Summer Arts Education Project Grants
This application deadline has passed.
To support arts education programs for K-12 students between school years, through both traditional and non-traditional providers
Most S.C. nonprofit organizations (arts & non-arts), colleges and universities, and units of government
Up to $50,000 ($25,000 per summer)
Summer 2022 & Summer 2023
About This Grant
The purpose of the Summer Arts Education Project Grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) is to support quality arts education programs for K-12 students between school years, through both traditional providers (arts organizations) and other organizations (e.g., social service, health, community, education) that utilize the arts to meet the educational, developmental, and social needs of K-12 students. This two-year grant supports projects occurring during the summers of 2022 and 2023.
- Expand student access to arts education opportunities; and
- Complement, augment, or advance standards-based arts instruction or arts integration activities delivered to students during the course of the school day curriculum; and
- Be focused on or include significant components delivering quality instruction and/or experiences in the visual arts, performing arts, media arts, design arts, folk and traditional arts, or creative writing; and
- Address South Carolina’s 2017 College and Career Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency.
- The applicant must be
- A college or university; OR
- A unit of state or local government; OR
- A nonprofit community-based organization (arts or non-arts)
- currently registered with the S.C. Secretary of State’s Office
Note: Applicants who are exempt from this registration must upload their registration exemption approval.
- 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
Note: Applicants who are applying through a fiscal agent/receiver must submit a letter outlining the working relationship and responsibilities of both parties.
- currently registered with the S.C. Secretary of State’s Office
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.
- Applicants may submit only one application per deadline.
- College and university departments are eligible, but only one application per department will be accepted.
- Schools and school districts are not eligible.
- Individual artists are not eligible.
- Eligible project disciplines are visual arts, performing arts, media arts, design arts, folk and traditional arts, and creative writing.
- Any arts material or activity that is already funded by an Arts Education Project Grant may not be duplicated in, or overlap with, a Summer Arts Education Project grant application. Only expenses that are not already covered by an Arts Education Project award are eligible for funding.
Examples of eligible activities include, but are not limited to:
- Artist residencies
- Public art projects
- Acquisition of critical equipment or supplies
- Program planning
- Professional development for instructors, artists, and/or administrators
This funding category is highly competitive.
Priority will be given to projects or programs which:
- Include partnerships between organizations, schools, and/or other entities to meet K-12 educational goals through the arts;
- Serve specific student populations, including those living in rural or high-poverty areas;
- Serve students in, and/or are located in, Opportunity Initiative counties targeted for special attention by SCAC; and/or
- Address learning loss that has occurred as a result of COVID-19.
See the Review Process & Criteria section of these guidelines for details.
January 4, 2022
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 p.m. that day.
June 1, 2022-August 15, 2023 *
* All projects must be implemented during the summer months of 2022 and 2023 (June 1-August 15, 2022 and June 1-August 15, 2023). If your proposed project is scheduled to extend beyond these dates, please contact the Grants Team (email@example.com | 803.734.8695) before applying.
Up to $50,000 ($25,000 per summer)
At least 50% of the applicant’s match must be cash.
Funds from another SCAC grant may not be used as matching funds.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted through our grants portal, which uses the Foundant platform. For frequently asked questions, registration instructions, and other helpful information, we highly recommend visiting the Grants Portal FAQ, before you begin working in the system.
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.
The applicant must have an active account in our grants portal.
- If you have previously used Submittable to apply for other SCAC grants or programs, please note that the grants portal is a different system. Your Submittable credentials will not work; you will need a grants portal account to apply for this grant.
- If you have used the grants portal as both an artist and as a contact for a school or organization, be sure you log on with the correct account to apply for this grant.
- Click the “Apply” link below. The grants portal will open in a new browser tab or window.
- Log on, then click the “Apply” link at the top of your Applicant Dashboard.
- Find “Summer Arts Education Projects” in the list of available grant applications, and click the “Apply” button to the far right.
- Note: Be sure you are applying for “Summer Arts Education Projects,” not “Arts Education Projects” without the “Summer” designation.
Not quite ready to apply? You can preview the application before you create an account or start an application.
After You Apply
The Grants Team will review submitted applications for completeness and compliance with guideline and application requirements. A review panel of arts professionals will evaluate the applications based on the published Review Criteria. An applicant’s numerical rating and panel comments are available to them upon request. Staff will then develop funding recommendations, based on these evaluations and the availability of funds. Recommendations will be presented to the Board of Commissioners, which makes final award decisions. Award notification is expected after the February 2022 board meeting, pending completion of the state budget process.
Expanding access to arts education (35%)
- Demonstrated need for the project or program (10%)
- Educational goals are clearly stated (5%)
- Activities support the educational goals (5%)
- Activities directly engage students in the production of artworks or the use of arts-based learning strategies (5%)
- Activities address South Carolina’s 2017 College and Career Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency in a meaningful and reasonable way (5%)
- Plan includes appropriate methods of measuring success of activities (5%)
Organizational capacity (35%)
- The organization’s mission makes it an appropriate entity to implement the proposal. (5%)
- The organization demonstrates a clear commitment to artistic quality and identifies effective measures to ensure that commitment is met. (10%)
- Project timeline is present and feasible. (5%)
- The proposed budget demonstrates a balanced and realistic estimate of project expenses and sources of income to support the project. (5%)
- Personnel (10%)
- There is evidence of the existence of adequate leadership.
- Personnel are qualified to deliver the programs and lead the project.
Populations Served (5%)
- Applicant demonstrates an understanding of which and how many students will benefit from the proposed activities, and any special characteristics or needs to be addressed.
- Distinct group populations (5%)
Proposed activities specifically serve students
- in rural areas or urban clusters (as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as territory w/less than 2,500 people) OR
- in high-poverty areas (20% or more of population served live below the poverty line) OR
- with disabilities OR
- in institutions (including hospitals, hospices, assisted living facilities, correctional facilities, and homeless shelters) OR
- living on a military base OR
- with limited English proficiency.
- Opportunity Initiative Counties
The following counties have been targeted for special attention by SCAC:
- Proposed activities specifically serve students in one or more Opportunity Initiative counties. (6%)
- The applicant organization is located in an Opportunity Initiative county. (4%)
- Partnerships (5%)
- Proposal represents partnerships between organizations, schools, and/or other entities to meet K-12 educational goals through the arts.
- Partners and their roles are identified and appropriate for the scope of the project.
- Letters of support from partners are present and there is evidence of a good partnership.
- Proposed activities clearly and appropriately measure and address learning loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. (5%)
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.
|Update (3/1/22): The payment structure for this grant has been adjusted to comply with reporting requirements. Grantees will receive details in their grant contracts.|
If you are using a Fiscal Agent/Receiver, grant funds will be released to your Fiscal Receiver, who will then pay you.
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 contact Kimberly Washburn Motte (803.734.8694 | firstname.lastname@example.org), Arts Learning Director.
- If you have submitted an application, and/or you have a current grant, please contact the Grants Team (803.734.8695 | email@example.com).
We also highly recommend a visit to our Grants Coaching webpage, for
- New Grant Requirement: Moving from DUNS number to Unique Entity ID (UEI)
- open coaching calls for artists,
- category-specific information for grant applicants,
- monthly topic sessions, and
- opportunities for one-on-one assistance.
Missed a group call or session? Look for the “Video” link to access a recording of that presentation.