Arts Project Support Grants

South Carolina Arts Commission

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Next predicted deadline: Jul 30, 2024 8:59pm PDT

Later predicted deadlines: Aug 7, 2024 8:59pm PDT, Oct 2, 2024 8:59pm PDT, Dec 4, 2024 8:59pm PST, Jan 8, 2025 8:59pm PST, Feb 5, 2025 8:59pm PST, Mar 4, 2025 8:59pm PST, Jul 3, 2025 8:59pm PDT, Aug 7, 2025 8:59pm PDT

Grant amount: Up to US $2,500

Fields of work: Art & Culture Art Education

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity, Artist

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach, Training / Capacity Building, Conference

Location of project: Preferred: Counties in South Carolina: Allendale County, Bamberg County, Calhoun County, Cherokee County, Clarendon County, Dillon County, Edgefield County, Hampton County, Jasper County, Laurens County, Lee County, Marion County, Marlboro County, Saluda County, Williamsburg County Other eligible locations: South Carolina

Location of residency: South Carolina


NOTE: Applications must be submitted at least five weeks before grant-funded activities begin or purchases are made. However, earlier applications are encouraged. Applicants do not need to wait until five weeks before their project starts to apply. No applications will be accepted after Monday, March 4, 2024. All grant-supported activities must be implemented between August 7, 2023 and May 31, 2024.


The purpose of the Arts Project Support (APS) Grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission (SCAC) is to support an artist’s or organization’s quality arts project or program or their commitment to improving themselves and/or their work artistically. Among other things, the APS grant can be used to build and/or increase technical, online, or virtual capacity; for community arts development; and for career advancement and/or professional development for artists and arts administration staff.

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  • Artists, nonprofit organizations, and units of government
    • Nonprofit organizations must be
      • currently registered as a charity 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 OR applying through a tax-exempt fiscal agent/receiver organization
  • Grant funds must be used for actual project costs, defined as consumable and non-consumable items needed to complete the proposed project (including, but not limited to):
    • Technical, online, or virtual capacity building (e.g., website development, technical support)
    • Equipment (e.g., kilns, lighting or sound equipment, musical instruments, storage)
    • Furniture (e.g., easels, music stands)
    • Professional services (e.g., performance space rental, web designer, consultant and/or cultural plan development fees)
    • Professional development (e.g., public art facilitation training, conference, or membership fees)
  • Artisits: The applicant must meet all of the following eligibility requirements:
    • Be a practicing artist in one of the following disciplines:
      • Dance (choreography or performance)
      • Music (production or performance)
      • Opera/musical theatre (production or performance)
      • Theatre (acting or playwriting)
      • Visual arts (painting, drawing, mixed-media, sculpture, or printmaking)
      • Crafts (clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, paper, plastic, wood, or mixed media)
      • Photography
      • Design arts (architecture, fashion, graphic, industrial, or interior)
      • Media arts (experimental film or film, including production or screenwriting, animation)
      • Literature (poetry or prose)
      • Spoken word/slam poetry
      • Time-based arts (installation, sound, video art, animation, computer generated art, or performance art)
      • Be a legal resident of the U.S. and S.C., with a permanent residence in the state for at least one year prior to the application and throughout the grant period.
      • Be 18 years of age or older at the time of application.
      • Not be a degree-seeking student during the grant period.
  • Matching Requirements
    • For Artists
      • 1:2 (grantee:SCAC – the grantee must match each SCAC dollar with fifty cents of their own funds)
        • At least 50% of the applicant’s match must be cash.
        • Up to 50% may be in-kind donation of materials and contracted services.
          • An example of “in-kind” is a contracted fee that is waived or discounted as a donation to your project.
          • In-kind may not include the applicant’s creative time or salary.
          • Funds from another SCAC grant may not be used as matching funds.
        • SCAC artist grant awards are considered taxable income.
    • For Organizations
      • 1:1 (grantee:SCAC)
        • At least 50% of the applicant’s match must be cash.
        • Up to 50% may be in-kind donation of materials and contracted services.
        • An example of “in-kind” is a contracted fee that is waived or discounted as a donation to your project.
        • Funds from another SCAC grant may not be used as matching funds.
  • Applicants may receive up to two APS grant awards per fiscal year.
    • However, a grantee may not receive funding for the same purchase or project twice in the same fiscal year.
    • Each APS grant awarded within a fiscal year must address a different project or a different component of a previously funded project.
  • Organizations receiving SCAC Operating Support for Small Organizations funding are eligible to apply for arts projects and professional development opportunities.
  • Organizations that are otherwise eligible, but are receiving SCAC General Operating Support funding, may not receive APS funding within the same fiscal year, except for professional development opportunities.


  • Priority will be given to individuals or organizations that have projects in SCAC’s Opportunity Initiative Counties:
    • Allendale
    • Bamberg
    • Calhoun
    • Cherokee
    • Clarendon
    • Dillon
    • Edgefield
    • Hampton
    • Jasper
    • Laurens
    • Lee
    • Marion
    • Marlboro
    • Saluda
    • Williamsburg


  • Organizations: these grant funds cannot be used for:
    • Fundraising activities
    • Goods for resale
    • Lobbying
    • Costs not directly related to the arts
    • Capital expenses or purchases
    • Scholarships or prizes
    • Endowment funds
    • Entertainment expenses, such as receptions, staff/member parties, awards, flowers, etc.
    • Food, beverages, alcohol, catering services
  • Artists: these grant funds cannot be used for:
    • Ordinary living expenses incurred during the project
    • Salary, honorarium, or stipend for grantee
    • Food, beverages, alcohol, catering services

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This page was last reviewed June 13, 2024 and last updated June 13, 2024