South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts Commission

Folklife & Traditional Arts Grants

Grant Information

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Application Deadline

The application deadline for FY22 funding has passed. Information about FY23 funding is scheduled for release in late 2021/early 2022.

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

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Who's Eligible
Nonprofit organizations, colleges & universities, and units of government

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Up to $6,000

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Grant Period
July 2021-June 2022

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

  1. Applicants must be either
    • A unit of state or local government; OR
    • A college or university; OR
    • 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.
  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.

  • Applicants may only submit one Folklife & Traditional Arts project application per fiscal year.
  • College and university departments are eligible, but only one application per department will be accepted.

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

Applicants who have received funding for the past two consecutive fiscal years will not be a funding priority.

The Folklife & Traditional Arts 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 Folklife & Traditional Arts 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 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 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022


Up to $6,000

Matching Requirements

1:1 (grantee:SCAC)

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

Funds from another SCAC grant may not be used as matching funds.

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.

Please note:

  1. Before applying for a Folklife & Traditional Arts 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 submit 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 grants portal 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;
  • best represent the type of work that will be done related to your proposed project; and
  • be current (less than five years old).

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
  • Location (if known)
  • For audio and video, the length of the sample
  • A sentence describing the work and its relationship to the project for which you are requesting support
Type, Duration, & Quantity

You may submit a maximum of 10 items. For each item, you may either

  • Upload one of the accepted file types, or
  • Provide a URL/ link to a website (including social media sites or YouTube videos) where the work sample can be viewed.
    • Be sure the work sample(s) can be accessed without login credentials for that platform. Do not include social media or websites for which a password is required (e.g., If you link to a Facebook video, make sure it’s a public link, as panelists may not have a Facebook account.).

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

Within those limits, you may submit 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
    • Provide the URL(s) (up to 3) of your work sample(s).

If you are uncertain what to submit, visit our Support Materials web page, and/or contact the program director for advisement.

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.
  1. Follow the “Apply” link below. The grants portal will open in a new browser tab or window.
  2. Log on, then click the “Apply” link at the top of your Applicant Dashboard.
  3. Find “Folklife & Traditional Arts” in the list of available grant applications, and click the “Apply” button to the far right.

Not quite ready to apply? You can preview the application before you create an account or start your application.

After You Apply

The Grants Team will review submitted applications for completeness and compliance with guideline and application requirements. A review panel of professionals representing the field of folk and traditional arts 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.

Review Criteria

Artistry (50%)

  • The artists involved in the project are traditional artists.
  • The artist(s)’ work is of high quality, as demonstrated by the work samples.
  • There is evidence that the artists involved are recognized as capable practitioners of their art forms within the identified community/folk group.

Impact (30%)

  • 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.
  • The methods used to evaluate the outcomes of the project are appropriate and effective.

Project Management (20%)

  • 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.

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.

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 in the grant 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 Team ( | 803.734.8695).
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