South Carolina Arts Commission

Folklife & Traditional Arts Project Grants

Grant Information

Application Deadline

The application deadline for FY23 funding has passed.

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

Grant Period
July 1, 2022-May 15, 2023

Matching Requirement
1:1 (grantee:SCAC)

FY23 Folklife & Traditional Arts Applicant Coaching Call

UPDATE: Due to internal advisement limitations, the FY23 Folklife & Traditional Arts Applicant Coaching Call originally scheduled for January 20 is unable to occur.

For your reference, the recording of our FY22 Folklife & Traditional Arts Applicant Coaching Call may assist with questions about application content and project types for our Folklife & Traditional Arts grant categories. Please note that the deadlines and other dates stated in this recording reference the previous application cycle. The following deadlines are for our current round of applications for FY23:

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.

The purpose of the Folklife & Traditional Arts Project Grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) is to ensure that South Carolina’s diverse living traditions remain vibrant and visible parts of community life. This grant supports nonprofit organizations and units of governments 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 art forms and communities, as well as those that are more recently arrived.

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: 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 Project 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: 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

  • If you are seeking advisement before submitting an application, please contact Folklife and Traditional Arts Director Laura Marcus Green, Ph.D. (803.734.8764 |
  • 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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