South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts Commission

Arts Project Support Grants

Grant Information

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Application Deadline
Rolling

– At least six weeks before the project begins, for projects starting on or after September 15, 2021
– (Note: For projects beginning September 1-14, 2021, the application deadline is August 15, 2021.)

Application Period: July 1, 2021-April 15, 2022.

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Purpose
To support artists’ and organizations’ quality arts projects & programs and/or their commitment to improving themselves and/or their work artistically

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Who's Eligible
Artists, nonprofit organizations, and units of government

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Funding
Up to $2,500 within a fiscal year

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Grant Period
September 1, 2021-June 1, 2022

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Matching Requirement
1:2 for artists, 1:1 for organizations

About This Grant

Purpose

The purpose of the Arts Project Support (APS) Grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) is to support an artist’s or organization’s quality arts project or program or their commitment to improving themselves and/or their work artistically. Among other things, the APS grant can be used to build and/or increase technical, online, or virtual capacity; for community arts development; and for career advancement and/or professional development for artists and arts administration staff.

For Artists
  1. The applicant must be
    • a practicing artist in dance, music, opera, musical theatre, theatre, visual arts, design arts, crafts, photography, media arts, literature, and/or folklife/ traditional arts;
    • a legal resident of the U.S. and S.C. with a permanent residence in the state for at least one year prior to the application date and throughout the grant period; and
    • 18 years of age or older at the time of application.
  2. The applicant must not be a degree-seeking student during the grant period.
For Organizations
  1. The applicant must be
    • a unit of government, OR
    • a nonprofit organization
      1. currently registered with the S.C. Secretary of State’s Office
        Note: Applicants who are exempt from this registration must upload their registration exemption approval.
      2. reflecting S.C. as the primary address on all current official organizational documents
      3. with federal tax exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service
        OR
        applying through a tax-exempt fiscal agent/receiver organization
        Note: Applicants who are applying through a fiscal agent/receiver must submit a letter outlining the working relationship and responsibilities of both parties.
  2. 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.

  1. SCAC will not review or fund APS grant applications from a resident of or an organization located in a county served by a subgranting arts council:
    • Berkeley
    • Charleston
    • Darlington
    • Dorchester
    • Florence
    • Greenville
    • Spartanburg
    • Sumter
    • York
    In these counties, applicants must apply to the subgranting agency, rather than to SCAC.

    • Exception: The applicant is a statewide organization (defined as “an organization which provides services to an arts, cultural, or cultural special needs constituency throughout the state”) applying for a project that is statewide in scope and is not specific to one community. Otherwise, statewide organizations should apply to the subgrant site in their county.
  2. Applicants may receive up to two APS grant awards per fiscal year. However, a grantee may not receive funding for the same purchase or project twice in the same fiscal year. Each APS grant awarded within a fiscal year must address a different project or a different component of a previously-funded project.
  3. Organizations that are otherwise eligible, but are receiving SCAC Operating Support funding, may not receive APS funding within the same fiscal year, except for professional development opportunities.

Grant funds must be used for actual project costs, defined as consumable and non-consumable items needed to complete the proposed project (including, but not limited to):

  • Technical, online, or virtual capacity building (e.g., website development, technical support)
  • Equipment (e.g., kilns, lighting or sound equipment, musical instruments, storage)
  • Furniture (e.g., easels, music stands)
  • Professional services (e.g., performance space rental, web designer, consultant fees)
  • Professional development (e.g., conference or membership fees)

APS grant funds must not be used for ordinary living expenses incurred during the project.

Any activities carried out within this grant must align with state guidelines regarding COVID-19.

Priority will be given to individuals or organizations that have projects in SCAC’s Opportunity Initiative Counties:

  • Allendale
  • Calhoun
  • Cherokee
  • Dillon
  • Edgefield
  • Laurens
  • Lee
  • Marion
  • Marlboro
  • Newberry
  • Saluda

Deadline
  • August 15, 2021, for projects beginning September 1-14, 2021
  • At least six weeks before the project begins, for projects beginning on or after September 15, 2021
    • Applications must be submitted at least six weeks before grant-funded activities begin or purchases are made. However, earlier applications are encouraged. Applicants do not need to wait until six weeks before their project starts; you may submit an application as soon as you are ready.
    • Note: No applications will be accepted after April 15, 2022.

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.

Grant Period

All grant-supported activities must be implemented between September 1, 2021 and June 1, 2022.

If your proposed project is scheduled to end after June 1, please contact

  • (for artists) Ce Scott-Fitts (803.734.8203 | cscottfitts@arts.sc.gov), Program Director for Artist Services
  • (for organizations) Catherine Ntube (803.734.8694 | cntube@arts.sc.gov), Specialist for Arts Organizations & Education.
Funding

Up to $2,500 within a fiscal year, in up to two APS grant awards.

