Folklife & Traditional Arts Project Grants

Grant Information

To ensure that South Carolina's diverse living traditions remain vibrant and visible parts of community life

Who's Eligible
Most S.C. nonprofit organizations, colleges & universities, and units of government

Up to $6,000

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. Traditional arts are dynamic, reflecting change and individual innovation over generations of practitioners.

This grant ensures that South Carolina’s many living traditions remain vibrant, visible parts of community life and supports nonprofit organizations and units of government that seek to promote and sustain the traditional arts practiced across the state. South Carolina’s cultural landscape encompasses diverse artistic traditions and practitioners, including indigenous, and longstanding, and more recently arrived art forms and communities.

Please Note

Grant guidelines are subject to change until the application opens.

Applicant Coaching

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.

Please note:

  1. Before applying for a Folklife & Traditional Arts Project Grant, you are strongly advised to discuss your project with the program director, to determine if your project meets the guidelines.
  2. You may request a review of your draft application up to two (2) weeks before the application deadline for feedback. Contact Folklife and Traditional Arts Director Laura Marcus Green, Ph.D. (803.734.8764 |
Not quite ready to apply? You can preview the application before you create an account or start an application.

After You Apply

I’m Here to Help!

  • If you are seeking advisement, please contact Folklife and Traditional Arts Director Laura Marcus Green, Ph.D. (803.734.8764 | submitting an application.
  • If you have submitted an application, and/or you have a current grant, please contact the Grants Team (803.734.8695 |

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