South Carolina Arts Commission

Individual Artist Fellowships

Grant Information

Application Deadline

The application deadline for the FY23 fellowships has passed.

To recognize and reward the artistic achievements of South Carolina's exceptional individual artists

Who's Eligible
Most practicing individual artists residing in S.C.


Grant Period
July 2022-June 2023

Matching Requirement

Important Note

Work Sample requirements have been clarified. As always, applicants are urged to review the published guidelines before submitting their application. (Last update: 10/25/2021)

About the Individual Artist Fellowships


The purpose of the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC)’s Individual Artist Fellowships is to recognize and reward the artistic achievements of South Carolina’s exceptional individual artists. Fellowship awards are made through a highly competitive process and are based on artistic merit, achievements and commitment to discipline. The Fellowship awards bring recognition that may open doors to other resources and employment opportunities.

Changes for FY23

Please note that the Fellowships program has undergone changes for FY23. In particular,

  • Three artistic disciplines/practices have been added to the Fellowship rotation schedule:
    • Spoken Word/Slam Poetry
    • Time-Based Art (installation, sound, experimental film, video art, computer-based technology, and performance art)
    • Design arts (architecture, fashion, graphic, industrial, or interior)

As with all grants, please read the guidelines carefully before applying.

Video Coaching

SCAC organizational grantee Wits End Poetry was host of a live chat with Artist Services Director Ce Scott-Fitts for artists working in spoken word and slam poetry. However, note that they covered general interest topics about the changes for the fellowship grant. Watch that chat on YouTube.

    1. The applicant must be a practicing individual artist (duos, collaborative works, and other ensembles are not eligible), working in one or more of the disciplines eligible for the application year.Up to five Fellowships are awarded each year (maximum of one in each discipline), with artistic disciplines rotating from year to year. The next eligible disciplines will be:
      • FY23: Prose, Spoken word/Slam poetry, Performance: dance, music, or acting (film or theatre), Playwriting/Screenwriting (apply fall 2021)
      • FY24: Visual Art, Craft, Time-Based Art (installation, sound, experimental film, video art, computer-based technology, or performance), Music: Composition (apply fall 2022)
      • FY25: Poetry, Spoken word/Slam poetry, Choreography & Directing (film theatre, opera), and Performance: dance, music, or acting (film or theatre), (apply fall 2023)
      • FY26: Visual Art, Craft, Design arts (architecture, fashion, graphic, industrial, or interior), Media Production (apply fall 2024)
    2. The applicant must also be
      • A legal resident of the U.S. and S.C. with a permanent residence in the state for two years prior to the application date and throughout the Fellowship period; and
      • 18 years of age or older at the time of application.
    3. The applicant must not be a degree-seeking student during the award period.

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.

To Apply in Another Fellowship Category

You may apply for more than one Fellowship in the same year, but you must complete all application steps for each category and submit one application at a time.

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

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