Operating Support for Small Organizations (OSS) Grants

South Carolina Arts Commission

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Predicted deadline: Feb 15, 2025 8:59pm PST

Grant amount: Up to US $5,000

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



Operating Support for Small Organizations (OSS) grants provide two years of support for basic operations to help strengthen eligible organizations’ ability to bring ongoing arts experiences and services to individuals, communities, and other organizations throughout the state.
This grant is unrestricted, which means grantees may use it for any general operating expense related to their arts programming, such as staff salaries, paying the electric bill, printing programs, buying supplies, etc.

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

 This program is designed to be a simple way for organizations with annual arts budgets of $75,000 or less to apply for SCAC operating support funding. Eligible applicants range from emerging to established organizations. The grant provides two (2) years of unrestricted support for basic operations related to these artistic functions:
  • producing,
  • service,
  • presenting,
  • and/or education.
1:1 (grantee:SCAC) cash match is required.  Each dollar awarded must be matched with $1 cash. No in-kind expenses are allowed as part of the applicant’s match in this category.

Allowable (Operating) Expenses
Costs that an organization must make to perform its primary, day to day activities that generate revenue
  • administrative costs
  • office supplies
  • salaries for administrative/artistic personnel
  • commissions
  • marketing and advertising
  • research and development costs
  • rent
  • utilities
  • contract/consultant services
  • insurance premiums
  • everyday repairs to equipment
  • travel expenses related to normal business activities
  • property tax

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  • Your organization must fit all the following criteria:
    • Be described as :
      • having a primary mission focused on the arts OR 
      • serving as the primary arts provider in your community OR 
      • providing ongoing arts programming in your community.
        • Examples of “providing ongoing arts programming in your community” include, but are not limited to:
          • A concert series
          • Visual arts workshops
          • A season of theatrical productions
          • Other activities and initiatives conducted with the primary intention of providing arts experiences to the community.
      • Please note: Non-arts organizations are strongly encouraged to contact your S.C. Arts Commission coordinator for advisement before beginning their first OSS application.
    • Be 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 OR
        • Note: 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.
      • a unit of local government
    • Have completed at least one fiscal year of programming
    • Had a total arts expense budget of $75,000 or less for the last completed fiscal year
    • Have 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 S.C. Arts Commission 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.


  • This grant is not intended to support programming that is not arts-focused (although it may contain artistic elements).
  • Organizations receiving SCAC Operating Support funding may not receive simultaneous Arts Project Support funding, except for professional development opportunities.
  • FY23 OSS Group 1 grantees may not submit a new application for review; they will continue their existing funding cycle in FY24.
  • Non-allowable (Non-operating) Expenses - Costs that are unrelated to the core operations to the organization
    • interest on borrowed money
    • one-time or unusual costs
    • lawsuits
    • disposal of assets
    • losses due to natural disasters
    • decrease in inventory value or unsold inventory
    • any activities primarily intended for fundraising
    • new construction/facilities construction
    • food, beverages, alcohol, catering services

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This page was last reviewed March 12, 2024 and last updated February 28, 2024