administrators, representatives of higher education, business leaders, and governmental representatives.

About This Grant


These grants support ABC-Certified Schools in their commitment to implementing standards-based arts curricula and to making the arts an integral part of the basic curriculum and daily classroom instruction.

ABC Schools Advancement grants provide support for ongoing comprehensive planning, strategic projects, and implementation of standards-based arts education initiatives, including but not limited to artist residencies. Currently there are 66 ABC-Certified Schools in South Carolina, some of which have been ABC schools since the Institute’s inception as the ABC Project.

The ABC Schools Advancement grant application process is designed to align with the rigorous certification/ recertification process that schools complete through the ABC Institute. The primary task grant applicants are asked to complete each year is to collect and provide evidence of progress made toward the strategic plan they designed during the certification process. Schools can then pull directly from this collection of evidence when completing recertification at the end of each three-year certification cycle.

Please Note

Grant guidelines are subject to change until the application opens.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted through our grants portal, which uses the Foundant platform.

New to Foundant? For frequently asked questions, registration instructions, and other helpful information, we highly recommend visiting the Grants Portal FAQbefore you begin working in the system.

PLEASE NOTE: You are urged to consider the Review Criteria (detailed in the “Review Process” section of these guidelines, under “After You Apply”) as you prepare your application materials. These criteria will be used to evaluate your application and determine the funding of your proposal.

After You Apply

I’m Here to Help!

  • If you are seeking advisement, please contact K-12 Coordinator Amanda Noyes (803.734.8675 | submitting an application.
  • If you have submitted an application, and/or you have a current grant, please contact the Grants Team (803.734.8695 |

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