South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts Commission

Folklife & Traditional Arts (FLK) Grants

Grant Information

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Application Deadline

The application deadline for FY21 funding has passed. Application materials for FY22 are scheduled for release in December 2020.

Purpose Icon
To ensure that S.C.'s living traditions remain vibrant and visible parts of community life

Who's Eligible Icon
Who's Eligible
Non-profit organizations and units of government

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Up to $6,000

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Grant Period

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Matching Requirement
1:1 (grantee:SCAC)

About This Grant

Traditional arts are expressions of shared identity that are learned as a part of the cultural life of a particular group. This shared identity may be rooted in family, geographic, tribal, occupational, religious or ethnic connections, among others. As expressions of a living culture, traditional arts have been handed down from one generation to the next and reflect the shared experience, aesthetics and values of a group.

The purpose of the Folklife & Traditional Arts (FLK) grant program is to ensure that South Carolina’s living traditions remain vibrant and visible parts of community life. The FLK grant supports non-profit organizations and units of governments that seek to promote and preserve the traditional arts practiced across the state.

  1. Applicants must be either
    • A nonprofit organization
      • currently registered with the S.C. Secretary of State’s Office
      • reflecting S.C. as the primary address on all current official organizational documents
      • with federal tax exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service
        applying through a tax exempt Fiscal Agent/Receiver organization


    • A unit of government
  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.

    • If a grantee is using a fiscal agent/receiver, separate DUNS numbers must be provided for both the applicant organization and the fiscal agent/receiver.

  • Organizations may only submit one FLK project application per fiscal year.
  • Applicants who have received funding for the past two consecutive fiscal years will not be a funding priority.

The FLK grant funds projects that may include (but are not limited to):

  • Presentation of Traditional Artists through workshops, concerts, festivals, exhibitions, radio programs, recordings, etc.
  • Documentation of Traditional Arts and/or Folklife of South Carolina (Note: Such a project must result in some form of public presentation, whether through programming or access to archived materials.)
  • Cultural Survey: Fieldwork done to identify traditions and traditional artists
  • Production, Documentation and/or Distribution of a traditional artist’s work (for example, the production of publicity materials)
  • Acquisition of difficult-to-obtain materials or equipment needed to create traditional art
  • Conservation: Projects, such as apprenticeships, that serve to keep a traditional art form vibrant and visible

The FLK grant does not fund:

  • Modern interpretations of traditional art
  • Revivals of traditions that have ceased to exist within the originating culture
  • General oral history projects
  • Projects that are limited to an historical focus
  • Projects that present historical re-creations of past lifestyles
March 16

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

July 1 – June 30


Up to $6,000

Matching Requirements

1:1 (grantee:SCAC)

At least 50% of the grantee’s match must be cash.

How to Apply

FLK applications are accepted through Submittable.

Please note:
  1. Before applying for a Folklife & Traditional Arts (FLK) grant, you are strongly advised to discuss your project with the program director, to determine if your project meets the guidelines.
  2. You are welcome to request a review of your draft application for feedback, up to two weeks before the application deadline.
  • Contact: Laura Marcus Green, Ph.D. (803.734.8764 |, Program Specialist for Community Arts & Folklife

As part of your application, you will upload samples of work by the traditional artists involved in the project for which you are applying. We strongly encourage you to prepare these work samples before you visit the Submittable website and begin your application. You may need to create new electronic files (documents, video files, etc.) to submit work samples that meet the length, content, and formatting requirements.


Work samples should

  • demonstrate artistic quality, cultural relevance, and/or technical ability as appropriate to your project, and
  • best represent the type of work that will be done related to your project.

For each work sample, you will be asked to provide:

  • Name of artist(s) or key individuals involved
  • Title of work/image/activity
  • Date of work/image/activity (Note: all work samples should be less than five years old.)
  • Location (if known)
  • A sentence describing the work and its relationship to the project for which you are requesting support
  • For audio and video, the length of the sample
Type, Duration, & Quantity

You may upload a maximum of 10 items.

Panelists will review no more than 20 minutes, total, of audio and/or video work.

Within that limit, you may upload no more than the listed maximum of each type of item:

  • Video: 2 samples
    • Maximum length of each sample: 3 minutes
    • Accepted file types: flv, mov, mp4, mpg, wmv, webm
  • Audio: 3 samples
    • Maximum length of each sample: 3 minutes
    • Accepted file types: mp3, wav
  • Images: 10
    • Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, tiff, svg, PDF with images
  • Documents: 3
    • Accepted file types: PDF, Docx, RTF, Doc, Txt
  • Websites: 3
    • Links to websites where work samples can be viewed are also permitted, including social media sites or YouTube videos. Create and upload a PDF file with the URL(s) (up to 3) of your work sample(s).

      • Be sure the work sample(s) can be accessed without login credentials for that platform (e.g., If you link to a Facebook video, make sure it’s a public link, as panelists may not have a Facebook account.)
  1. Follow the “Apply” link below. Submittable will open in a new browser tab or window.
  2. Select “Folklife & Traditional Arts Grants for Organizations.”
  3. Sign in or create your Submittable account.
  4. Complete and submit your application.

Once you begin your application, you may access it at any time by logging in to your Submittable account. If you have started your application but are not yet ready to submit, be sure to click “save draft” before closing your browser or logging out of Submittable.

After You Apply

Grants Office staff will review applications for completeness of submission and compliance with guideline and application requirements.

Applications will then be evaluated by a review panel – composed of professionals representing the field of folk and traditional arts – based on the published criteria.

Funding recommendations will be determined by panel consensus, then presented to the Board of Commissioners, which makes final award decisions.

An applicant’s numerical rating and panel comments are available to them upon request.

Artistry Review Criteria – 50% of Total Score

The project involves traditional artists whose primary work is of high quality according to standards determined by the cultural community.

  • The artists involved are traditional artists.
  • The artists’ work is of high quality, as demonstrated by work samples.
  • There is evidence that the artists involved are recognized as capable practitioners of their art forms within the identified community(s) or group(s).
Impact Review Criteria – 30% of Total Score

The project has the potential to raise the visibility of and appreciation for the art form within the identified community and/or build bridges between the identified community and other groups by raising awareness about the art form.

The applicant demonstrates a commitment to folklife and traditional arts documentation and/or activities through consistent past programming or plans for future projects.

  • The project involves and impacts members of the identified community as well as other audiences.
  • The project is appropriate for the identified audience.
  • There is a demonstrated need for the project.
  • The project has the potential to promote a broader understanding of traditional arts by presenting them in context and/or with quality interpretive material.
Project Management Review Criteria – 20% of Total Score

The applicant presents a project that is manageable and achievable within the scope of the activities of the applicant organization.

  • The project involves personnel with knowledge of folklife documentation and/or traditional arts programming methods.
  • The proposed project activities are appropriate and feasible.
  • The proposed budget is appropriate and feasible.
  • The methods used to evaluate the outcomes of the project are appropriate and effective.

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

Payment will be on a reimbursement basis only. If the applicant is using a fiscal agent/receiver, payment will be made to the fiscal agent/receiver, with the applicant listed on the check as the benefiting organization.

An accurate Pay Request, listing only expenses allowable under the program guidelines for the certified time period, must be submitted in order to receive payment for the grant award.

Grantees may request a maximum of two interim payments, totaling no more than 80% of the grant award. Final grant payment will be released upon receipt and approval of the grantee’s Final Report.

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 on your 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 Laura Marcus Green, Ph.D. (803.734.8764 |, Program Specialist for Community Arts & Folklife. If you have submitted an application, and/or you have a current grant, please contact the Grants Office ( | 803.734.8695).