South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts Commission

School Arts Materials (SAM) Grants

Grant Information

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Application Deadline

This application deadline has passed.

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To help arts teachers acquire the materials, supplies, and equipment needed to provide quality arts education

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Who's Eligible
Most public, private, and charter schools in South Carolina

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$750 to $7,500

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Grant Period
January 2-May 1, 2020

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Matching Requirement
1:3 (grantee:SCAC); no match required for public schools that qualify for Title 1 funding

About This Grant


The purpose of the School Arts Materials (SAM) Grants is to help arts teachers acquire the materials, supplies, and equipment needed to provide quality arts education.

  1. The applicant must be a K-12 public, private, or charter school in South Carolina.
    • Private schools must be registered as a charitable organization within the SC Secretary of State’s Office, in accordance with the SC Solicitation of Charitable Funds Act.
  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 SC Arts Commission grant award. Individual public schools may use their school district's DUNS number and do not need to register separately.
  3. An arts teacher should be listed as the contact person (arts areas include: dance, design, music, media arts, theatre, or visual art). If a school wishes to apply and does not have an arts teacher, please contact the Grants Office ( | 803.734.8695).
  • A school may only apply for one SAM grant, but each grant may fund multiple arts areas.
  • If an arts teacher teaches at multiple schools, they may not apply for a multi-school grant. Instead, each school should apply for the grant separately.
    • For example, if you teach art at Main Street Elementary and Arts Drive Elementary, you may apply for a grant to fund a kiln at Main Street Elementary and a separate grant to fund a kiln at Arts Drive Elementary.
  • The SAM grant may not be used to fund arts supplies and materials for non-arts teachers.
  • Schools receiving ABC Advancement Grant funding are eligible to apply for this grant.

The S.C. Arts Commission recognizes that arts teachers have varied backgrounds and resources upon which to pull. SAM grants invite arts teachers to identify lacking resources in their classroom and use grant funds to acquire what is lacking.

SAM funds can be used for consumable and non-consumable:

  • Supplies and materials (including, but not limited to, sheet music, art supplies, scripts, costumes, supplemental books, etc.)
  • Equipment (including, but not limited to, kilns, lighting or sound equipment, choral risers, sprung dance floors, stage curtains, storage, etc.)
  • Furniture (including, but not limited to, easels, music stands, tables, chairs, etc.)
  • Instruments (must remain property of the school – cannot be gifted to students)
  • Technology (including, but not limited to, computers or tablets, software, smart boards, etc.) and non-curricula subscription services (including, but not limited to, cloud-based design software), streaming music services, etc.)
  • Rights and royalties to music, scripts, etc.
  • Labor for instillation

SAM funds cannot be used for:

  • Textbooks or digital curricula
  • Non-arts classroom supplies, materials, or equipment (including art supplies for non-arts teachers)
  • Facility structural changes (including, but not limited to, walkways, signage, etc.) unless the change is being made to strengthen ADA accessibility for an arts classroom or facility
  • Artist residencies or guest artists
  • Performances, lectures, etc.

If, based on the lists above, you are uncertain if a purchase would qualify for the School Arts Materials grant, please contact the Grants Office ( | 803.734.8695).

Priority may be given to:

  • Public schools that qualify for Title 1 funding
  • Schools in S.C. Arts Commission FY20 Opportunity Initiative Counties:
    • Allendale
    • Calhoun
    • Cherokee
    • Dillon
    • Edgefield
    • Lee
    • Marion
    • Marlboro
    • Newberry
    • Saluda
  • Schools in the federally designated Promise Zone counties:
    • Allendale
    • Bamberg
    • Barnwell
    • Colleton
    • Hampton
    • Jasper
February 14, 2020

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 the Arts Commission closes at 5:00 p.m. that day.

Grant Period

All projects must be implemented and completed between January 2, 2020 and May 1, 2020.


$750 (minimum request) to $7,500 (maximum request)

Matching Requirements

1:3 (grantee:SCAC)

A 1:3 match means that for each $1 granted, the grantee must match with $0.33 of their own funds.

  • For example, if the total project cost is $10,000, the applicant may request $7,500 and must provide the remaining $2,500 from other sources.

Exception: No match required for public schools that qualify for Title 1 funding.

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

How to Apply

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

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

Helpful Hint: The primary contact person for this grant should be the arts teacher who will administer the grant activities. To ensure the correct person is listed as the primary contact for your application, that person should be the one to log on and click the “Apply” button to start the application. The primary contact person for this grant should be the person who will:

  1. edit and submit the grant application;
  2. manage this grant’s activities, and
  3. receive and respond to communications from the Arts Commission about this grant.

The SAM application will be available starting January 2, 2020. At that time, applicants may:

  1. Follow 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 “FY20 School Arts Materials (SAM)” 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

Grants Office staff will review applications for completeness of submission and compliance with guideline and application requirements.

S.C. Arts Commission staff will then evaluate applications on the basis of the published Review Criteria and Priority areas.

Final funding decisions are approved by the Executive Director.

Review Criteria

If your application is funded, you (and your fiscal agent/receiver, if applicable) will enter into a contractual agreement with the SC 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 the SC Arts Commission.

Additional details about managing an SCAC grant are available on our agency website.

Grant Payments

SAM grant payments are reimbursement-based and will be disbursed upon receipt and approval of your final report. This means any expenses must be financed up front by the school, district, or cooperating entity (such as PTA). Payment will be made to the school district, with the school listed on the check as the benefiting organization.

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 SC Arts Commission will not fund applicants who have outstanding Final Reports.


Please contact the Grants Office ( | 803.734.8695).