South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts Commission

Arts Teacher Support Grants

Grant Information

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Application Deadline

At least six weeks before the project begins

This category is scheduled to reopen in July 2021, for projects taking place September 2021-June 2022.

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To help arts teachers acquire the supplies, materials, professional development, or other tools/expertise needed to innovate in arts classrooms

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Who's Eligible
Most public, private, and charter schools in SC

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Up to $1200

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Grant Period
August 15, 2020 - May 15, 2021

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Matching Requirement
1:2 (grantee:SCAC); no match required for public schools that qualify for Title 1 funding


The FY21 application period for this category has closed. Guidelines for FY22 grants (for projects taking place between September 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022) will be posted in mid-June 2021, and applications will be accepted starting July 1, 2021.

Looking for Teacher Standards Implementation (TSI) Grants?

The SC Arts Commission has replaced Teacher Standards Implementation (TSI) Grants with Arts Teacher Support Grants.

About This Grant


The purpose of the Arts Teacher Support grant is to support innovation in arts classrooms by helping arts teachers acquire supplies, materials, professional development, and tools/expertise.

The strongest applications will clearly state how the materials or professional development funded by the grant will allow innovation in arts classrooms. Examples include but are not limited to purchases or activities that

  • allow an arts concept/standard to be explored in a more culturally relevant or developmentally appropriate way;
  • build connections between classroom and community, or between the arts classroom and other subject areas in a novel way; or
  • address a gap in access that has previously impeded learning in your classroom.

  1. The applicant must be a public, private, or charter school in South Carolina.
    • Private schools must be registered as a charitable organization with the SC Secretary of State’s Office, in accordance with the SC Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act.
  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.

    Individual public schools may use their school district’s DUNS number and do not need to register separately.

  3. An arts teacher for the applicant school must serve as the contact person for this grant. (Arts areas include: creative writing, dance, design, music, media arts, theatre, and visual art.) If a school wishes to apply and does not have an arts teacher, contact Specialist for Arts Organizations & Education Catherine Ntube at before applying.
ABC Schools

ABC Schools are not eligible to apply.

Multiple Projects or Schools
  • A school may not receive funding for the same purchase or project twice.
  • A school may receive no more than two Arts Teacher Support Grant awards per fiscal year.
  • Multiple arts teachers from the same school may apply, jointly or separately. We encourage joint applications when possible to maximize the value of the application process for applicant schools. When multiple arts teachers from the same school apply jointly, one arts teacher must be designated as the contact person for this grant.
    • For example, if a dance teacher needs $300 for a professional development opportunity and a music teacher at the same school needs $700 in supplies, they may submit one application for $1000.
  • If a teacher teaches at multiple schools, they may not apply for a multi-school grant. Instead, the teacher should choose which school will apply for the grant. A teacher who teaches at multiple schools may apply for separate grants for each school.
    • For example, if you teach art at Main Street Elementary and Arts Drive Elementary, you may apply for a grant to fund printmaking at Main Street Elementary and a separate grant to fund printmaking at Arts Drive Elementary.

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

The SC Arts Commission recognizes that arts teachers have varied backgrounds and resources upon which to pull. Arts Teacher Support Grants invite arts teachers to identify lacking resources and expertise in their classroom and use grant funds to acquire what is lacking.

Arts Teacher Support Grants funds may be used to pay for the following:

  • Consumable and non-consumable resources
  • Professional development opportunities and related costs including:
    • Membership to state or national arts education associations
    • Conference, travel, and hotel fees for state or national conferences (travel and hotel must follow the SC state travel guidelines and rates)
    • Artists in residence (Please note: The artist in residence must spend peer-to-peer training time with the arts teacher to ensure growth in the teacher’s skill level and ability to teach the skill in future years.)

Priority may be given to:

  • Schools that have not received Arts Teacher Support and/or Teacher Standards Implementation (TSI) funding in the past
  • Public schools that qualify for Title 1 funding
  • Schools in SC Arts Commission FY21 Opportunity Initiative Counties:
    • Allendale
    • Calhoun
    • Dillon
    • Edgefield
    • Laurens
    • Lee
    • Marion
    • Marlboro
    • Saluda
At least six weeks before the project begins
  • Applications must be submitted at least six weeks before grant-funded activities begin or purchases are made.
  • Note: Final deadline for FY21 applications is April 1, 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.

Grant Period

All grant-funded materials purchases or professional development opportunities must be implemented between August 15, 2020 and May 15, 2021.


Up to $1200.

Matching Requirements

1:2 (grantee:SCAC)

Exception: If an applicant school qualifies to receive Title 1 funding, no match is required.


  • A 1:2 match means that for each dollar granted, the grantee must match with $0.50 of their own funds.
    • For example, if the total project cost is $1800, the applicant may request $1200 and must provide the remaining $600 from other sources.
  • Funds from another SC Arts Commission grant may not be used as matching funds.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted through our online grants management system, which uses the Foundant platform. For frequently asked questions, registration instructions, and other helpful information, we highly recommend visiting the Foundant 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 project.

The applicant must have an active account in the Foundant system.

If you have previously used Submittable to apply for other SCAC grants or programs, please note that Foundant is a different system. Your Submittable credentials will not work; you will need a Foundant account to apply for this grant.

If you have used the Foundant system 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.

Helpful Hint: The primary contact person for this grant should be the arts teacher who will administer the grant activities. To ensure the correct person is listed as the primary contact for your application, that person should be the one to log on and click the “Apply” button to start the application. The primary contact person for this grant should be the person who will:

  1. edit and submit the grant application;
  2. manage this grant’s activities, and
  3. receive and respond to communications from the Arts Commission about this grant.
  1. Follow the “Apply” link below. The online grants management system 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 Teacher 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. Staff will then develop funding recommendations, based on these evaluations and the availability of funds. Final funding decisions are approved by the Deputy Director.

Review Criteria

Funded Materials/Professional Development

  • Information provided about the school’s mission and demographics is thorough.
  • The materials and/or skills to which the teacher would gain access through this grant are clearly identified.
  • The applicant provided a compelling explanation of how the materials and/or skills acquired would allow them to innovate in their classroom.
  • The applicant has a realistic sense of how many students will be impacted by this grant.


  • The applicant presents a balanced budget for the project or purchase.
  • The budget shows evidence that the applicant school can cover the required match.


  • The applicant school qualifies for Title 1 funding.
  • The applicant school has not previously received Arts Teacher Support or Teacher Standards Implementation (TSI) funding.
  • The applicant school is in an SC Arts Commission FY21 Opportunity Initiative County:
    • Allendale
    • Calhoun
    • Dillon
    • Edgefield
    • Laurens
    • Lee
    • Marion
    • Marlboro
    • Saluda

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

Payments are reimbursement-based and will be disbursed upon receipt and approval of your final report. This means any expenses must be financed up front by the school, district, or cooperating entity (such as PTA).

Payments will be made to school districts, instead of directly to schools (unless the school is not part of a district). The school district serves as the Fiscal Receiver (sometimes known as the Fiscal Agent).

Please note that the SC Arts Commission does not pay artists directly. The grantee (school) must pay an artist in full upon the conclusion of any residency.

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 |, 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).
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