Individual Artist Fellowships

Grant Information

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.


Matching Requirement

About the Individual Artist Fellowships


These fellowships 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.

Please Note

Grant guidelines are subject to change until the application opens.

Applicant Coaching

    1. The applicant must be a practicing individual artist (duos, collaborative works, and other ensembles are not eligible), working in one (1) or more of the disciplines eligible for the application year. Up to five (5) 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:
      • FY25: Poetry; Spoken word/Slam poetry; Choreography & Directing (film theatre, opera); Performance: dance, music, or acting (film or theatre); and Folklife and Traditional Arts (quilting, embroidery, sewing, beading, weaving, pottery, basketmaking, woodcarving, folk music, dance, or oral literature)
      • FY26: Visual Art; Craft; Design arts (architecture, fashion, graphic, industrial, or interior); and Media Production (apply fall 2024)
      • FY27: Prose; Spoken word/Slam poetry; Performance: dance, music, or acting (film or theatre); and Playwriting/Screenwriting (apply fall 2025)
      • FY28: Visual Art; Craft; Time-Based Art (installation, sound, film, video art, animation, computer-generated art, or performance art); and Music: Composition (apply fall 2026)
    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 (2) 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.

New to Foundant? For frequently asked questions, registration instructions, and other helpful information, we highly recommend visiting the Grants Portal FAQbefore you begin working in the system.

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

Headshot of Tanisha BrownI’m Here to Help!

  • If you are seeking advisement, please contact Artist Development Director Tanisha N. Brown (803.734.8043 | before submitting an application.
  • If you have submitted an application, and/or you have a current grant, please contact the Grants Team (803.734.8695 |


Grants Coaching

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