  • Example: Within the same fiscal year (July 1-June 30), a grantee could receive up to $2,500 in one APS grant award, or two APS grant awards totaling up to $2,500 (note the Restrictions section of these guidelines concerning multiple awards in the same year).

The maximum eligible award amount for each APS application is determined by the project budget and category matching requirements.

Matching Requirements

For Artists

1:2 (grantee:SCAC)

  • At least 50% of the applicant’s match must be cash.
  • Up to 50% may be in-kind donation of materials and contracted services.
    • An example of “in-kind” is a contracted fee that is waived or discounted as a donation to your project.
    • In-kind may not include the applicant’s creative time or salary.
  • Funds from another SCAC grant may not be used as matching funds.
  • SCAC artist grant awards are considered taxable income.

For Organizations

1:1 (grantee:SCAC)

  • At least 50% of the applicant’s match must be cash.
  • Up to 50% may be in-kind donation of materials and contracted services.
    • An example of “in-kind” is a contracted fee that is waived or discounted as a donation to your project.
  • 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 FAQbefore 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.

As part of your application, you will provide support materials and/or samples of your artistic work.

Specific requirements for these materials are outlined in the application. You may need to create new electronic files (documents, video files, etc.) to submit materials that meet the length, content, formatting, and other specifications. Evaluators will not review additional material beyond the stated maximum amount.

Additional guidance is available on our Support Materials page.

Video: Our Grants Coaching Call for Fellowship applicants included discussion of how to select work samples.

  1. Follow the “Apply” link below. The grants portal will open in a new browser tab or window.
  2. Log on, then click the “Apply” link at the top of your Applicant Dashboard.
  3. Find “Arts Project Support” 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 an application.

After You Apply

The Grants Team will review submitted applications for completeness and compliance with guideline and application requirements. SCAC program staff and management will evaluate the applications based on the published Review Criteria and Priority areas. 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. Final funding decisions are approved by the Executive Director. Award notification is expected within four weeks of submission date.


Project Review Criteria

Project Details (55%)

  • There is evidence that the project or program design is feasible and well-planned.
  • Personnel are qualified to deliver the program(s) and lead the project. Artistic personnel maintain a commitment to quality in artistic experiences.
  • (Organizations only) There is evidence of board leadership to guide and direct the project.
  • (If applicable) There is evidence of cooperative relationships and support from other artists and community organizations and/or businesses.
  • (If applicable) The applicant has well-planned marketing/ distribution efforts.
  • The support materials demonstrate experience and artistic quality.

Project Impact (30%)

  • The applicant demonstrated the importance of the project or program.
  • (If applicable) The applicant demonstrates an understanding of who and how many will benefit from the proposed activities, and any special characteristics or needs to be addressed.
  • The plan includes appropriate methods of measuring the success of activities.
  • The project serves one or more of the identified opportunity counties.

Project Budget (15%)

  • There is evidence that adequate financial resources are available to complete the proposed activities well.
Professional Development Review Criteria
  • The applicant clearly describes the professional development provider/ opportunity to which they will have access through this grant. (42%)
  • The applicant makes a compelling case for the skills they would gain and the impact of this professional development on their career/ work. (42%)
  • There is evidence that adequate financial resources are available to complete the proposed activities well. (15%)
  • Evaluators recommend funding. (1%)

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.

Grant Payments

For Artists: Payment of 20% of the grant award will be released upon receipt and approval of a completed Contract Packet. The remaining 80% will be paid on an expense reimbursement basis, released upon receipt and approval of a completed Final Report.

For Organizations: Payment will be on a reimbursement basis only and will be released upon receipt and approval of your Final Report.

Funding Credit

Coastal Community Foundation of South CarolinaThis grant program is funded in part by a generous award from the John and Susan Bennett Memorial Arts Fund of the Coastal Community Foundation of SC. As stipulated in your contract, credit must be given to to this source, in addition to SCAC and the National Endowment for the Arts, in all advertising, news releases, printed materials, and promotion and publicity. Details about the Coastal Community Foundation of SC are available on their website at CoastalCommunityFoundation.org.

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.

Questions?
  • If you are an artist seeking advisement before submitting an application, please contact Ce Scott-Fitts (803.734.8203 | cscottfitts@arts.sc.gov), Program Director for Artist Services.
  • If you are an organization seeking advisement before submitting an application, please contact Catherine Ntube (803.734.8694 | cntube@arts.sc.gov), Specialist for Arts Organizations & Education.
  • If you have submitted an application, and/or you have a current grant, please contact the Grants Team (803.734.8695 | grants@arts.sc.gov).
Grants Coaching

We also highly recommend a visit to our Grants Coaching webpage, for

Missed a group call or session? Look for the “Video” link to access a recording of that presentation.