Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Initiative Grants

Grant Information

To support the passing of traditional artistic and cultural knowledge from mentors to apprentices

Who's Eligible
Traditional artists who meet the requirements of mentors or apprentices.

$3,000 to the mentor and $750 to the apprentice

Matching Requirement

About This Grant


Traditional arts are expressions of shared identity that are learned as a part of the cultural life of a particular group. This shared identity may be rooted in family, geographic, tribal, occupational, religious, ethnic, or other connections. As expressions of a living culture, traditional arts are generally handed down from one generation to the next and reflect the shared experience,  aesthetics, and values of a group. Traditional arts are dynamic, reflecting change over time and individual innovation over generations of practitioners.

The purpose of this grant is twofold:

  1. To support mentors who seek to pass their artistic and cultural knowledge to qualified apprentices.
  2. To provide apprentices with an opportunity to advance their artistic and cultural knowledge to a higher level so that they may continue to pursue the art form beyond the life of the apprenticeship.

Please Note

Grant guidelines are subject to change until the application opens.

How to Apply

  1. Review all of the information in these guidelines.
  2. Contact the program director: Folklife and Traditional Arts Director Laura Marcus Green, Ph.D. (803.734.8764 |
    • To be considered for this grant, you must contact the program director by .
  3. If your project meets the guideline requirements, the program director will schedule a meeting in which the prospective mentor and apprentice will be interviewed (including discussion and/or collection of work samples & support materials).
    • Applicants are urged to consider the review criteria (detailed in the “Review Process” section of these guidelines, under “After You Apply”) as you discuss your work with the program director. These criteria will be used to evaluate the application and determine the appropriateness of your project.
  4. Following the interview, the program director will create a narrative based on the application interview questions, work plan, and public component as discussed during your meeting.
  5. With your approval, this narrative and your work samples & support materials will be submitted as your application for an apprenticeship grant.
    • The application process must be completed by .

After You Apply

I’m Here to Help!

  • If you are seeking advisement, please contact Folklife and Traditional Arts Director Laura Marcus Green, Ph.D. (803.734.8764 | 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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