South Carolina Arts Commission

South Carolina Arts Commission

FY19 Teacher Standards Implementation (TSI) Grants

Grant Information

Application Deadline

At least six weeks before the project begins

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

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

Up to $750

Grant Period

Matching Requirement
1:2 (grantee:SCAC), with no match for Title I Schools

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 S.C. Arts Commission grant award. Individual public schools may use their school district's DUNS number and do not need to register separately.
  3. The arts teacher should be listed as the contact person (arts areas include: creative writing, dance, design, music, media arts, theatre, or visual art). If a school wishes to apply and does not have an arts teacher, contact Arts Education Director Ashley Brown at 803-734-8630 or
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.
  • Federally designated Title 1 Schools.
  • Schools in S.C. Arts Commission FY19 Opportunity Initiative Counties:
    • Allendale
    • Bamberg
    • Calhoun
    • Clarendon
    • Dillon
    • Edgefield
    • Hampton
    • Jasper
    • Lee
    • Marion
    • McCormick
    • Newberry
    • Saluda
    • Union

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 11:59pm (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 August 14, 2018 and June 1, 2019.

FY20 Projects

The guidelines and application materials for FY20 projects (taking place between July 1, 2019 and July 1, 2020) are scheduled to be released in early April, 2019.


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 is a federally-designated Title 1 School, no match is required.

How to Apply


TSI grants are managed in our online grants management system 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, you will:

  1. Create an online grants management account for your school, if you have not already done so.Not sure if you have an account? Try logging on, using the “Forgot your password?” feature if needed.If you don’t have an account:


    • In the first registration section, labeled Applicant Information, provide your school’s information (name, address, phone, etc.), not your personal information.
    • In the next registration section, labeled User Information, provide your work contact information (school address, email, etc.), not your home or personal information.

    We strongly encourage you to view the Registration Tutorial(PDF) before attempting to create an account.

    Helpful Hint:

    Your email address becomes your username, so each user account must have a unique email address. If you need to use the same email address to manage grants for more than one organization, we suggest:

    1. Set up an email account for each of the organizations on whose behalf you’ll be applying. This may be an account within the organization’s own email system, or an account with one of the many free email providers (such as Gmail).
    2. If you’d rather not have to check multiple email accounts to get communications from us (email is our primary method of correspondence), set up the new account(s) to automatically forward incoming messages to your main email address.
    3. Create an online grants management account for each organization, using the email address(es) you’ve set up for that purpose.
  2. Once you are logged on, click the “Apply” link at the top of the screen, and choose the FY19 TSI application from the list of available grants.

    Helpful Hint:

    The primary contact person for this grant should be the arts teacher who will administer the grant activities. To ensure the arts teacher is listed as the contact person for your TSI application, that teacher should be the one to log on and start the TSI application.

  3. Complete the narrative, which includes questions about what you want to do and why; which standards your project will address, and how; when and where the project will take place; and how it will impact your students, immediately and in the future.
  4. Complete a budget spreadsheet showing what your expenses will be and where you will get the money to cover those expenses until your grant award is paid at the end of the project.
  5. Upload documents showing details about what you want to buy.
    • For example, if you’re purchasing supplies from an online store, you may upload a screenshot of your shopping cart.

Not quite ready to apply? Get a preview before you create an account.

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 and priority areas listed in the guidelines. Final funding decisions are approved by the Executive Director.

Review Indicators

Artistic and Educational Value


  • Plan of action present to address sustainability beyond the grant period
  • For artist residencies, includes peer-to-peer time with the arts teacher to ensure growth in the teacher’s ability to implement the method or process in the future

If your application is approved you will receive notification via email, followed by instructions on how to manage your grant through the online system. Your school (and district, if applicable) will enter into a contractual agreement with the S.C. Arts Commission, and you must comply with all requirements stated in that contract.

If your project cannot be carried out as proposed, contact your coordinator. You might be able to complete a revised version of your project but you must receive approval from the S.C. Arts Commission first.

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 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 funds received. The S.C. Arts Commission will not fund applicants who have outstanding Final Reports.


Please contact your coordinator for assistance.