General Operating Support (GOS) Grants

South Carolina Arts Commission

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Predicted deadline: Feb 15, 2025

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Art & Culture

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity

Funding uses: General Operating Expense

Location of project: South Carolina

Location of residency: South Carolina


Important Updates:

GOS Grantee Groups

Current General Operating Support (GOS) grantees have been split into three groups, to reapply once every three years. These guidelines are for use by eligible applicants for FY25 funding.

FY24 Operating Support Grantees

FY24 grantees in GOS Group 3 may apply for a new funding cycle using the application available November 16, 2023. FY24 grantees in GOS Groups 1 and 2 will continue their existing funding cycle in FY25. An FY25 grant contract will be issued upon approval of the grantee’s FY24 final report, due in August 2024.

New Applicants

Organizations who are not FY24 operating support grantees may apply for FY25 operating support funding. The application will be available November 2023; the submission deadline is February 15, 2024.

About This Grant

General Operating Support (GOS) grants provide three years of unrestricted support for basic operations to help strengthen arts organizations that bring ongoing arts experiences and services to individuals, communities, and other organizations throughout the state. The grant provides operating support funding for applicants ranging from emerging to established arts organizations with primary missions involving these artistic functions: producing, service, presenting, and/or education.

Arts councils may also submit a separate application for subgranting of additional S.C. Arts Commission funds to local applicants.


To help strengthen arts organizations that bring ongoing arts experiences and services to individuals, communities, and other organizations throughout the state.


There is no pre-set funding range. Grant awards will be based on:

  • panel review of the applications
  • size of the applicant’s operating budget
  • availability of funds, and
  • Board approval.

Awards may vary from year to year and are contingent on appropriation of funds by the S.C. General Assembly. Each dollar awarded must be matched with $3 cash. No in-kind expenses are allowed as part of the applicant’s match in this category.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Your organization may apply for this grant if it meets all of these requirements:
    • has a primary mission focused on the arts OR serves as the primary arts provider in your community.
    • is either:
      • a nonprofit community-based arts organization;
        • 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
        • OR applying through a tax exempt fiscal agent/receiver organization (Note: New applicants who are applying through a fiscal agent/receiver will need to submit a letter that outlines the working relationship and responsibilities of both parties.)
      • OR a unit of government;
    • has completed at least one fiscal year of programming;
    • has a valid DUNS number. 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
    • and is either
      • a current Group 1 GOS grantee, or
      • a new GOS applicant (not a current GOS grantee in another Applicant Group).


  • Organizations receiving General Operating Support may not apply for Arts Project Support (ASP) (except for requests for staff professional development or cultural district related activities).
  • Organizations with annual expense budgets of $75,000 or less may apply for General Operating Support (GOS) or Operating Support for Small Organizations (OSS), but not both.

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This page was last reviewed March 04, 2024 and last updated March 04, 2024