South Carolina Arts Commission

Artists’ Ventures Initiative (AVI) Grants

Grant Information

Application Deadline

The application deadline for FY23 funding has passed.

To support artist-driven, arts-based business ventures that provide career satisfaction & sustainability for S.C. artists

Who's Eligible
Professional-caliber South Carolina working artists (individuals and collaboratives)

Up to $3,500 for a one-time project/single purchase; up to $5,000 for an ongoing business venture

Grant Period
July 1, 2022 - December 31, 2023

Matching Requirement
1:2 (grantee:SCAC)

About This Grant


The purpose of the Artists’ Ventures Initiative (AVI) Grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) is to encourage and enable the creation, expansion, or modification of artist-driven, arts-based business ventures that will provide career satisfaction and sustainability for South Carolina artists.

South Carolina artists (individuals and collaboratives) may use AVI funding to help launch a new arts-based business venture (or significantly alter an existing venture) that will operate in an ongoing manner, or to help execute a temporary venture (a one-time project or single purchase) that will provide career satisfaction and sustainability. An ongoing business venture may be awarded up to $5,000. A one-time project/single purchase may be awarded up to $3,500.

What is the Artists’ Ventures Initiative?

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.

Not quite ready to apply? You can preview the application before you create an account or start an application.

After You Apply

  • If you are seeking advisement before submitting an application, please contact Ce Scott-Fitts (803.734.8203 |, Artist Development Director.
  • If you have submitted an application, and/or you have a current grant, please contact the Grants Team (803.734.8695 |
Grants Coaching

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

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