South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts Commission

Individual Artist Fellowships

Grant Information

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Application Deadline

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

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

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Grant Period
July 2022-June 2023

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Matching Requirement

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.

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)
  1. 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.
  2. The applicant must not be a degree-seeking student during the award period.

There is a limit of three S.C. Arts Commission Fellowships in an artist’s career and a period of ineligibility of 10 years after the first Fellowship is awarded. Artists who received Fellowships prior to FY13 (July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013) are eligible to apply for the FY23 (July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023) Fellowships.

  • Fellows may not receive any other SCAC grant awards during their Fellowship year.
  • An artist may apply in more than one category, but is only eligible to receive one Fellowship. If applying in more than one category, a different body of work must be submitted for each category.

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

There are no specified priority areas for this grant category.

November 15, 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 p.m. that day.
Grant Period

July 2022-June 2023


$8,500 per Fellowship

There are no restrictions on the use of Fellowship funds.

SCAC artist grant awards are considered taxable income.
Matching Requirements


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.

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 Fellowship application, you will be required to upload

  • samples of your work in the Fellowship discipline for which you are applying, and
  • your resume, as evidence of your achievements and commitment to discipline.

Specific requirements for these uploads 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.

Work Samples
  • For Prose, applicants may upload up to 20 pages of your work.
  • For Spoken Word/Slam Poetry, applicants can upload six (6) three-minute viewing samples no more than 18 minutes total of original spoken word/slam poetry.
  • For Performance: Dance, Music, or Acting (film or theatre), applicants may include viewing samples (not to exceed 10 minutes each) from two (2) completed works. The first work sample uploaded must be a non-collaborative work. The second sample may be a collaborative piece.
  • For Playwriting/Scriptwriting, applicants may upload one (1) selection (not to exceed 30 pages) from one completed original play or script; and a one-page synopsis of the work as a whole.
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. Out-of-state panelists will evaluate the applications based on the published Review Criteria. 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. Recommendations will be presented to the Board of Commissioners, which makes final award decisions. Award notification is expected after the June 2021 board meeting, pending completion of the state budget process.

Please note:

  • A minimum of five applications must be received in a Fellowship discipline category in order for the category to undergo panel review.
  • The SCAC reserves the right to not award a Fellowship in any discipline for which applications have been solicited.
Review Criteria

Fellowship applicants’ works are reviewed by out-of-state panelists who make their judgments based on artistic merit, achievements and commitment to discipline.

Upon notification of the award, Fellowship winners will be asked to immediately forward a photograph to be used for promotional purposes.

As a Fellowship recipient, you will enter into a contractual agreement with the SCAC, and you must comply with all requirements stated in those contract materials. 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.

Additional details about managing an SCAC grant are available on our agency website.


Payment of the award will be released upon receipt and approval of a completed Contract Packet. Fellows may choose to receive their full award in one payment, or divided into two payments (one per calendar year).

  • If you are seeking advisement before submitting an application, please contact Ce Scott-Fitts (803.734.8203 |, Program Director for Artist Services.
  • If you have submitted an application, and/or you have a current Fellowship, 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.