Festivals Program Grants

Grant Information

To support community-based festivals in S.C. that increase public engagement and participation in arts and culture

Who's Eligible
Most S.C. nonprofit organizations (arts & non-arts) and units of government. Colleges and universities are ineligible to apply.

Up to $7,500

Matching Requirement
1:1 (grantee:SCAC)

About This Grant


To provide support for a broad range of arts activities at festivals* that take place in—and have an impact on—S.C. communities, increasing opportunities for public engagement and participation in arts and culture.

*A festival is a day or period of celebration or gathering of people that:

  • Happens in a condensed period of time (i.e. an annual celebration or anniversary or an organized series of concerts, plays, movies, or performances held in the same place).
  • Has an easily identifiable or unifying theme or specified focus.

Please Note

Grant guidelines are subject to change until the application opens.

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.

After You Apply

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  • If you are seeking advisement before submitting an application, please contact Arts Industry Director La Ruchala Murphy (803.734.8762 | lmurphy@arts.sc.gov).
  • If you have submitted an application, and/or you have a current grant, please contact the Grants Team (803.734.8695 | grants@arts.sc.gov).


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