South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts Commission

Teacher Standards Implementation (TSI) Grants

Grant Information

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Application Deadline

We have suspended taking applications for this program until the FY2021 state budget is finalized in Fall 2020.

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To help arts teachers acquire the supplies, materials, professional development, or other tools/expertise needed to meet S.C. arts education standards

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Who's Eligible
Most public, private, and charter schools in S.C.

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Up to $750

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Grant Period
This grant category is temporarily suspended.

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Matching Requirement
1:2 (grantee:SCAC); no match required for public schools that qualify for Title 1 funding

About This Grant


The purpose of the Teacher Standards Implementation (TSI) grant is to support arts teachers in the implementation of the 2017 College and Career Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency. This may include acquiring supplies, materials, professional development, or other tools/expertise needed in arts classrooms.

  1. The applicant must be a 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, contact Deputy Director Ashley Brown at
ABC Sites

ABC Schools are not eligible to apply. However, schools within an ABC District are eligible.

Multiple Projects or Schools
  • A school may not receive funding for the same purchase or project twice, so you are encouraged to be strategic in your ask.
  • More than one arts teacher from a school may apply but a school may receive no more than two TSI awards per fiscal year.
  • If a teacher teaches at multiple schools, they may not apply for a multi-school grant. Instead, the teacher should choose which school will apply for the grant. A teacher who teaches at multiple schools may apply for separate grants for each school.
    • For example, if you teach art at Main Street Elementary and Arts Drive Elementary, you may apply for a grant to fund printmaking at Main Street Elementary and a separate grant to fund printmaking at Arts Drive Elementary.

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

TSI funds may be used to pay for the following:

  • Consumable and non-consumable resources
  • Professional development
  • Membership to state or national arts education associations
  • Conference, travel, and hotel fees for state or national conferences (travel and hotel must follow the SC state travel guidelines and rates)
  • Artists in residence (Please note: the artist in residence must spend peer-to-peer time with the arts teacher to ensure growth in the teacher’s skill level and ability to teach the skill in future years.)

Priority may be given to:

  • Schools that have not received TSI funding in the past
  • 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

We have suspended taking applications for this program until the FY2021 state budget is finalized in Fall 2020.

At least six weeks before the project begins

Applications must be submitted at least six weeks before the project begins or the supply is purchased.

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 September 1, 2019 and May 15, 2020.


Up to $750.

Matching Requirements

1:2 (grantee:SCAC)

A 1:2 match means that for each dollar granted, the grantee must match with $0.50 of their own funds.

  • For example, if the total project cost is $1,125, the applicant may request $750 and must provide the remaining $375 from other sources.

Exception: If an applicant school qualifies to receive Title 1 funding, no match is required.

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 TSI 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.
  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 TSI (Teacher Standards Implementation)” 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 review of applications focuses on eligibility, accuracy and detail of budget, inclusion of a well-written narrative, compliance with grant requirements, and confirmation of required support materials. S.C. Arts Commission staff will review and rate grant applications on the basis of specific criteria (as listed in the “Review Process” section) and priority areas (as listed in the “Priority” section) in the guidelines. Final funding decisions are approved by the Executive Director.

Review Indicators

Artistic and Educational Value

  • Arts based
  • Meaningfully and specifically addresses one or more of the 2017 College and Career Ready Standards for Visual and Performing Arts Proficiency.
  • Uses appropriate and reasonable methods, activities, and products to implement the standards
  • Addresses a need currently not being met
  • Positively impacts South Carolina students
  • If the grant is funding an artist-in-residence, meaningful professional development will take place within the residency, positively impacting he applicant teacher’s skills or knowledge in future years

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

TSI 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.

Please note that the S.C. Arts Commission does not pay artists directly. The grantee (school) must pay an artist in full upon the conclusion of any residency.

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.


If you are seeking advisement before submitting an application, please contact Deputy Director Ashley Brown at If you have submitted an application, and/or you have a current grant, please contact the Grants Office ( | 803.734.8695).