Arts Education Project Grants
The application deadline for FY22 funding has passed. Information about FY23 funding is scheduled for release in late 2021/early 2022.
To support quality K-12 arts education programs in both traditional arts education settings and through other organizations that utilize the arts to advance learning in children
Most S.C. schools, nonprofit organizations (arts & non-arts), colleges and universities, and units of government
Up to $15,000
July 2021-June 2022
About This Grant
The purpose of this South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) grant is to fund projects and programs that use the arts to meet the educational, developmental and social needs of K-12 students. Arts Education Project grants support quality arts education programs in both traditional arts education settings (schools, arts organizations) and through other organizations that utilize the arts to advance learning in students (social service, health, community, education or other organizations).
- Expand student access to arts education opportunities; and
- Complement, augment, or advance standards-based arts instruction or arts integration activities delivered to students during the course of the school day curriculum; and
- Be focused on or include significant components delivering quality instruction and/or experiences in the visual arts, performing arts, media arts, design arts, folk and traditional arts or creative writing; and
- Address South Carolina’s 2017 College and Career Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency.
- The applicant must be
- A public, private, charter, or parochial school; OR
- A consortium of schools with one primary applicant site; OR
- A school district; OR
- A college or university; OR
- A unit of state or local government; OR
- A nonprofit community-based organization (arts or non-arts).
- In addition: Private, charter, and parochial schools; and nonprofit community-based organizations must also
- be currently registered as a charitable organization with the S.C. Secretary of State’s Office; and
- reflect S.C. as primary address on all current official organizational documents; and
- either have federal tax exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service
apply through a tax exempt Fiscal Agent/Receiver organization.
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 SCAC grant award.
Individual public schools may use their school district’s DUNS number and do not need to register separately.
- FY22 ABC-Certified schools are not eligible to apply for an FY22 Arts Education Project Grant.
- Schools within a district receiving an FY21 or FY22 District Arts Support grant are eligible to apply for an FY22 Arts Education Project Grant.
- Individual artists are not eligible.
- Individual schools may not apply for an FY22 Arts Education Project grant if they are a partnership or service delivery site in another FY22 Arts Education Project application.
- Applicants may submit only one application per deadline.
- College and university departments are eligible, but only one application per department will be accepted.
Examples of eligible in-school and after-school activities include, but are not limited to:
- Artist residencies
- Public art projects
- Acquisition of critical equipment or supplies
- Program planning
- Professional development for instructors, artists and/or administrators
If you are hiring artists
Starting in Fiscal Year 2022 (July 2021), SCAC Arts in Education grant recipients must use members of the S.C. Arts Directory for grant-funded group lectures, demonstrations, performances, classroom residencies, and short-term arts teaching experiences. Artists labeled as Certified Teaching Artists on the Directory have been additionally vetted by SCAC through the submission of sample lesson plans, recorded teaching samples, and letters of recommendation; we encourage but do not require grant-funded teaching artist residencies to employ Certified Teaching Artists. Additionally, Arts Access SC Teaching Artists have trained with Arts Access SC to provide children, youth, and adults with disabilities quality arts experiences. Note: Schools should check with their district office about policies related to hiring artists, arts organizations, and teaching artists.
This funding category is highly competitive.
Priority will be given to projects or programs which
- Include partnerships between organizations, schools, and/or other entities to meet K-12 educational goals through the arts; and/or
- Serve specific student populations, including those living in rural or high-poverty areas; and/or
- Serve students in, and/or are located in, Opportunity Initiative counties targeted for special attention by SCAC.
See the Review Process section of these guidelines for details.
March 5, 2021
Applications may be submitted until 11:59 p.m. (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 SCAC closes at 5:00 p.m. that day.
All projects must be implemented between July 1, 2021 and June 1, 2022. If your proposed project is scheduled to end after June 1, please contact Catherine Ntube (803.734.8694 | firstname.lastname@example.org), Specialist for Arts Organizations & Education, before applying.
Up to $15,000
At least 50% of the applicant’s match must be cash.
Funds from another SCAC grant may not be used as matching funds.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted through our grants portal, which uses the Foundant platform. For frequently asked questions, registration instructions, and other helpful information, we highly recommend visiting the Grants Portal FAQ, before you begin working in the system.
