South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts Commission

Folklife & Traditional Arts (FLK) Grants

Grant Information

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Application Deadline

The guidelines and application for the March 2020 deadline will be available in mid-December 2019.

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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 (applicant:SCAC)

The following information is for reference only.

The guidelines and application for the next round of funding will be available in mid-December 2019 for the upcoming March 16 deadline.

Please note: You are strongly advised to discuss your project with the Program Director before applying in this category.

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, ethnic or other connections. 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 is to ensure that South Carolina’s living traditions remain vibrant and visible parts of community life. To this end, we fund projects that may include the following:

  • Presentation of Traditional Artists through workshops, concerts, festivals, exhibitions, radio programs, recordings, etc.
  • Documentation of Traditional Arts and/or Folklife of S.C. – Please note that such a project must result in some form of public presentation
  • 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 supports non-profit organizations that seek to promote and preserve the traditional arts practiced across the state. Priority for funding is given to projects that provide recognition and support for South Carolina’s traditional art forms and their practitioners.

  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 S.C. Arts Commission 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.

  • Applicants who have received funding for the past two consecutive years will not be a funding priority.
  • Organizations may only submit one project application per fiscal year.
  • The following are not funded through this program:
    • Interpretations of traditional art forms (i.e. artistic expressions other than the actual art forms themselves)
    • 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 recreations of past lifestyles
March 16

Applications may be submitted until 11:59pm (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 the Arts Commission 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.

It is strongly recommended that you consider the Review Criteria (below) in determining what to include in your application.

Do not assume that the panelists know anything about you, your organization or your project.

Write clearly and concisely. Creative writing is appreciated, but it is not a good substitute for a logical and honest presentation.

  1. Follow the “Apply” link below. Submittable will open in a new browser tab or window.
  2. Select “FY2020 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 with your user name and password. Be sure to click “save draft” before closing your screen, if you have not yet submitted your application.

After You Apply

The initial staff review of applications focuses on eligibility, accuracy and detail of budget, clarity of narrative, completeness of online application, compliance with grant requirements, and upload of support materials. A panel composed of professionals representing the field of folk and traditional arts will evaluate the applications on the basis of the specific criteria listed in the guidelines. Funding recommendations will be made by the panel. Final funding decisions are made by the Board of Commissioners.

Artistry Review Criteria – 50%
  • The artists involved are traditional artists, according to the criteria listed above.
  • The artists’ work is of high quality, as demonstrated by support materials, in keeping with their community’s aesthetic and cultural standards.
  • There is evidence that the artists involved are recognized as capable practitioners of their art forms within the identified community (ies) or group (s).
Impact Review Criteria – 30%
  • 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 programming through consistent past programming or plans for future projects.
Project Management Review Criteria – 20%
  • The application 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

If your application is approved, you will receive notification and your contract will be made available. You must submit your signed contract by the stated date. You must also complete a Final Report by the date stated. You will be expected to contact Program Director Laura Marcus Green (803-734-8764) if for any reason your project will undergo significant revisions.

Grant Payments

Payment will be on an expense reimbursement basis only. Grantees may submit a maximum of two interim payment requests, 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 printed 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. The S.C. Arts Commission 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). If you have submitted an application, and/or you have a current grant, please contact the Grants Office ( | 803.734.8695).