ABC Advancement (ABC) Grants
(For FY20 ABC Group C grantees only.)
The application deadline for FY21 funding has passed. Application materials for FY22 will be available in Fall 2020.
To support schools and school districts committed to implementing standards-based arts curricula and to making the arts an integral part of the basic curriculum and daily classroom instruction
S.C. schools and school districts with a 5-year strategic arts plan and an arts steering committee
Up to $15,000 per year per single school; up to $25,000 per year for a school district
The ABC Project is currently undergoing an internal review that will result in modifications to future grant guidelines. Therefore, the S.C. Arts Commission is not accepting new ABC Advancement applications for FY21. Only Group C returning ABC sites may apply in January of 2020 for FY21 funding. Applications for new ABC Advancement grants will resume for the January 2021 deadline.
About The ABC Project
ABC Advancement grantees, known as ABC sites, are part of the larger ABC Project, 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.
Among ABC Project programs and activities that support the efforts of ABC sites are 14 summer institutes for educators, including the Curriculum Leadership Institute in the Arts (CLIA), a summer arts leadership program for arts educators; the Arts Education Leadership Institute (AELI), an intensive summer planning program for school and school district teams; the SC Center for Dance Education at Columbia College; and an expanding statewide outreach program.
To learn about the steps for becoming an ABC site, visit The ABC Project’s website.
About This Grant
Arts in Basic Curriculum (ABC) Advancement grants support schools and school districts committed to implementing standards-based arts curricula and to making the arts an integral part of the basic curriculum and daily classroom instruction. Eligible applicants will have a school board-approved 5-Year Strategic Plan for including all five art forms in their school day curriculum. ABC grants provide three years of support for ongoing comprehensive planning, strategic projects and implementation of standards-based arts education initiatives, including but not limited to artist residencies. As of Fall 2019, there are 83 ABC sites in South Carolina, some of which have been sites since the project’s inception.
Applicants for FY21 ABC funding must meet all these requirements:
- Be either
- a S.C. public or private school (preK-12), or
- a S.C. school district.
- Have successfully established a Strategic Arts Plan developed using ABC Strategic Planning Guidelines as part of an Act 135 Education Improvement Act Plan.
- Have a functioning arts steering committee – a broadly based planning and program advisory committee that includes both school and community leaders.
- Be an FY20 Group C ABC grantee.
In accordance with federal government policy, all organizations – including (but not limited to) private schools, government entities, public school districts, and nonprofit organizations – must provide a valid DUNS number to receive an S.C. Arts Commission grant award.
- Individual public schools may use their school district's DUNS number and do not need to register separately.
- School district applicants (only) must have designated district arts coordinators with appropriate experience and certification in dance, drama, music or visual arts who have responsibility for arts curricula and professional development of district arts educators.
ABC Advancement grantees are expected to send representatives to meet with colleagues from other current and former sites for professional development days during the school year.
Applications may be submitted until 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the deadline date. However, please be aware that staff members will not be available to assist you with questions or technical difficulties after the Arts Commission closes at 5:00 p.m. that day.
July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021
Grants are awarded on 3-year cycle of approval. Separate contracts will be issued each year.
- Up to $15,000 per year per single school
- Up to $25,000 per year for a school district
Awards may vary from year to year and are contingent on availability of funds.
Each dollar awarded must be matched with $2 cash. No in-kind expenses are allowed as part of the applicant’s match in this category.
Please note that funds from another S.C. Arts Commission grant may not be used as matching funds.
How to Apply
ABC grants are managed in our online grants management system, from application, to approval and contracts, through payments and final reports.
The applicant must have an active account in our online grants management system.
- Follow the “Apply” link below. The online grants management system will open in a new browser tab or window.
- Log on, then click the “Apply” link at the top of your Applicant Dashboard.
- In the upper right corner of the “Apply” screen, enter the access code provided by the Arts Commission, and click the “Enter Code” button.
- Your screen should refresh with “ABC Advancement” as the only available grant application shown.
- To begin your application, click the “Apply” button to the far right.
- Until you enter your access code, you will not see ABC Advancement in the list of available grant applications. Please do not start an Arts Education Project (AEP) grant application instead! Enter your access code as instructed, and your screen will refresh with the ABC Advancement application shown.
- If you would like to preview the application before you log in, you may visit the “Apply” page, enter your access code as instructed, then click the “Preview” button when the ABC Advancement application information is shown onscreen.
- If you have already begun your FY21 ABC Group C application, do not click the “Apply” button again. Follow the instructions on the screen to return to the application you’ve already started.
After You Apply
Grants Office staff will review applications for completeness of submission and compliance with guideline and application requirements.
Since the ABC Project is currently undergoing an internal assessment that is expected to result in modifications to the program starting with FY22 ABC Advancement grants, the FY21 ABC application consists of updates to FY20 ABC Group C grantees’ activities and will not undergo a full review process. The eligible applicants’ typical three-year cycle will be extended to a fourth year for FY21 funding.
Based on the completed applications and current award amounts, staff will develop funding recommendations for the Board of Commissioners, which makes final award decisions.
FY21 tentative award notification is expected in late April/early May 2020 (after the April board meeting), with the FY21 awards finalized in late June/early July 2020 (after the June board meeting, pending completion of the state budget process).
If your application is funded, you (and your fiscal agent/receiver, if applicable) will enter into a contractual agreement with the SC Arts Commission, and you must comply with all requirements stated in that contract. You will receive notification and instructions when your contract is available in our online grants management system. You must submit your completed Contract Packet, including signatures and other documentation as instructed, by the date indicated in the system. You must also complete all other assigned Follow Ups (including a Final Report, as listed in your online account), by the due date given.
Please note: Any significant revisions to grant-funded activities must be approved in writing, in advance, by the SC Arts Commission.
Additional details about managing an SCAC grant are available on our agency website.
Payment will be on a reimbursement basis only. If the applicant is part of a school district or is using a fiscal agent/receiver, payment will be made to the school district or fiscal agent/receiver, with the school or applicant listed on the check as the benefiting organization.
An accurate Pay Request, listing only expenses allowable under the program guidelines for the certified time period, must be submitted in order to receive payment for the grant award.
Grantees may request a maximum of two interim payments, totaling no more than 80% of the grant award. Final grant payment will be released upon receipt and approval of the grantee’s 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 any funds received. The S.C. Arts Commission will not fund applicants who have outstanding Final Reports.
ABC grants are awarded on a three-year cycle, but grantees are required to file a final report at the end of each annual grant period. Submission of your annual final reports for years one and two of the three-year cycle will allow us to assess long-term progress and generate the next year’s contract.