South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts Commission

Presenting and Performing Arts Initiative (PPA) Grants

Grant Information

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Application Deadline

This program has been suspended for FY2021 (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021).

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To support the presentation of South Carolina-based touring performing artists

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Who's Eligible
Non-profit organizations (arts or non-arts), units of government, and colleges and universities

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Up to $2,000

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Grant Period

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Matching Requirement
1:1 (applicant:SCAC)

About This Grant


The Presenting and Performing Arts (PPA) Initiative Grant supports the presentation (live performance) of South Carolina-based performing artists throughout the state.

For the purposes of this grant,

  • “performing arts” are defined as dance, music, and theatre
  • “performing artists” includes performing artists, ensembles, and performing arts organizations; and may also be referred to as “producing organizations”
  • “presenters” includes presenters and presenting organizations

This program promotes artistic collaboration between S.C. performing artists and S.C. presenters to support these objectives:

  1. S.C. citizens and visitors benefit from diverse opportunities for relevant, rewarding arts experiences, and
  2. S.C.’s professional artists are able to produce exceptional art and build satisfying, sustainable careers.

Applicants are encouraged to seek partnerships and sponsorships beyond this grant in order to assure sustainability in future years.

Grants are made to the organization hosting or presenting the performance (the “presenter”), rather than to the performing artist (a.k.a. the “producing organization”).

  1. The applicant must be
    • A unit of government, OR
    • A college or university, OR
    • A nonprofit organization (arts or non-arts)
      • 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
  1. 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.


    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.

Note: Priority may be given to applicants and projects that have not received funding in the past.

  • A presenter may only receive one PPA grant award per fiscal year.
  • Projects involving K-12 schools and school districts are not eligible.
  • The grant-funded project must meet the requirements listed in the “Use of Funds” section of these guidelines.
  • Grantees included in this program may not apply for Arts Project Support (APS) Grant funding for the same project.

Funds may only be used for:

  • Fees for performing artists based within South Carolina but at least 50 miles outside of the presenter’s home community;
  • Programs and events in which the contracted S.C.-based performing artist is the primary focus.
  • Programs or events which are open to the public;
  • Costs associated with travel for contracted S.C.-based performing artists;
  • Costs associated with marketing of the performance, but not to exceed 15% of performance fees;

Funds may not be used for:

  • Fees for performing artists based within 50 miles of the presenter’s home community;
  • Fees for performing artists based outside of South Carolina;
  • Programs or events in which the contracted S.C.-based performing artist is not the primary focus (e.g., sidewalk sales, festivals, home engagements, etc.);
  • Programs or events which are not open to the public;
  • Costs associated with production-related technology or equipment needed for the grant-supported project;
  • Costs associated with performance operations (e.g., security, box office, hospitality, janitorial, etc.);
  • Programs or events outside of South Carolina;
  • Programs or events that are related to degree completion;
  • Any other purpose not specified in the “Funds may only be used for” section.

This program has been suspended for FY2021 (July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021).

At least six weeks before the project begins

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 5:00 p.m. that day.

Grant Period

All performances must take place in South Carolina between July 1 and June 1.

All projects must be completed by June 1.  If your proposed project is scheduled to end after June 1, please contact the Grants Team ( | 803.734.8695) before applying.


Up to $2,000 per award; or no more than 50% of the artist(s) fees plus travel costs related to the performance.

Matching Requirements

1:1 (applicant: S.C. Arts Commission)

All of the applicant’s match must be cash. No in-kind expenses are allowed.

Funds from another SC Arts Commission grant may not be used as matching funds.

How to Apply

Before applying, you are strongly advised to contact the Grants Team( | 803.734.8695) to determine whether your project meets the guidelines.

PPA grants are managed in our online grants management system, from application, to approval and contracts, through payments and final reports.

Our online grants are managed using the Foundant platform. For frequently asked questions, registration instructions, and other helpful information, we highly recommend you visit the Foundant FAQbefore you begin working in the system.

To apply for a PPA grant, the applicant must have an active account in our online grants management system.

  1. Click the “Apply” link below. The online grants management system 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 “Presenting and Performing Arts (PPA) Initiative Grants” 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 an application.

After You Apply

The initial staff review of applications focuses on eligibility, accuracy and detail of budget, inclusion of a well-written narrative, completeness of submission, compliance with grant requirements, and confirmation of required support materials. (Please be aware that evaluators may also visit your website.) S.C. Arts Commission staff will evaluate grant applications, and final funding decisions are approved by the Executive Director.

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 and will be released upon receipt and approval of a 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 visit our Staff page for the appropriate program contact. If you have submitted an application, and/or you have a current grant, please contact the Grants Team ( | 803.734.8695).