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.
The applicant must have an active account in our grants portal.
- If you have previously used Submittable to apply for other SCAC grants or programs, please note that the grants portal is a different system. Your Submittable credentials will not work; you will need a grants portal account to apply for this grant.
- If you have used the grants portal as both an artist and as a contact for a school or organization, be sure you log on with the correct account to apply for this grant.
- Click the “Apply” link below. The grants portal will open in a new browser tab or window.
- Log on, then click the “Apply” link at the top of your Applicant Dashboard.
- Find “Arts Education Project” in the list of available grant applications, and click the “Apply” button to the far right.
Not quite ready to apply? You can preview the application before you create an account or start your application.
After You Apply
The Grants Team will review submitted applications for completeness and compliance with guideline and application requirements. A review panel of arts professionals will evaluate the applications based on the published Review Criteria. An applicant’s numerical rating and panel comments are available to them upon request. Staff will then develop funding recommendations, based on these evaluations and the availability of funds. Recommendations will be presented to the Board of Commissioners, which makes final award decisions. Award notification is expected after the June 2021 board meeting, pending completion of the state budget process.
Expanding access to arts education (40%)
- Demonstrated need for the project or program (10%)
- Educational goals are clearly stated (5%)
- Activities support the educational goals (5%)
- Activities directly engage students in the production of artworks or the use of arts-based learning strategies (10%)
- Activities address South Carolina’s 2017 College and Career Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency in a meaningful and reasonable way (5%)
- Plan includes appropriate methods of measuring success of activities (5%)
Organizational capacity (30%)
- The organization’s mission makes it an appropriate entity to implement the proposal. (5%)
- Project timeline is present and feasible. (5%)
- Personnel (10%)
- There is evidence of the existence of adequate leadership.
- Personnel are qualified to deliver the programs and lead the project.
- The proposed budget demonstrates a balanced and realistic estimate of project expenses and sources of income to support the project. (10%)
Populations Served (5%)
- Applicant demonstrates an understanding of which and how many students will benefit from the proposed activities, and any special characteristics or needs to be addressed.
- Partnerships (5%)
- Proposal represents partnerships between organizations, schools, and/or other entities to meet K-12 educational goals through the arts.
- Partners and their roles are identified and appropriate for the scope of the project.
- Letters of support from partners are present and there is evidence of a good partnership.
- Distinct group populations (8%)
Proposed activities specifically serve students
- in rural areas or urban clusters (as defined by the US Census Bureau as territory w/less than 2500 people) OR
- in high-poverty areas (20% or more of population served live below the poverty line) OR
- with disabilities OR
- in institutions (including hospitals, hospices, assisted living facilities, correctional facilities, and homeless shelters) OR
- living on a military base OR
- with limited English proficiency.
- Opportunity Initiative Counties
The following counties have been targeted for special attention by SCAC:
- Proposed activities specifically serve students in one or more Opportunity Initiative counties. (8%)
- The applicant organization is located in an Opportunity Initiative county. (4%)
If your application is funded, you (and your fiscal agent/receiver, if applicable) will enter into a contractual agreement with the South Carolina 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 by the due date given.
Please note: Any significant revisions to grant-funded activities must be approved in writing, in advance, by SCAC.
Additional details about managing an SCAC grant are available on our agency website.
Payments are reimbursement-based. This means any expenses must be financed up front by the grantee and/or a cooperating entity.
If you are using a Fiscal Agent/Receiver, grant funds will be released to your Fiscal Receiver, who will then pay you. For schools that are part of a school district, the district serves as the Fiscal Receiver.
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 stated in the grant 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. SCAC will not fund applicants who have outstanding Final Reports.
- If you are seeking advisement before submitting an application, please contact Catherine Ntube (803.734.8694 | email@example.com), Specialist for Arts Organizations & Education.
- If you have submitted an application, and/or you have a current grant, please contact the Grants Team (firstname.lastname@example.org | 803.734.8695).
We also highly recommend a visit to our Grants Coaching webpage, for
- open coaching calls for artists,
- category-specific information for grant applicants,
- monthly topic sessions, and
- opportunities for one-on-one assistance.
Missed a group call or session? Look for the “Video” link to access a recording of that presentation.