South Carolina Arts Commission

Artists’ Business Initiative Grants

Grant Information

Application Deadline

The application deadline for FY23 funding has passed

To support artist-driven, arts-based business initiatives that provide career satisfaction & sustainability for South Carolina artists

Who's Eligible
Professional-caliber South Carolina working artists (individuals and collaboratives)

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

Grant Period
July 1, 2023 – December 31, 2024

Matching Requirement
1:2 (grantee:SCAC)

About This Grant


Artists’ Business Initiative (ABI) grants encourage and enable the creation, expansion, or modification of artist-driven, arts-based business initiatives that will provide career satisfaction and sustainability for South Carolina artists.

South Carolina artists (individuals and collaboratives) may use ABI funding to help launch a new arts-based business initiative (or significantly alter an existing initiative) that will operate in an ongoing manner, or to help execute a temporary business initiative (a one-time occurrence or single purchase) that will provide career satisfaction and sustainability. An ongoing business initiative may be awarded up to $5,000. A one-time occurrence/single purchase may be awarded up to $3,500.

What is the Artists’ Business Initiative?

Please Note
  • Grant guidelines are subject to change until application opens.
  • The SCAC anticipates accepting Letters of Intent for FY24 funding in summer 2023

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.

Not quite ready to apply? You can preview the application before you create an account or start an application.

After You Apply

I’m Here to Help!

  • If you are seeking advisement, please contact Deputy Director Ce Scott-Fitts (803.734.8203 | submitting an application.
  • If you have submitted an application, and/or you have a current grant, please contact the Grants Team (803.734.8695 |
Grants Coaching

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