South Carolina Arts Commission

Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Initiative Grants

Grant Information

Application Deadline

The application deadline for FY23 funding has passed.

To support the passing of traditional artistic and cultural knowledge from Mentor Artists to qualified Apprentices

Who's Eligible
Traditional artists who meet the requirements of Mentor Artist or Apprentice Artist

$2,000 to the Mentor Artist and $500 to the Apprentice

Grant Period
July 1, 2022-May 1, 2023

Matching Requirement

FY23 Folklife & Traditional Arts Applicant Coaching Call

UPDATE: Due to internal advisement limitations, the FY23 Folklife & Traditional Arts Applicant Coaching Call originally scheduled for January 20 is unable to occur.

For your reference, the recording of our FY22 Folklife & Traditional Arts Applicant Coaching Call may assist with questions about application content and project types for our Folklife & Traditional Arts grant categories. Please note that the deadlines and other dates stated in this recording reference the previous application cycle. The following deadlines are for our current round of applications for FY23:

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 the Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Initiative Grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) is twofold:

  1. To support Mentor Artists 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.

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 February 25, 2022 (EXTENDED from February 18, 2022).
  3. If your project meets the guideline requirements, the program director will schedule a meeting in which the prospective Mentor Artist 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 April 15, 2022.

After You Apply

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